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Old 10-16-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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Curious about felting..
I did a search and read some of the threads about felting and it looks really neat! I'd like to give it a try sometime, but have a few questions.

Normally most wools itch me...what happens when the wool is felted? Does it change the feel of it as far as itchiness? Are some wools better as far as this characteristic?
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:02 PM   #2
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that is a good question. I have a friend I offered to make an oregon tote for and she said wool makes her itchy all over and I wonder if a felted purse would be itchy for her also. Hmm I hope someone knows. I love wool it doesnt bother me a bit. I can wear a wool sweater comando and wouldnt phase me a bit so I am not one to test this theory on.
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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Wool doesn't bother me, either, but the felted clogs I made were a lot softer after felting than before. I used Cascade 220. I don't know about other felted yarns. Most felted things aren't worn next to the skin--lots of bags and such, so it may not be a big issue.
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:27 PM   #4
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How much smaller do knitted items become? Would a long strap become shorter and less wide?

Does it matter how big the needles were when you were knitting? Does a smaller knit = a better felt? Is there such a thing?

Also, do you use soap when felting, or just water?
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I don't know if there is a formula for felting. It really depends on the wool and needle size.

As far as size, bigger is better. Every felted pattern I've seen calls for very loose fabric. I don't think tighter felts as well.

Wool has little hairs on it that make the wool stitck to itself and therefore become smaller and more dense. Agitation and hot water make this process happen in a controlled way. Superwash wool and some bleached wool lose these little hairs and don't felt.

A tiny bit of soap is added--not much at all. Items are washed in a washer with hot water and other things, like jeans, to provide agitation. Usually the knitted item is in a net bag or pillowcase to keep it contained and keep some of the lint in.
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:42 PM   #6
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Everything I read says to use Wool Mix... do you suggest Wool Mix, Ingrid? I forgot to pick it up at the craft store today, darn it!
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:55 PM   #7
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I have a jar of wool wash that I use a tiny, tiny bit of when I block my sweaters. I don't know if its necessary, but it makes sense.
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Thanks. I'll have to experiment a bit I guess to see what works for me.
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shame on me , when i did my oregon tote i use teeny bit of tide, i didnt have woolwashing liquid. it came ot very felted and very fast. I used lambs pride and I love that stuff, but dying to try WOTA
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I use, like 1 TEASPOON of regular laundry detergent....I use that Hippie Treehugger Seventh Generation stuff....they come out fine.

Lambs Pride felts up THICKER than WOTA. I saw a pair an an LYS by my mother's house & they were CUSHY!! I THOUGHT the WOTA ones were cushy before, but OOOOOH!
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