Now I know what happens when a knitted item is machine washed, and what felted fabric looks like.
I did have a lovely pair of gloves......now they just look like a piece of 'art' a colourful sculpture of a very small pair of gloves about the third of the size of the original, very thick and stiff. They were in the pocket of an old jacket which I had worn the previous day to the Steam Gala, and which was covered with smuts from the engines.
Here is a picture of them when I had just knitted them.
I was pretty upset, as this year I have really appreciated that this pair of knitted wool gloves is really very very much warmer than a leather pair.
Mr S was very sympathetic and in his way consoled me by saying that as I had knitted them, then I would be able to knit myself some more.