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Old 08-16-2006, 01:12 AM   #1
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HUGELY important felting lesson
I found out the hard way......

NEVER, EVER!!!!! (I can't stress this enough)

NEVER just stick your hand in the hot water of the washing machine to pull out your felted item. Use a dishwashing glove!!!!

I felted my first purse about ohhhhhh 4 hours ago, and my hand is still all red. Now it's....shall we say....kinda my fault, since I stuck my hand in the water to mid forearm without checking the water temperature first. The water was slightly cooler than boiling, not not much. I screeched rather loudly and yanked my arm from the not so tepid water, and danced around blowing on my hand, cause ya know uhhhh that'll help.(gaining a few strange looks from my neighbors, as I was in the community laundry).

Ok, but THEN, to show the world how smart I was, I STUCK MY HAND IN AGAIN!!!! oh, and again, and yet one more time. The whole time repeating to myself, and apparently everyone else in the laundry room, "ouww, oowww, oohhhh, hot, hot....."

A few people came over to see what I was doing, I explained, they wandered away in disinterest, muttering something about the weird girl who knitted something or other.

And finally, I got smart left the washer open, ran to my apartment and got the big yellow dishwashing glove.

All I can say in my own defense (other than I will be buying a helmet and a ticket for the short bus tomorrow), is I was excited since this was my first attempt at felting, and I didn't want to wait to see what my purse would look like.

Needless to say my hand is red, my pride is singed around the edges, but my purse looks good, and that's all that really matters right?!?
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:50 AM   #2
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Yes, it's true...knitting can be dangerous!!

Hope your hand feels better...and I can't wait to see the bag!!
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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sorry about your hand, but i think it's funny that you kept reaching in.
I think i would have too...
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:08 PM   #4
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Yikes! I use a wooden spoon to fish out the item! Hope your hand is okay!
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:18 PM   #5
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yup i keep a pair of gloves in the laundry room for just such a reason...i am a big weeeeeenie when it comes to hot water so i knew there was no way that water that steams my glasses would be cool enough for my delicate self to touch!
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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Now you know how lobsters feel! I wanna see the bag!
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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I have done the exact same thing! Of course having the lid of the washer fall on your hands doesn't feel great either. I also use a wooden spoon or a hanger help fish out the item.
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Here's a link to the pre-felted purse. It is drying as I type at home. I wish I was there, and not at work. I would problably sit there and watch it dry because I'm so excited about it. Seriously, I think I'm a bit slow.

I do have to say, I am now addicted to felting. And all ready have 3 orders for purses from friends.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ic.php?t=16623
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:00 PM   #9
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OOOOOOOH, pretty! :-)
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:26 PM   #10
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Hi
That is very pretty, what witht he wool or yarn that you used and was the pattern from KH.

I love it ...

Happy Knitting
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