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Monday, December 04, 2006

Booga Bag...Why Felt? Don't Ask ME for a Reason...

My second time at the washing machine, trying to learn this craft - could it be that my 30 year old machine just isn't up to the job?
Here you see my Booga Bag in it's pre-felt state (the bottom of which you may remember is NOT Big Kureyon but Lamb's Pride Bulky). I love the look un-felted:

Well, the two yarns felted pretty well together, in spite of ominous warnings that they might felt at different rates. This is 4 times thru the wash, using boiling water the last 3 times, too, and it just doesn't look all that felted to me. Whatcha think?

Begun: 11/1/06
Completed: 11/26/06 (the knitting a least)
Yarn: Noro Big Kureyon (01) and Lamb's Pride Bulky (Aubergine)
Needles: size 10.5 Denise circulars

I'm not sure why, but I guess I just realized that the original pattern for the Booga Bag does NOT call for Big Kureyon, but regular Kureyon. Hmmmm...Maybe my many commenters are correct - I should have used a bigger needle! (sigh) Live and learn...

But if I do decide to make anything else using this process, I'll be sure to check out Chris' new pattern Kureyon-Chan for sure. You'll want to check it out, too, as it's just too cute!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it looks great. I love that partially felted look though. :) It's beautiful.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Aw, thanks for the shout out! If you're using Big Kureyon, I'd definitely go up a few needle sizes, to make sure that there's enough "space" between the strands for felting. What needle size did you use for the Booga?

I think the biggest secret of felting is scaldingly hot water. I also have a pair of jeans (that won't ever fit me again) in the machine to add some agitation, as well as a splash of regular laundry detergent.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

D'oh - from the picture, it does look felted!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I think it looks great! Here's a tip...toss a pair of sneakers or pool shoes in the washer for extra agitation!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I had this trouble with a hat. And I can't remember exactly how I dealt with it. Put jeans and stuff in with the bag and alternate between hot and cold water.

It looks great the way it is.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I think it looks great too. If you still want to felt it further I would try the extra agitation advice of using an old pair of jeans in there with it.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

I think it looks great also. I really like the way the colors all look so beautiful together!


7:48 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I think it's really pretty and it looks felted to me!! I'd certainly use it. :-)

9:24 AM  
Blogger kat said...

im having a problem getting things felted enough too...i'm blaming the macine, it couldn't have been anythign we did, right?!

9:58 AM  
Blogger teabird17 said...

I think it looks wonderful - I like it that you can still see the stitches.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I actually think the bag looks just the perfect amout felted! The colors have melded together nicely without getting muddy.

8:07 PM  
Blogger JennyRaye said...

I agree, I think it looks great, too.

I have a bag planned in the back of my mind, but have been reluctant to start because it uses different yarns. I may give it a try in the new year.

4:16 PM  

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