Saturday, December 17, 2011
Day 353 and Felt
Are you kidding me?? It took me nearly the entire year to get around to felting some wool? I must be out of my mind. There are so many awesome things that can be done with felt depending on the level of feltitude not actually a word you achieve!
Not being graced with a top loading washer that can be stopped at any time during the wash cycle, I had to felt this one by hand and so the level of feltitude is very mild here, but some of the benefits are already clear.
What was once a very scratchy and quite stiff wool is now draping and much softer. The stitches have lost some of their definition, so a simple stitch like stockinette or garter is fine to use and makes even something very large into a speedy project. Waiting for your item to dry can be agony, but take advantage of a drying rack and a fan (and even a hairdrier if you really want to move things along), and you'll see much faster results.