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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2006 09:08:06 AM »

Curious to know if this was machine or hand felted. I worry about felting something with fun fur in it, knowing if I do it, it will turn out a right mess.
This was machine felted - just threw it in the washer (in a pillowcase, with a pair of old jeans for extra agitation) for one wash cycle and when I came back it was pretty! I've done all my Pi's in the machine.

The fun fur comes out nice this way - when you knit it up, it looks pretty scrawny and pathetic (a single strand of fun fur held with chuncky yarn doesn't look like much). But after the felting it is more compact (the wool draws together, putting more fun fur closer together). Although it looks gross coming out of the washer (drowned cat, anyone?) after it dries it fluffs up nicely and looks all purty-like Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2006 05:54:33 AM »

So how would it work to stash bust if I have a combination of bulky and worsted weight wool?  Just double strand the worsted, or will the felting even out the differences enough anyway? 
I havent tried felting before but my cat would adore this. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2006 11:12:19 AM »

Thanks for posting this!  I was thinking of making a bed for my kitty, but have toooo many projects on the go.  This looks like an easy weekend project - and it's so cute!
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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2006 11:51:58 AM »

So how would it work to stash bust if I have a combination of bulky and worsted weight wool?  Just double strand the worsted, or will the felting even out the differences enough anyway? 

I would double strand the worsted so it's as thick as the bulky yarn. Otherwise the bed would probably be lumpy and pull in more on the worsted areas.

But otherwise, I think that would work. The only place I used worsted yarn was casting off on one edge, and I used it doubled and it came out fine so...

Anyone else tried this?
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2006 08:35:39 AM »

can you felt yarns other than wool ? because i have nix wool and a butt load of acrylic/cotton and other ones

You can mix wool with other fibers....doing a test swatch would be the easiest way to test.  A hassle, I know....but might save you a lot of knitting in the long run. 

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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2006 01:01:30 AM »

wow that is cute as pie Smiley

i need to make one for my big fatty cat.. right now shes fast asleep sprawled across my lap and its starting to hurt my legs!  but i just cant wake a sleeping kitty she is soo happy! 
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