The finished felting project looks amazing! I started with a purse, entered it in the County Fair, won Best in Division, and am a big proponent of felting. I haven't done any with crochet yet. I am always looking for interesting patterns. Next I may do some coasters. Also, great way to use up extra wool yarn. What have you made, and what responses have you gotten from it? Lisa
That's very cool your first felted project won at the fair! I too love felting. I make bags, toys, bowls. Right now I'm enjoying slip stitch patterns and how they look after felting. I've gotten great responses. My major weakness as a knitter/crocheter is assembly, weaving in those dreaded ends, and felting takes care of that for me! Stephanie
I've never felted a knitted wool item before. What kind of yarn works best for this? Do you need any special equipment? I live in the UK.
Typically any yarn that is 100% wool will felt/ just be sure its not Superwash! I have also felted wool blended with mohair and alpaca - though the finished product felted a little less densly. than 100% wool. No special equipment is needed - just a bit of dish soap, and sink and hot water!
Its best to knit a sample swatch then vigourously wash it by hand in hot soapy water (not too much soap though, it will make the fibers slippery and will take longer to felt). Its just amazing feeling the fabric change right in your hands - I love it so much I typically always felt by hand rather than in my washer - even for big projects like bags and vests.
Anyway - give it shot with any wool you happen to have and see what happens!
Thanks Rebecca, I'll give it a go.
I just finished this felted cat bed today. It's the first time I have felted something I've knit. I am in love with the magic of wool! I used Paton' 100% merino wool. For more info on the cat bed, click on the link to my blog below. you'll find a recent post.
Ah, here it is.
Hi, I love the cat bed. I'm sure your hoped-for kitten will love it. I went to see your recent post - got muddled. (I'm also a member of Ravelry, sorry about that.)
I can see this being the first of a series of projects.