When will I learn to calculate gauge on EVERYTHING?! I thought that since it was a felted christmas stocking, and nobody would be wearing it, gauge didnt really matter. Well I bought a super bulky felting yarn from the yarn shop with the mean ladies. I am 14 inches into the stocking now and the pattern says when Im done, and before felting to fold it in half. Well I was kinda curious and just folded it in half for a second to see how big it would be overall...and I realized...width wise, the stocking is the perfect size already...So if I felt it, the heat will make it shrink therefore making it look more like a normal sock rather than a stocking to put my kitty's new toys in at Christmas time (I spoil him). I honestly believe the mean ladies at the yarn shop make me so nervous (and they really do make me nervous because they "lurk" and wonder why a man is in THEIR yarn store) that I lose all rational thought when I go yarn shopping. So I'm wondering if its possible to felt it in cold water so it wont shrink? Or is this something that really can't be helped? (Other than frogging of course) HELP PLEASE!!!