Last year I made my sister a 6 colored ripple-stitch scarf from red heart hokey pokey for Christmas. I have a few ounces in every color and decided to make her a matching hat or two. The only problem is, whenever I start a hat pattern, I can get ALMOST to the end, and then *BAM* I run out of yarn... I've tried changing patterns, hooks, dosn't seem to matter. I'm about to just throw in the hat and freehand an ipod cozy. That should take significantly less yarn (I hope). For those of you who make hats, is there a particular style/look that uses minimal yarn?
I am also working on a toddler sized scarf for a friend, and I'm working with Wool-Ease (an acrilic wool xmis). The child has Cystic Fibrosis, so I want to make sure I wash the scarf realy well to kill any potential germs before sending it off... I've never worked with wool yarn before, will it felt if I put it in the washing machine, will it shrink if the waters to warm? Is there a way to clean the darn thing, other than traditional soap/warm water? I'm almost tempted to just place it on a cookie sheet and bake the darn thing, but I'm afraid that would melt the accrilic... I would realy appreciate any advice on how to give the scarf a good steralization without totaly altering the project.
ACK!! If I'm going to get my stuff done in time for Christmas, I better grab my hooks and pull an all nighter.