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Old 08-16-2011, 12:12 AM   #11
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A lot of utility companies have recommended to their customers in the last several years that said customers reduce the thermostats on their water heaters to 120 deg F to save energy.

If yours is at 120 deg F--which is hot enough to *feel* very hot--and isn't doing the job, and Jan in CA's is at 140-150 deg F and is felting well, then we may be narrowing down to the minimum temp required for this method of felting. And it def. sounds like NO energy has been saved, least of all your own!

I haven't tried felting anything yet, but my water heater is *not* lowered in temp and, after this, it may not ever be....

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Old 08-16-2011, 12:51 AM   #12
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Just for the record..my water is that hot, but I usually wash in cold water unless I'm felting or need to sanitize something.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:56 AM   #13
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Brown Sheep is nice yarn. However, I've heard from this forum that some just aren't as good for felting. I thought someone mentioned that Cascade is one that felts well. It's probably nothing you've done. I like to knit small swatches to test the felting properties. If it doesn't work out, they make great little dishwashing scrubbies.

As for the Breathing Mobile Washer, did you see how they dry the clothes? They use a "solar powered dryer" (clothesline) lol
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:13 AM   #14
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Yeah, I'm totally not sure on the temperature. I can tell you that I can't get into a hot tub set at 103 degrees, so I'd say it's somewhere between 110 and 9000 degrees LOL. (Comparing it to a hot tub, if I had to guess, I'd say you're correct about the 120.) I can say that I felted in this washer once before (it's newish) and it was a mish-mosh of varying brand scraps knit into a lovely oven mitt and it felted perfectly. I guess the true test will be in a few days (hopefully tomorrow!) when I felt #2!

Cascade defintely felts well, in my experience. Have had nothing but good experiences with that and Malabrigo Worsted, Plymouth Galway, Berroco Ultra Alpaca (one of my very favorites for felting because it gets a beautiful hairy fuzz to it, I know some people don't like that in felting,) Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Manos del Uruguay.... I'm sure more, but that's all I can think of. :P Really, the only time I've ever had a felting problem before this was with some Barlett Yarn that I got on clearance from an online store going out of business. I noticed when I got it that it had a very pungeant and persistent smell about it (not unpleasant, but not pleasant either,) so I don't think it was the fault of me or the yarn, maybe how it was stored/treated prior to my purchase, but still lovely yarn (I have a project OTN with the same batch, just not felting this time.)

Lol @ "solar powered dryer," that's awesome!
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Just an update, as promised. They were Fiber Trends AC-33 clogs, which I've made about a dozen pairs of and never had this problem with. Once a knitter friend of mine felted them for me and "accidentally" felted a size 11 down to her size 8 teehee (aside from the Bartlett thing.) Other than that, nothing but perfect and beautiful clogs. And it was because they were the clogs that the proper felting was so important, not just for fit, but so there weren't huge garter ridges sticking up and out of the inner and outer soles (which there very much still were, the only thing that felted really well was the cuff and the upper part, which was mixed with Malabrigo.) I was able to locate wool from a not-terribly-distant Joann's (was surprised to find the half decent selection actually) and completed the second pair on the afternoon of her birthday and attempted to felt and it went beautifully. I ran out of time as we had plans that evening so I didn't get them felted down to her actual size, but they began to felt well before the 1st cycle was up and half into the 2nd cycle, they were near perfect with no ridges, so now I can say without a doubt that it isn't the washer. (Being she's a knitter as well, I actually don't think half-felted was a bad idea, now they can fit her perfectly when she completes felting, just not my preference for gifts LOL)

I did contact Brown Sheep, but have not yet heard back, so I went ahead and sent an inquiry to the online store I got it from (not a complaint, just to ask for future reference really because I thoroughly enjoyed working with the yarn and was hoping it would be a new felting staple) and will share if I get any pertinent info regarding the yarn specifically.

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I would like to find out what your pattern is for the clogs. Are you willing to share? Is this something you just wear around the house or could you walk around with these outside? I'm thinking maybe if you would sew a thin leather sole to it, like moccasins?
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It's the good old Fiber Trends AC-33 (New version) and they do have instructions for adding soles and the ones that didn't come out right, I happened to use the join method that's used for joining soles. However, I think the ridges on the inside might be more uncomfortable, or did you mean to sew them in both?

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I'm working on my first pair of clogs right now, but I have the old pattern. Seems to be working fine for me though. I'm using Ella Rae Classic and Manos de Uruguay Maxima.

I'm glad it worked out for you in the end. That's weird that the Brown Sheep didn't felt. I wonder if it was a mis-marked superwash or something.
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I still prefer the old version on the teal paper definitely! I hope you're enjoying it!
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I have one question about your attempted clogs; what color were they? I've heard, but never verified by experience that very light colors don't felt as well, especially white. I recently knit up one Fiber Trends slipper, not a clog in a light yellow (because I have it, not because I thought it was the best color for slippers) of some real old wool I got at a second hand store. I wonder if it will felt well?
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