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
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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 :-(