November 05, 2004


As I said, I have been knitting — these:


Bags in their pre-felting state. I haven’t actually made any felted bags before, but instead of trying one out to see how it all works, I’m jumping in with a whole bunch at once. Always sensible, that’s me. I’m trying to use up various leftover amounts of wool from other projects, hence the different patterns; these are all Patons Classic Wool. I plan on felting them all at the same time — any reasons I shouldn’t? I’ll test some swatches together to make sure the colours don’t run, and enclose each bag in its own zippered pillowcase (which I have to go buy), since we just got a new washing machine and I really don’t want to mess it up.

Now I’m working on another bag, this time with some leftover Lopi — I’ve finished one side, and while it’s not looking very bag-like, I have faith:


In other knitting news my dad’s sweater is moving slowly along (at the rate of 3 or 4 rows a day) and I’ve finished one mitten to match Tyla’s tam, which I want to have her try on before I make the second (it seems impossibly tiny, but she does have small hands).

By the way, in response to Dani’s comment on the last entry, I actually find that my blanket gives me motivation to swatch for projects when I might not otherwise, since I know I’ll have to make a square to commemorate each project anyway — it might as well be a swatch.

Posted by Aven at November 5, 2004 02:32 PM

I can’t see any reason that you couldn’t felt them together. You can get cheap zippered pillowcases at Winners ($10 for two).

The only think I learned the hard way about felting is that it shrinks more in width then then length (usually).

Really cute bags!

Posted by: Dani at November 5, 2004 03:41 PM

The bags look very nice. I especially like the pattern on the black and gray one.

The last three or four times I felted something, I just put it in a normal pillowcase that I knotted shut. I was able to get a bubble of air in it so that it would float in the laundry and be easier to find.

Posted by: Lydia at November 5, 2004 04:08 PM

Love the bags. If you are worried about running add a little salt to the wash. It works just don’t ask me how.

Posted by: jean at November 5, 2004 05:52 PM

Paton’s Classic Wool felts really quickly so don’t walk too far away from the washer.

The zippered bags will keep most of the colour from running into the other ones. I felt stuff together all the time and the only colour that really ran was red. It ran onto my jeans (handfelting don’t ask) but came out in the next wash.

And your grey bag looks a LOT like my first booga bag.

Happy felting—it’s totally addictive.

Posted by: Steph at November 5, 2004 06:22 PM

I’ve only felted two items but I plan to felt many more. I did mittens and a bag (not together). Put some other items in the wash (this from “Knit One, Felt Two”) - helps the whole process. I used mesh bags designed for washing baby clothes. Really cheap at one of those dollar stores (a buck a bag). I checked the items often (aka compulsively) as once they seem to go, they go QUICKLY and you can overfelt them. I haven’t used the Patons, I did use the Lopi Bulky and it took me two wash cycles and a bit. Different for every case (ala soap, addition of other items, water temperature). My advice would be to check the items fairly often. The only downside of the mesh (lingerie washing bags are the same) bags are that more fibers escape than would in a zippered pillowcase (I used that for the purse). Have fun! It’s a blast. I am doing mittens again this week, given our ever plummeting temperatures.
Pam in N.S.

Posted by: Pam at November 6, 2004 07:05 AM

I’ve done a lot of felting and I know I’m going to anger the felting gods by saying this but it is really easy and I’ve never had any problems. Don’t bother buying the zippered pillowcases. Just use an old pillowcase (the yarn can bleed just a little sometimes) and wrap the top with a rubber band. You can felt them together no problem and I actually get laundry done at the same time.

It has to be the hot/cold wash cycle and there has to be agitation so I throw in jeans with my felting and I even put in laundry deteregent. I let them go the whole cycle and just repeat three or four times. The spin cycle gets the water out but it is still damp so I can block them and let them dry.

There are probably gasps at what I just suggested but everything I’ve ever felted did beautifully. When I wanted to felt something down quite a bit I washed my sneakers with the felting. That gave it a lot of agitation.

Have fun! It is quite addicting.

Posted by: Laurie at November 6, 2004 12:02 PM