I was sooo looking forward to starting on the felted christmas stocking after I finished my mittens, but I just looked at the pattern (having never felted anything before) and realized I must pull the stocking out mid-cycle to check it. Well a downside to Germany is that about 10 years ago they began completely phasing out top-loading washing machines; and now, top loaders basically dont exist anymore over here. The only thing available are european front loading machines that lock up when you start them and wash your stuff for like 2 hours...in fear of the possible felting disaster that could occur (i.e. felting it too much and it ending up being miniature...I dont even know if that is possible.) I decided not to go and buy the yarn and risk wasting it, as yarn is so expensive over here. Chris, I would love to do the boxers, but I dont think you want to pay for postage to ship the pattern to me that and itll take about 2 weeks for it to get here. Do you know where I can find it online? I know its a very advanced project but I never back out of a committment and even though this isnt the project I wanted....who knows maybe the boxers will grow on me. Anyone let me know if I can find the pattern online. I know im super late but hopefully my bony, albeit quick, hands can catch up!