Remember this? It's the Through the Woods hood that I crocheted early this year. In the post linked to the pattern name I commented that I like the pattern and design but complained about the end result being too large. I'd used Berroco Ultra Alpaca which was probably too soft of a yarn to hold much shape. It's been mostly not used due to the disappointment. I'd considered altering it but the only way to do that would be to completely undo it and start again.
I saw it again in my drawer last week and pondered again what I could do to salvage it. Then another idea came to me. Washing can shrink things. Well, I decided I would never grow satisfaction for the hood as it was so I tossed it in the washing machine by itself to see how it came out.
Did you know Berroco Ultra Alpaca felts really well??
Oh well, what can one do? Experimentation always comes with a risk. Not sure if this one improved it or not though. He he. New knowledge gained though.