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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felted pillow case? on: February 26, 2009 08:54:27 AM
Hi everyone,
I got some cheap wool perfect for felting, only I have never done it before. The felting section on here had mostly info  on needle felting, and the felting threads I found here weren't quite as specific as I would like.

I was hoping to knit a cover for a throw pillow I have now that is getting older and the fabric is faded. Is there a standard amount it will shrink during felting, or will I have to knit and felt a swatch and do the math? Also, I am assuming I felt it along, then maybe block it to the pillow size and THEN sew it together on the pillow?

I know these may be silly questions,  but I don't want to ruin it!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hand Knit Wedding favors Advice on: February 19, 2009 10:40:49 AM
I'm getting married at the end of July, haven't wanted to spend a lot of money on wedding favors. We already  bought fruit roll ups with our picture and wedding date on them, but from  the outside they look just like regular fruit roll ups so I decided we need something else as well.

I had the thought to knit something very small in a cheap yarn, so that everyone could go home with something handcrafted by the bride.

So here is where I need advice:
I thought to do bookmarks in our wedding colors (some in red, some in blue), because they are small and easy and I could do 5-10 in a day, also I can switch up my styles so I learn some new stitches and/or lace patterns. also I am a librarian so it is a cute nod to my career.

Does anyone foresee any problems with my plan? I'm notorious for not thinking things completely through.

Anyone have any idea how much yardage is needed and if it is doable in various yarns? The patterns I found (as opposed to my idea of pick a stitch I like, garter knit edges, knit a rectangle) were all lace weight yarns, and therefore required more yardage than if I did the same thing in a bulkier yarn (right?)
I had hopes to use Red Heart, maybe the pound skein, basically, the cheapest per yard I can find. Any other yarn recommendations?

I know this got wordy...I'm just nervous because its my wedding and I don't want to commit to a plan that's completely unfeasible.
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