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« on: February 16, 2010 06:33:45 PM »

This is my first ever attempt at wet felting.  I found this awesome pattern online and since I just got some wool, I thought I would give felting a shot.  This is the pattern http://www.heavydutydesign.com/alicethelma/2009/03/free-pattern-felted-nesting-bowls/  Her bowls are awesome and beautiful, mine is nice, but doesnt look like those.

I used a sport weight yarn and knit on size 8 needles as that was the largest dpns I have.  The pattern calls for knitting every row.  Here is my attempt at her wonderful bowls.



The top of the bowl rolled in on itself.  I thought this would fix itself in the felting process but as you can see, it just felted a lip on the bowl.  Also the sides of the bowl are not as stiff as I expected them to be, the structure of the bowl doesnt hold at all, its all floppy.

Can someone who knows more than me, please tell me what I did wrong?  I love the concept of this and I very much want to make more bowls and possibly a pencil/pen/needle holder for my desk.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010 07:04:11 PM »

I think you bowl is very cute!

How did you do the felting?

It might be that you used sports weight instead of worsted weight wool...it is heavier and felts a bit stiffer...if you want a pencil holder, you definitely will have to make it taller--the shrinkage is 1/3 to 1/5 the size--it is hard to judge sometimes...

did you dry it in the dryer?
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010 07:26:15 PM »

No, I shaped it by hand while it was wet and stuffed it with plastic grocery bags.  The felting that I did was in pillowcase in the washing machine.  I read later that you are not supposed to let it go in the spin cycle and I did that so I thought maybe that had something to do with it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010 06:10:05 AM »

Well, here is what I do:  I knit the project, usually a purse...sew it together and then I put the water on very low on the washer, add soap, bicarbonate soda, and put it on the highest agitation...I throw in some old dishtowels because the felting is caused by the towels rubbing up against the wool fibers...

I let it go through the spin cycle...I then take old socks, stuff them inside the purse and shape it a bit...I take it out when it is damp, do a final shaping, then let it air dry...if I do not like the felting, for instance, if it is not hard/dense enough, I do it again...for a purse it is not necessary to be so hard, but for my bowls or jewelry, I like it thick and dense...I have been using this method for about six years now...

Hope some of my tips work for you...you have to keep trying, though, because you did such a nice job with your knitting! I used to do stockingnette but found that it really did not matter once felted...It does matter if you do seed or moss stitch--it gives the felting bumps, which I like!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010 09:32:15 AM »

Those are some great tips, alwaysinmyroom!  I was curious if I could have knit maybe a 1x1 rib because I felt it would have held the structure a little more before felting...or maybe knit one row then purl the next.  Think I will give it another shot when my head cold lets up..   Sad
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