View Full Version : Felting disaster.

05-03-2007, 07:11 PM
Well, today I tried my hand at felting for the first time. I knitted up a booga bag out of some really pretty Manos del Uraguay. Then I felted. And felted. And felted. I had read on here that some people had to run their bag through 4 cycles before it was how they wanted, so when I checked after the first cycle and it didn't seem to be felted at all, I ran it twice more. Bad idea. My poor bag is much smaller than I had anticipated.

And all that i-cord...


I'm going to try to salvage it. Maybe it could be a cute little pocketbook. At least I learned my lesson about checking when you felt.

05-03-2007, 08:33 PM
I'm sorry that happened! :pout: I bet you could still make something cute out of it! Maybe you could cut off part of the i-cord and re-sew it on?

05-03-2007, 08:49 PM
Oh no! Maybe you could embelish it a bit and knit another icord, felt that and turn it into a little evening purse kind of thing?

I had the opposite problem with my first felting attempt (handpun wool).
After the first cycle, I check it excitedtly and it looks exactly the same as when I knit it, but wet.
So, another cycle then check. Same thing. Yet another cycle. And so on. It took me about 7 cycles before it looked a little felted. I was tired, it was a coaster so I took it out and called it done.

Jan in CA
05-03-2007, 09:33 PM
Well, the booga bag IS naturally pretty small so it may not be just the felting process. The size is often complained about. Sorry you weren't happy with it!

05-03-2007, 11:24 PM
Now that I've got it sitting in the shape that it will ultimately be, I can see that it's not a total loss. So that's a plus.

Thanks for letting me know about the size, Jan. I just assumed from the picture that it was a lot bigger. I guess I'll just have to alter the directions for the next one I make (and don't felt to death :oops: ).

05-03-2007, 11:44 PM
sorry you had that happen! :(

it has happened to me before, but not with that pattern (I never made that one).
on the plus side, if there can be one that's worthwhile, if it did go smaller than it was supposed to it will be very strong!

05-04-2007, 06:33 AM
For whatever reason, my booga bag only required a single one hour cycle, and it came out fine. I found this strange at the time, but was happy 'cos it had felted perfectly. I'm sure you could salvage it! Try knitting up a new icord (I'm assuming the one you had shrunk too small, that almost happened with me).

05-04-2007, 05:46 PM
Hi there! I'm hoping the Booga is not a total loss. :pout: Felting is so much fun but unpredictable at times. I kept watching my first felted project, and got tired of standing there, so I got my kitchen timer and set it for every five minutes. It's worked every time. The felting doesn't get away from you that way. And you can knit and watch tv for five minute chunks! Hope this helps some for the next time. samm

05-04-2007, 06:58 PM
poo!!!!! :hug: