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« on: January 24, 2006 07:04:18 AM »

The new Lion Brand newsletter just came out and I admit that the felted-muff grabbed my attention . I have some of that ebil fur yarn and I've been dieing trying to figure out how to use it up! So I'm looking the pattern over and I catch-

"If the muff is still too large, you can felt it additionally by washing again. Felting is often improved by adding about 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash water to increase the alkalinity."

I've been felting my knits for years. It's one of my favorite things to do (I'm even famous at the LYS for it!) but I have never, EVER heard of baking soda to help felt!

Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Or is Lion Brand just messing with me?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006 07:08:34 AM »

I read that somehwhere too.  A knitting book at Chapters I believe.  Sorry I don't remember which one.  It was news to me as well.

« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006 10:38:15 AM »

I have added baking soda to the water (b/c I read it somewhere too).  I didn't do a comparison with the same yarn or anything, but it did seem like it felted quicker than other projects I've felted, which was a plus for me since I have to use pay washers.  It probably depends on  what the water is like where you live.

**disclaimer:  I know NOTHING about chemistry.  Never took it in school.  But I DO watch a lot of CSI, does that count?  haha

if you can't be a good example then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

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