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Old 07-01-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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KH Monthly Challenge.... JULY
The challenge for this month is...

A felted project!

Here a recent thread from the general forum about felting, if you're not sure what it is, or how to do it.

I'm sure we're going to see lots of Booga Bags and Fiber Trends Clogs (no pattern there, just the KAL thread).

Don't forget to check out Knitty and Knittng Pattern Central for patterns, too. Knit One, Felt Too and Felted Knits are great books all about felting! Your library might have them. And don't forget Nicky Epstein's Flowers--she has 2 chapters dedicated to felted flowers. (got to Amazon if you want to check out the books [/url]

You can ALSO take all those swatches I know you've been knitting, and felt them into coasters! I did this last summer, it was a great project. You can bead or embroider around the edges, too, maybe add a ribbon, etc.

Here's a great project to do with kids ... Felting around a bar of soap! All you need is roving, water, and a bar of soap! I did it with my niece and nephew last summer and they loved it! It was messy... but fun! About has a similar project with very detailed instructions. You can also search yahoo and google for "felt aroound a bar of soap" and lots of sites with instructions and pictures will come up.


Just remember, in order to felt, you need ANIMAL FIBERS. Acrylic, cotton, and linen won't felt. Some blends (part animal, part something else) won't felt either, AND if the animal fiber has been bleached white, it might not felt EITHER! make sure you check those labels before starting a project.... you dont' want to have knitted a FT Clog in cotton, only to discover LATER that it won't felt, and you're stuck with big foot slippers


Here's some other Feltmaking tips and FAQ if you're interested. ETA: THIS LINK NO LONGER WORKS :-(

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Old 07-01-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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Oooh, this might motivate me to finish DH's clogs!
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Old 07-01-2006, 03:18 PM   #3
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I'm in on this one..I've been wanting to felt something for a while.

So, alpaca will felt, right? I have two skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca, one in Navy and one called Redwood Mix. Not sure how much yarn I might need or what pattern I could use but I would love to make a felted bag of some sort. I'll have to go peruse knitting pattern central and see if I can come up with something.
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Old 07-01-2006, 03:29 PM   #4
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I'm in on this one too....I'm going to do the Lucy Bag in Mmmmmmmmalabrigo's Emerald Blue. This will be a Christmas present for my Grandma. I already have all the supplies but need to borrow my husbands arms to wind the 2 hanks since I don't have a swift!
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:13 PM   #5
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Send it to meeeee, I'll wind it up for you
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:56 PM   #6
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Oo... This is good. I'm supposed to make a diaper bag for a friend at work.

And a möbius bag...

And a sushi wallet...

I like to FELT!
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Old 07-01-2006, 06:01 PM   #7
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Send it to meeeee, I'll wind it up for you


And will it then mysteriously disappear in the post on the way back to Sara, Vendie?
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Also, wool that says "SUPERWASH" does not felt.
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Perfect! I am going to make a felted cell-phone holder for DH for our anniversary, so it fits the theme!
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Send it to meeeee, I'll wind it up for you


And will it then mysteriously disappear in the post on the way back to Sara, Vendie?
That is what I suspect! You can't blame her for loving that mmmmmalabrigo!!!!
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