I have gone very quiet on the subject of my epic cardie. I have not posted photos. I have declined to mention any further, despite said item being completely and gloriously finished. There is a reason for this. When you last saw it I was just after blocking it and it looked like this.
I then tried it on and it then looked like this.
That’s right, by the mere application of a dab of water my cardie had gone from fitting perfectly (and me feeling really smug about it) to quadruple the size. I couldn’t actually speak about this for a little while.
People would ask me about it and I would say ‘long story!’ and move on. I hid it in my spare room – occasionally popping in to just look at it in dismay. Eventually I asked a fried for advice. She came up with two options. So I tried the first.
This is me putting my beautiful hand wash only cardie into a thirty degree wash in a vague attempt to shrink it. This is what it looked like afterwards.
So essentially no discernible difference except dying the pillow case I had washed it inside pink. I tried again on a forty degree wash.
It really is no better. So I am left with either risking a 60 degree wash which I am too terrified to go for, or going with option 2 – friend or charity.
And just before anyone asks – yes I did do a gauge swatch. I just didn’t wash it. I know I know…. but it’s really boring and who would have thought washing mattered?
RIP dear Cardie – I will mourn you while I knit something that doesn’t need to fit. Like a scarf.