So close but so far away.

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A few years ago I spent Christmas knitting a wool bag to be felted (shrunk). Turns out, after ripping out my knitting countless times then washing, boiling, dipping the bag in ice water, shock therapy, stomping, ranting and raving that the wool was, pre-shrunk. Not to be defeated I  recently tried again. This is the bag before I washed it.

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I felted the wool simply by put the bag into a pillow case and washing it on hot in the washing machine with a few towels (the towels help rub the bag to make the fibers blend together)  I forgot to pull it out before the spin cycle and rinse so the bag stuck to it’s self and I had to pull it apart. Not to self-rinse it in cold water by hand. This is my bag after it was felt and with my own fabric covered button

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The fabric is beautiful but I am not happy with the size, it is 10″x4″, an evening clutch. It shrunk more in height than it did in width. So I will keep at it. Have you done this before? Do you have any pointers for me? What project are you working on right now? I would love to hear that you are doing.  

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About karynforyou

Thank you for stopping by. I am a wife, mother to three daughters and homeschooler. It`s my intention to encourage, strengthen and laugh with friends. If you were stopping by my home you would find a sink full of dishes, books and paper strewn about but plenty of seats available for extra guests and the kettle on for tea... I may need to be reminded a few times before the tea is actually brewed. I`m blogging to help me keep focused. I will post about parenting, marriage, homeschooling, homemaking, and I`m sure there will be a few trips to the sewing room from time to time. If you have a post idea or question please feel free to contact me, I will get back to you.

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  1. I have a hard time with felting my knitting too. I usually take it out of the wash and stretch it out if it’s felting too much in one direction. I find I have to knit the things larger than expected, because I like a firmly felted fabric.

    Try again! Felting is fun!

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