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« on: September 12, 2005 10:16:52 AM »

Has anyone noticed this, or am I just nuts? The last couple of things I felted were "medium-sized" and felted in 1 cycle. But last night, I felted several little bowls (turned out SO cute) and they took forever! Some of the yarn in the projects were the same, some were different.

Were there just too many items? (5 little bowls in 3 pillowcases) Too little water? Or do smaller items take longer for some reason?

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2005 03:08:58 PM »

I am curious about this, too.  Because yesterday I tried to felt a little flower and it barely changed at all.  Granted, the color (cream) could be the problem but I was hoping that it wasn't too white to felt...  It's Lamb's Pride Bulky, so I know the fiber isn't the problem. 
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2005 03:27:33 PM »

I've got a felting question...I've never felted before but I am very excited because my first attempt is almost ready!  I'm working on a bag, I've got it all knit up and I've read up on how to do it, now my question is this:  When felting a bag, what keeps the front from felting to the back, or the strap from felting to the bag?  or in your case catlady, what keeps the separate items from felting into one?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2005 04:00:15 PM »

You got me, but with the bags I've done so far, everything stayed separate. Bowls too. Nothing adhered -- I think it's because the water gets between them and they move away?

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2005 04:17:06 PM »

Now, I've never felted anything before, but I'm just hazarding a guess..

Maybe with small items there isn't as much friction between things and it doesn't felt.  With larger items, having a larger surface area, there would be more all around friction, right?
Perhaps you ought to toss in something like an old pair of jeans to add some friction.

I think I read in a book that the reason things like openings in bags don't felt together is that there's just as much friction pushing the parts together as there is pushing them apart, therefore they don't felt together.

« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005 06:22:50 PM »

I remember reading in one of my many knitting books that larger items do felt faster than smaller ones.  It didn't give a reason why it was just warning you to keep a close watch when felting something large like a vest.  Sorry I can't give an explanation why.
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2005 06:40:36 PM »

Thanks, everyone! The "why" isn't as important as the knowledge that I'm not nuts. For the bowls, I added a couple of heavier garments, but forgot about the "shock" treatment the directions called for. It was the first time I'd seen it -- they recommended pulling out the items every few minutes and dousing them with cold water. The drastic temp. changes were supposed to help. I remembered before the last cycle, and will try to keep it in mind for the next batch.

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