I had hoped to reach the moment of Glorious Felting on my mini Kiki Mariko Rug for Olive’s ramp, but after I checked my felting math I realized that I had a few more pattern repeats to go before I could be assured the rug will be long enough after felting. No short rugs for my Olive girl! Better too long than too short.
This is where we are:
This little rug is all leftover bits and pieces of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, plus various Manos and Noro oddments (that turquoise!), until I got to the last few repeats, where I confess I snapped the seal on my Kiki Mariko Rug Kit and raided it for a few sassy brights.
With a foot of snow on the ground, those citrus shades were irresistible to me.
Miss Congeniality here has graduated to using her ramp in the lowest setting. The bed is still a hop, but a shorter, cushier hop.
This one is not even done and I’m dying to cast on the next one. I love it when I get a case of multiples fever—it makes the knitting go even faster.
New Frontiers in Felting Technology
As usual, virtuoso knitter Nell Ziroli is ahead of the Bang-Out-a-Kiki-Mariko curve. She’s out there learning the ways and means and tips and tricks to benefit the rest of us.
Here’s Nell’s rug immediately before felting.
I now want a skirt with a belt that’s a circular needle.
You will not want to miss the video of Nell’s steeking.
And here’s an amazing tip: Nell didn’t felt her Kiki Mariko in a top-loader or a front-loader, or in a washing machine at all. She soaked it in the tub until saturated, squeezed most of the water out, and then dried her rug in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls—I know! Is our Nell made of stern stuff, or what?
Nell’s method may be unorthodox, but it worked beautifully. I’m a little afraid that it would only work for someone with Nell’s derring-do, and that if I tried this myself I would get a massive hairball of matted fibers. But I’m intrigued enough that I may put Olive’s little rug in the dryer as a last step, when it’s almost dry. I love how smooth and crease-free her rug came out, and I attribute this to the plumping and fluffing effects of tumble-drying.
Note: Nell used a mix of worsted-weight yarns, double stranded.
I commend anyone in need of a blast of winter sunshine to follow the Instagram hashtag #BangOutaKikiMariko and check out the hijinks in the MDK Lounge. People are flying through their rugs, and generating lots of wisdom. We’re only a third of the way through the month, so there’s still plenty of time to join the fun.
P.S. The MDK Shop is getting close to being able to re-stock our Kiki Mariko Rug Kits. The colors we are missing are expected in Nashville soon. Thank you for bearing with!