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hyperactive
12-05-2010, 04:44 PM
Hi!
I took a KAL on ravelry (German sub-forum for Drops-yarns) as a reason to not postpone felting any longer. And here is whar I made:

http://hyperactiveknitting.blogspot.com/2010/12/felting-my-first-project.html

This is the outcome:
http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/hyperactive/46859795/Filz_10_medium2.jpg

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/hyperactive/46875307/Filz_12_medium2.jpg

and these are intermediate stages:

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/hyperactive/46836837/Filz_01_medium2.jpg

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/hyperactive/46838009/Filz_06_medium2.jpg


And all the way to get to my "a hint of spring" today (yes, less than 3 hours of knitting time and felted the same afternoon) I took pictures for the KAL so I can show how I got there. If you want to know more: check my blog. :)

I needed 2 wash cicles and had to up the temperature from 40 to 50 degree.

I really have to say: it was easier than I thought, and more sucessful!
Little mistakes or un-evennesses of the knitting are forgiven so speedy processes are no problem. They can not be seen at all when you are done.

Jan in CA
12-05-2010, 05:21 PM
Those are great! I want to make some thrummed slippers.


I friended you on Ravelry. ;)

Debkcs
12-05-2010, 05:27 PM
Those are nice~

I haven't been succesful with thrumming, things always come out wonky. Seeing yours, I'm tempted to try again.

hyperactive
12-05-2010, 05:34 PM
Hi Jan!
Thanks for looking me up! I confirmed your request.
I had a pretty ok time with the felting.
My description already shows: one slipper has a lump on the front inside. But they really fit and they are probably going to be pretty warm - as soon as they are dry :) Wet as they still are they make my feet cold in seconds, but that is not their intention, of course.

I was happy to finally try the stuff. The yarn was pretty cheap, too. 1.75 per ball and I used less than 3 balls.
The leftovers I may make into x-mas-ornaments, I thought.
I also wanted to check into needle felting. Maybe I will read up on it and felt some snowflakes or stuff like that.

kmaclean
12-06-2010, 09:56 AM
Very cool! :woot:

hyperactive
12-06-2010, 10:37 AM
thank you! I will surely do it again. Maybe a bit different in places, but generally: that was not my only project.
And it WAS quick and easy. So if I need a few last minute gifts... this would be a fabulous quicky. Also because more felted shoes will wash better together.
I hope that when I get home tonight they are dry and I can wear them.

dturner
12-06-2010, 07:31 PM
Good job! I think felting is a lot of fun. And, as you mentioned, it conceals any small mistakes!

ArtLady1981
12-06-2010, 07:32 PM
Really nice! And so totally useful any time!!!

hyperactive
12-07-2010, 04:12 AM
I have to report: my feet are toasty in these! I wish I had given them just a little bit more of a "collar" around my ankle so that they would be a little higher, but fine... learning is part of it.
But they keep my feet soooooo warm!
Thank you for your apreciation. I can only recommend to try the felting stuff.
There are lots of shoe patterns out there, and bags, of course. maybe I have to try a bag.

My other plan was to felt a wool basket. Just a boxy basket from gray wool, maybe with a collar flipped over at the brim. And that felted. Just to sit next to my couch and hold some yarn. A felted basket would have no edges, to get stuck on.

Slim
12-07-2010, 06:59 PM
They look so warm and cozy! Don't you just love felting?

hyperactive
12-08-2010, 04:04 AM
Now I sure do!
If you guys want to see what the KAL has put out, here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/drops-design---deutschsprachig/1289240/1-25#19

You can vote, if you like. The votes are open to anyone. You have 3 votes by clicking "agree" underneath the shoes.

Pay attention to the shoes that Clarice39 made. She is running the group and the KAL and she sure knows what she was doing there! I just love the "Irokesenschuhe" (Mowhawk shoes) with the green fuzzies.
I will have to try to felt with that merino yarn. SO smooth in the felted structure.

Oh, and: I wear them from the moment I get home at night to bed time. My feet are toasty.
My husband asked this morning if I might want to make "office approved" felt slippers *grin*

WandaT
12-09-2010, 05:01 PM
Congrats!! They look great!

hyperactive
12-13-2010, 11:32 AM
thanks. I am working on some more. Really quick x-mas gifts!
On my needles now: one pair for my brother in law (will be followed by a pair for my father in law) and one pair of absolute feet-heat-shoes for myself from the thickest felting yarn I came by.