first of all, thanks so much for your opinions on the hat! they were very helpful. i think i may try the border, then if i don’t like it rip it. i’m assuming in doing this that the asymmetry will still be bold enough (blue compared to orange).

on the line

one morning this week, i finally decided to try felting the stack of stuff i had piled in the yarn room. so into the washer on hot with a bit of soap went 3 moth eaten cashmere sweaters that a kind woman dropped at my doorstep last week, two fronts to a cardigan (the rest of which was ripped for yarn recycling, but these didn’t work – i also used them to exhaust a dye bath), and one little knitted swatch for my friend peggy (not shown).

overall, it went well. these were the fastest to felt and left lots of blue bits on everything else (witness the cashmere sweaters below). they were easily done in one wash cycle.
really felted

the three cashmere sweaters were a bit different. the red one might not have felted at all (superwash cashmere?), the tan one felted up like crazy and i didn’t take it out so it felted more and more, and the black one needed the two wash cycles, as did peggy’s felted sample.

felted cashmere

as someone who has never felted before, it was really interesting to watch everything felt at a different rate. so, what do i plan to do with these? i think the cashmere that felted may be cut into pieces to stitch at the forehead sections if people find hats itchy. the blue pocket cardi fronts i’m pondering some sort of wall hanging to hold my circular needles for one of them. the red cashmere sweater? i’m not sure. anyone have a use for it?

5 thoughts on “feltable

  1. I bought myself six pillow protectors with zippers when I started felting, they’ll protect each sweater from the others & your washing machine from the loose fibers – you wouldn’t want to clog your pipes or machine, that bill could be expensive & though the look on the plumbers face might be worth blogging.

  2. I definitely recommend using zippered pillow protectors in the washer. I also throw in a few cans of used tennis balls or an old pair of levis (or both) to increase agitation. Have fun making things with these…and a caution, felting can be addictive. I know.

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