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boyforpele13 08-14-2011 08:33 PM

help felting Lamb's Pride Worsted?
I did some research and I did read that this one takes longer, but I've frankly lost count of how many runs through the wash I'm up to. I've also tried doing the cold rinse, using a bit of regular detergent, adding baking soda, soaking for 15 (and then 20) minutes in the hot water before agitating, etc. I haven't felted in a while and only the second time with this machine (new top loader purchased in 01/2011) and the first time worked beautifully. What's odd is ONE section of the items are felted perfectly gorgeous, but the part that's more important to felt for sizing has barely, if at all.

Anyone have any other tips or at least had similar experience so I don't freak out? LOL. Thanks in advance!

ETA: Oh, I do have one specific question. I know to add jeans/towels, etc. to the wash and use the smallest load size possible for the best agitation, but is there like a recommended amount of additional things? I keep adding items hoping it will help.

Jan in CA 08-14-2011 11:15 PM

I've never used that yarn, but a generally you use the hottest water you can, low level, jeans (or towels) and agitation. If these don't work are you positive it's not the super wash wool?

boyforpele13 08-14-2011 11:28 PM

I'm 100% positive it was their regular Lamb's Pride Worsted which is supposedly excellent for felting. Knitter's Review did a series on felting and said it took 26 minutes (I'm probably closer to 26 wash cycles lol,) which was longer than most other wools, but that it felted just fine and maybe a bit thicker than other felts, but nothing else about it really. I even tried submerging in a bowl of ice and then back in the hot as I read that somewhere (I'd heard the temperature shock sometimes helps before reading that.)

I think I'm going to give it one more shot in a full wash and if it doesn't work, just going to have to run out tomorrow and find some wool, I'm afraid. :/ I just don't have much of a selection locally, hopefully I can find something!

Thanks a bunch!

Jan in CA 08-15-2011 01:58 AM

This is bizarre! I can't imagine why it's not working then!

boyforpele13 08-15-2011 12:52 PM

Yeah, I think I officially give up. The last round (that I said I was giving up after,) I *thought* I started to see some felting action finally, so I did it one more go before bed and again just now and I'm just still not happy with the result and am off to try to find last-minute birthday wool in a few minutes. :P I think I might write them to see if they have any thoughts, although it will be too late probably. At this point, if the recipient knew how much water has gone into attempting to felt them, she would be pretty unhappy with me (and I can't say I'd blame her) so I really just need to call it.


Jan in CA 08-15-2011 03:38 PM

Try throwing it in the dryer on hot.

Lighting57 08-15-2011 03:54 PM

Check to see what temperature your water heater is set on. It may not be hot enough to do a good job. Or try a washer at the laundry mat. They usually are much hotter than mine at home. Also, as stated above, throw them in one of their dryers. They get quite hot.

Jan in CA 08-15-2011 05:15 PM

My water is very, very hot.. guessing maybe 140-150 degrees. I'll have to check it when I felt these slippers I'm working on. I just use a meat thermometer.

fatoldladyinpjs 08-15-2011 05:44 PM

Another thing you could do is to hand wash this in hot water in the sink. I just bought this device for hand washing, the Breathing Mobile Washer. It's the stupidest looking thing. It looks like a plunger with baffles on the end. I thought I was throwing my money away. But when I got it, it does everything the company claims it does. You put clothes in a gallon and a half of water, agitate it for two or three minutes, rinse it in clear water and briefly plunge it again, wring it out and hang it out to dry.

Darned if this thing doesn't work! It got my son's grungy pizza delivery shirt that was black and just about ready to walk away spotless. It cleaned the embroidered work logo patch and even got out some of the set in stains left from those expensive HE front loader machines at the laundromat. He texted me to thank me, amazed that it got out the pocket stains from his ink pens. I have a white work shirt for my food industry job that I'm supposed to keep spotless. It had ground in dirt and food stains left from the machine that I couldn't get out, and I've tried all the detergents and spot removers. My shirts were impeccable after just one use of this invention.

This stupid little device cleans my clothes better than those fancy machines, saves me time, and money. I imagine something like this would be great for felting as well, since you'd have better control over the whole process.

boyforpele13 08-15-2011 07:41 PM

How awesome is that little contraption! I want one just to have one! :P And also it would be great for things I wear a lot like PJ bottoms that don't fill up a load and maybe even for superwash hand knit socks!

And it's funny since you mention it for felting, I recall on an episode of Knitty Gritty, Michael del Vecchio was demonstrating a felted bag pattern from his book and recommended a large rubbermaid container and a plunger for small items and/or people that don't have a washer. I'm sure it would be fantastic for felting most things, but I'm afraid this particular item (I am deliberately not saying because it's for a gift and you never know where the recipient might be lurking (fellow knitter)) really requires a full-on very sturdy and fairly consistent felting for multiple reasons and I remember years back there were several KH'ers who tried non-washer felting options that weren't successful. It might work, though, who knows!

My water is pretty darn hot, hot enough that I feel scalded when I was digging in the washer for them, although I will say that I am fairly sensitive to hot water as a general rule. I even would let the washer fill for a few seconds until the water got full-on hot, drain the cool water out, and re-start with the full-on hot. I did try the dryer thing, although I was trying to avoid it (I've read that it can sometimes cause irreversible creases and such in felted items,) and I actually think I did get it down to size (maybe even too small now lol) but even so, it's *still* not felted properly and there's a particular aspect of such that will make it undesirable for the recipient (again, cryptic on purpose, I apologize. If you remind me next week I'll explain LOL)

I did contact Brown Sheep just to see if they had anything to offer, but nothing yet. I'm really sort of sad about it, not only because of the gift pinch it's put me in (I was able to get some wool at JoAnn's thankfully) it was my first time using the yarn and I *LOVED* it and absolutely adore the color range and price, so I hoped I'd found a new staple felting yarn (and maybe non-felted too where I wouldn't mind a single, I find it quite soft, although some might not :cry:)

Thanks, everyone!

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