I've had success felting two Kitty Pi beds for my cats. I'm into this whole felting craze. My cats are into this whole felting craze.
I love the excitement of putting this humongo knitted thing in the washer and taking it out in a completely different, yet usable, form. Call me crazy. I love it.
So when my friend Marissa found this adorable felted purse pattern and made herself this purse, I wanted in, as well.
I had just purchased some beautiful black superwash wool and had a ton of black eyelash yarn from an abandoned project. Why make another hat? I would make a fuzzy black purse instead.
It knit up in hours. I was ready to felt. But not before Acacia could examine the fluffiness of my knitted item.
Here's what it looked like pre-felted:
And here's what it looked like post-felted:
Funny. They look exactly the same.
And that's when I learned this important point: Superwash is secret knitting code for "doesn't felt."
Not with one run in the hot cycle. Not with two. Not even with THREE and an overnight soak in hot water.
Superwash. Washable yarn. Go figure. It's treated so it doesn't felt. Yet I missed this concept entirely.
The black, fluffy, stretched out non-felted purse is now in the trash. I couldn't even bother ripping it out.
Now I've got the right wool and I'm starting again...
Cascade 220 felts nicely. I know. It's what Marissa used...