View Full Version : New here and looking for some opinions

01-16-2008, 10:54 PM
I am new to this forum but I have been knitting for several years. I recently was give some 100% wool hand painted yarn in some really beautiful colors. The problem is it is pretty rough. What should I do with this yarn? It is pretty but I would hate to put a lot of time into something and then not be able to use it. I am not really familliar with wool, will it soften when it is washed? Any and all thoughts appreciated.

01-16-2008, 10:58 PM
Hi!! Welcome
Unless it is superwash wool it will felt..in that case I would make something felted, like a purse or a cute pair of slippers:) How much yardage do you have? Feltable wool is kind of rough usually so I think that is what you have;)

01-16-2008, 11:36 PM
I have about 800 yards of each color. I have never knit slippers before...are they hard?

01-16-2008, 11:39 PM
This would look great in some handpainted yarn!

Amanda's Squatty Sidekick (http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/felted_items/45-1.html)

It takes less than 200 yards to make one bag and it works up so fast!

01-17-2008, 10:56 AM
You could also knit up a swatch and try handwashing as you would a sweater and see if it softens up.

01-17-2008, 01:05 PM
It should not felt if you hand wash in cool water. I have heard of people using hair conditioner to soften yarn. Try a swatch.

01-17-2008, 01:58 PM
I would suggest a purse, something that you won't wear too close to your skin--have fun, whatever you decide, it sounds like really nice yarn.

01-17-2008, 02:31 PM
A vest?

01-17-2008, 04:51 PM
A felted purse would be great. If you need a pattern just google felted purse pattern and you will be amazed at how many free patterns you will find.:knitting:

01-18-2008, 05:45 PM
A vest?

a vest would probably be a good idea
or like someone else said, amanda's squatty sidekick
they would both look good :yay:
hope this inspires you!!

01-19-2008, 10:22 PM
Hi, I'm brand new to this forum. Couldn't help noticing your Maltese puppy, I have one too. She will be 3 in Feb. Aren't they just the greatest dog. Mine gets jealous when I knit. I want to make a coat for her sometime.