One of the peculiarities of fulling knitted fabric is the proportion in which it shrinks. Knitted fabric shrinks far more vertically than horizontally. I was astonished at how much more. You can see in the picture of the ruler on the basket bottom that the horizontal shrinkage was really only about 1 " over the 10.5" of the pre-fulled size.
The next couple of pictures are much more dramatic:
The side shrank from 9" to 5"! The whole basket now stands about 12", including the handles. The stitch definition is totally gone, and the fabric is thick, yummy, scrummy..... I think there are fulled slippers in our future. (Yep, definitely. The knitted socks would be p-r-e-t-t-y funny looking, pre-fulling!) One of the nicest things about this pattern was that it was written with this wacky proportioning in mind and the finished basket is a lovely, useful size and proportion.
Oldest did me the favour of holding it open so that I could take a picture...
Oh, and yesterday I did Kool-Aid dying with the grade 7 class. Here are the hanks drying at home. If you ever get the chance to go in and do this with a bunch of interested, motivated kids, it's totally worth it. What a great time!
May your day be full(ed) and Kool,