The Slippers for Her turned out pretty darned cute I must say. If you have come along with me on this project adventure you already know that I was not convinced these foot cozies would fit post felting. While I have no way of proving that the foot you see pictured below is, in fact, mine…these fit!
The pattern booklet, Family Felting using Patons Classic wool is a treasure. The booklet has 11 patterns. Go have a look for yourself. As for Classic wool, I have loved this yarn for years now and am no less impressed with it every single time I use it. It is consistently nice for both felted and non-felted projects alike. It’s a great workhorse yarn. It can hold up against two 5-year-old boys and a golden retriever (don't ask me how I know). It’s soft. It isn’t itchy like the wools of my youth and it is not only readily available but very reasonably priced. You get 223 yards/205 meters of wooly goodness in 58 color options including varigated and then there are the Tweeds! (They will felt too.)
If you are new to felting it can be both intimidating and kind of scary. But I say take control. Own your fear. It can be liberating to ruin a little knitting. Family Felting does a fine job explaining the process of felting but I have a few additional tips from my personal experience:
- Make sure all of your ends are securely sewn/weaved in (I will admit to tying some knots, but this is a dangerous thing as knots can untie). Just know it is a rather unfortunate and disheartening experience to have holes appear during felting.
- Never put towels with your project unless you are putting your knitted object into a zippered pillowcase. I did the towel thing once and am still picking terry cloth fuzzies out of my felted purse. Bad experience. Use some well worn/washed jeans instead. I have always had good luck doing this and have established a couple of pair for just such uses. While on the topic of what to put your project(s) in, I finally bought some zippered pillowcases a while back and use these exclusively now. I did have a mesh lingerie bag but the wool would shed and escape the bag and make a mess in the washer. At first, I never thought it was a big deal, but after my husband had to rebuild our washer once, I decided it was in the best interest of my marriage to spend $3 for zippered pillowcases.
- Never use a dryer for felting. I have a friend who has had success with this, but the dryer could leave permanent creases in your finished project (not worth trying this out after all of the work you put into projects).
- Never allow your objects to go through a complete spin cycle as this could also leave permanent creases. I usually rinse out the soap as much as I can and allow it to spin for the count of 10 or so. Then I remove my felted objects and roll them in a clean towel, shape and allow to dry.
- Always stand watch. Check your objects often during the wash cycle. Even if you do a test swatch (and all of the books, patterns, etc. will tell you to do so), I will always check the felting progress because you never know how long it will take. Some yarns felt in only a few minutes. My personal experience with Classic wool is it goes fast. Just remember that it is dependent upon the water temperature, suds, amount of agitation, etc. that determine how quick this process happens.
- When the finished felted (and beautiful!) project is lovingly being used (as knitting should be) take care of the item by hand washing and rinsing in cool water. (If you drizzle coffee on it, you can just take a damp cloth to wipe it off - trust me.)