Sunday, 17 March 2013


Sometimes things just don't go to plan

I learned a lesson this week...
I love to make knitted/felted bags. And for any of you haven't tried this I thoroughly recommend it. 

It all started for me when I bought a book 'Knit and Felt Bags' by Bev Beattie.

It involves knitting bags with various pure wool yarns that are then washed in the washing machine at 40 degrees. This shrinks the work back to a much smaller bag that is now made of a beautiful felt fabric. Awesome.
But be warned...It's very addictive. You can experiment by adding different yarns and embellishments creating different and sometimes very unexpected results every time. I find myself standing by the washing machine waiting for the cycle to end so I can see what I have created.
However, some so-called pure wools have been chemically treated to stop them shrinking when washed and therefore cannot be felted...and this week, I got a little complacent and forgot the golden rule... ALWAYS KNIT A SAMPLE FIRST!!

I spent several hours knitting a lovely navy blue bag with an electric blue fluffy border only to find that the wool did not want to felt at all. Even after, in desperation, I subjected it to a 90 degree wash!! 
Funny...I always thought it wouldn't happen to me. Just because I'd always been lucky before.
However, I won't be making that mistake again. Maybe.

...Until the next time!

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