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Old 08-14-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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Felted Log Cabin, Wadaya think?
I love felting and I love felting with Lamb's Pride bulky. I've been stashing up on LPB and have a wide variety of colors.

I've been toying with the idea of making a log cabin blanket and felting it!! Has anyone felted a blanket? Do you think it would retain it's shape or would I end up with a misshapen mess?

I'm picturing a "small" couch blanket, afghan size.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:48 PM   #2
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I'm not real familiar with felting, but I understand some colors of some yarns felt faster than others. I wonder if blocking after felting would help even things out. Sounds like a neat idea for a heavy blanket. Seems like it would be nice and warm.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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If you don't let it felt too much you should be able to make it even and not out of shape. I can't picture a felted blanket being soft enough, but that's probably just me. I do think it would make a great rug though!

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Old 08-14-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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I'm picturing something like a Hudson Bay blanket!!!

Maybe Ill try a small "rug" size first and see what happens!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:26 PM   #5
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Try "fulling" it instead of felting it completely.
The idea is to stop when some shrinkage has occurred but there is still some stitch definition.
The blanket will be warmer and thicker, but it will still feel like knitting. I agree with Jan: a hard, firm, fully-felted blanket just doesn't sound comfortable.

As for the different rates at which different colors felt, you may want to felt a swatch of each color and see what happens.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:55 PM   #6
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Try "fulling" it instead of felting it completely.
I agree. Fulling will give you a softer result.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:16 AM   #7
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Funny you should post this. My mom found an old blanket some uncle had made years ago. It reminded me of the Hudson bay blanket. My mom said he knit it. It had to have been felted then.
If I ever see it again, I'll get a picture of it. It made me think of trying the same thing.
Please keep us posted on how it turns out and good luck!
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I think you might be able to achieve some softness with different yarn, maybe something thinner, and a blend of silk or alpaca. I've felted with KP Elegance and andean silk, and they are both super soft and flexable... but you'd be knitting that blanket for years!

Otherwise, I concur: it might be too stiff... you'd had a log cabin rug instead.
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