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« on: December 26, 2004 04:06:54 PM »

I was wondering about this wool.  See, it is pretty cheap and very nice feeling, so I thought it would be great for felting.  However, it has the 'natural lanolin oils' still in it.  Would the smell be washed out in the felting process?  Also, can I kool-aid dye something and then felt it, or should I felt then dye?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2004 11:28:30 PM »

I can't figure out if you want to keep the lanolin/wooly smell or not, from the way your post is worded...
The fulling process (heat + some detergent of sorts + agitation) because of the detergent that many people say make the process easier, will remove the lanolin from the wool. However, if you want the lanolin to still be there, you can wash the fulled object afterwards in Eucalan, or some other lanolin containing wash. I've read in a few places that some people just put a teaspoon of Lansinoh into the wash water.

About the kool-aid dye, I haven't tried it myself, but I've just heard of people winding the LB Fisherman's wool into hanks, dying those, then rewinding them into usable balls.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2005 09:50:05 AM »

I used this wool on a felted bag I made for a gift and had super results. The bag was absolutely gorgeous. Post-felting, it smelled like regular wool when it dried. I did find, however, that the addition of lanolin didn't end up drying my hands out like Brown Sheep Co. wool does. I bet this stuff dyes up great, too. G'luck!
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2005 02:18:29 PM »

 I've used this yarn for felting for 2 diffrent projects and they turned out beautiful. I made the candy stripers bag from SnBN,which I dyed with Kool Aid first and I just finished my first pair of Knitty's Fuzzy feet. With the Fuzzy Feet, I dyed them after I felted them. It actually turned out good. The smell goes away(I kinda think it smells grossm, especially with needles in my hand and itching my nose,alittle too close for me!). I actually just smelled my foot beacuse I have my Fuzzy feet on!
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2005 08:12:56 PM »

hehe why thank you everyone for the info...I'm glad that the smell goes away--I've been wanting to felt something but landscapes is way too expensive for me and the only yarns I really have access to are lion brand.
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