If you remember my horror story about breaking my washing machine last year at about this time of year trying to felt slippers. Well i did it again ! What the heck is it about felting that I can't seem to get. I try so hard and the harder I try the more damage I do to my washing machine. I was felting a few things and eventually they did felt but afterwards my washer would not spin and therefore would not drain. Hubby had to get a repairman to come in. The switch was to be okay but the pump seemed to be jammed! Yup, you guessed it there was wool clogging the pump. Now I want you to know that I felted my projects in a mesh bag. Apparently the wool fibers migrated out of the bag. Who knew? Anyways, a bit of $$ later I was ready to attempt felting this Booga Bag pattern by Julie Anderson. I had knit it a bit larger than the pattern calls for out of my handspun Tutti Fruity polwarth I had purchased at London Wul . Well I knit the darn thing too long and not tall enough. I remembered too late that things felt more in height than they do in width. So I had to cut some of back and sew that to the top making my bag a little more acceptable. It has to be lined. I like it irregardless and plan to attempt another. I did remember to add hot water from my kettle to the water, baking soda to aid in the felting process and to put my project in a pillow case and not a mesh bag. So I had no migrating of fibers to the washing machine pump. The pictures are below.
|knitted Booga Bag|
|Booga Bag complete|
Knitting at Read's will be Wednesday night November 28th at 6pm.
Remember at this stressful time of year that 2 sticks in your hand and a bit of yarn can make a memory.