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Old 12-26-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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Need help felting a stubborn piece please!
I knit the cup warmer from this KP pattern:

http://www.knitpicks.com/Come+in+Fro...D50517221.html

I knit it in Telemark, just as the pattern says. I stuck it in the washer in a pillowcase on hot with a bunch of DH's old jeans and jean shorts, but after 26 total minutes agitating, it hasn't felted a bit!
This is not my first felting project at all, so I'm stumped. I've felted smaller things than this, but I haven't felted Telemark before.
Any hints? How can I get this felted? It was supposed to be a Christmas present but one thing after another keeps delaying it.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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That's odd! Maybe try putting it in the dryer?
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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I agree with Jan, try popping it in the dryer. If that doesn't work, you may need to try felting by hand. It'll take a heck of a lot longer, but that way you'll be able to see what's happening as it happens.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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Have you tried a hot wash and a cold rinse?
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
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I am in the same boat. I bought some handpainted yarn from BrownSheep (top of the lamb) to make felted slippers but the darn stuff just refuses to felt. I've tried all the suggestions ; even boiled it but so far no luck. Right now it is going through the hot dryer for a second time. If that doesn't work, I will pass them along to the biggest feet in the family.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #6
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Uh oh, that is interesting. My friend bought the same pattern and yarn from KP. I will have to warn her about that.

Why would wool not felt? Does anyone know?

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:26 PM   #7
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It went in the dryer... still not felted.

Our washer automatically does the cold rinse, so it's been hot washed/cold rinsed twice now. I'm about to take it outside and run over it with the car a few times to see if THAT makes it felt!
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What color is the yarn? I have read that the very light color yarns have been processed in some way that makes them difficult to felt.
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Originally Posted by Mommy22alyns View Post
It went in the dryer... still not felted.

Our washer automatically does the cold rinse, so it's been hot washed/cold rinsed twice now. I'm about to take it outside and run over it with the car a few times to see if THAT makes it felt!
The only way to fuzz wool that's reluctant to felt is to clean it of whatever is keeping the fibers smooth.

I use borax, washing soda, baking soda, laundry soap (Fels Naptha) and a washboard to strip out the oils or additives for small pieces like your coasters and cupholders. For anything much bigger, I just give up.
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Originally Posted by Nora22000 View Post
The only way to fuzz wool that's reluctant to felt is to clean it of whatever is keeping the fibers smooth.

I use borax, washing soda, baking soda, laundry soap (Fels Naptha) and a washboard to strip out the oils or additives for small pieces like your coasters and cupholders. For anything much bigger, I just give up.

I'm not the OP, but I just tried to felt a tote and all the colors felted beautifully except the yellow. I could just cry.
I have some Fels in my cupboard, so maybe I will try that and some baking soda.
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