Okay, I have felted about 6 purses this winter....I even just finished a booga....thought I would never do one but love it.....however, I just had a disaster with felting.....
I went to my LYS and bought lovely plymoth wool to make a knitting tote and wanted it felted....they had a great pattern that was unfelted and the lady at the shop and I decided that if I expanded all measurements by 1/3 both length and width, that I would have a nice size felted knitting tote when I finished.......wrong......the 16 x 24 tote that I expected to felt in at around 12 by 18......came out 14 x 8, yes, I listed that correctly.....it felted so disportionately that I am baffled. I had previously used the same yarn and felted a very cute purse for my sister and the felting was almost proportional.....Now here is my question, all items I had previously felted were in the round.....this disaster was knitted straight......would knitting in the round make that much difference. My husband who ran a textile knitting plant said that he thought that might have made the difference.......I fell so "stupid" but the biggest problem is I feel that I wasted $30 of good wool and a weeks worth of knitting in evenings.
Any suggestions for a felted knitting tote......any comments......I don't want this to ever happen again.
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