That day has yet to come but, recently, inspired by my friend Nat from Made in Home a perusal of the wide variety of yarns that are now easily available online and some incredible knitted, crocheted and felted creations on pinterest, I am again finding myself entangled in a world of yarn and fibre. I considered starting another blog as a sort of Journal to record interesting discoveries and my makes. But I don’t think I’d manage to keep it going because of course I’m still wanting to sew and make quilts and I already struggle to find enough hours in the day.
SO, Instead, I’ve decided to start WOOL ON SUNDAYS. From Monday to Saturday each week Rainbow Hare will carry on unchanged with my usual mix of sewing quilting and random and I’ll save anything related to wool or yarn for Sundays – so if you’re a quilting friend who doesn’t like knitting you’ll know to skip my Sunday posts!
On the other hand, if you have a post of your own which includes felt or yarn arts of any kind you are very welcome to pop along to my Sunday posts and link up :)
During the last couple of weeks, I have finally embarked on a long intended adventure into the unpredictable art of felt making. My real ambition is to attempt to felt some of those fleeces in a controlled way, hopefully without having to spin them first (I have already felted/wrecked a jumper :( ) but when I stumbled across Wash + Filz It I decided, with some trepidation, to start with a product that other people who know more about it all than I do seemed to think was genuinely going to work out. I say ‘seemed’ because although Wash + Filz It is described as shrinking and felting easily in the washing machine at 40° (or sometimes 60°) I struggled to find clear product information
anywhere about exactly how much it shrinks. I did find an excellent blog post – A felting primer for hand knits (wet felting) – with a lot of helpful information in both the post and comments, though, and I eventually decided the best thing would be to buy a pattern and wash it on my machine’s shortest 40° cycle (30 minutes) and reserve judgement about whether to finish felting it by hand if it didn’t work out. So I bought this pattern from Black Sheep Wools and followed the ladies size for my first attempt to give myself a benchmark for future projects. I used Wash and Filz It Fine and knitted on 5mm needles. If you’re thinking these are looking a bit clunky, that’s because I had to go go three needles outside my comfort zone!
I would have considered putting them through on a longer cycle to try to shrink them down a bit more but my daughter was staying and we wanted them to dry in time for her to take them home so we left it that if they get even bigger with wear she can put them in her washing machine and make sure to stretch them into shape whilst they’re wet.
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