Wednesday, 7 March 2012

WIP - Yarn Along: Felting for a change

This week, I have managed to finish a felting project that I have wanted to try for some time. I wanted to make the girls a bag that they could possibly use to take stuff to school with. 


This is Kay's bag. I forgot to show the size of the before and the after, and I am always fascinated how the WIP shrinks when it is done. 
Before
After - Roughly 40% smaller than the before

This is Jas's bag, still on the needles and only about half the distance knitted. Should be finished by Friday.

I love the colours of this bag, feels all African :-D





On the Ereader: The Hound of Rowan. Picked this title for Jas up at the local library in german, she is still busy reading another book so I thought I would read it quickly. Whilst I am no foreigner to reading german books, I am finding that even though I am enjoying the book, I just do not have the concentration necessary to read books in another language without having to re-read every line twice late at night. So grabbed it in english and am enjoying it - will keep you updated. 




Don't forget to drop by tomorrow and share your Kitchen Krafts - tips and tricks in the household, or your favourite recipe, or cheapest dinner - with us all. Love to see you then. I will be focusing on Vinegar!


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19 comments:

  1. Oh I do so love bags, it's a weakness of mine. I love the final product, what an inspiration!

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    1. Hi Andria,

      Yes, I think they do start to grow on you, as I am knitting I am thinking of all the ways I can make the bags extra cool, so the list of "baggy" things gets longer and longer :-D

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  2. This is so gorgeous Nat! Wow!!
    xo

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  3. Love the bags! The first one felted beautifully -- looking forward to seeing the finished African bag, too!

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    1. Hi Paula,

      It did, I have since embellished it and will share it on the FO this Friday if I manage to get the other bag done on time :-D

      Thanks for your visit.

      x

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  4. That variegated yarn felted up very nicely. And it looks like it all felted very evenly - good work!

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    1. Hi there,

      Thanks, yes it did turn out really nicely. I don't have a top loader so it was one of those projects - put the project in, cross fingers and hope for the best :-D Could have turned out a bit bigger, I have knitted bag no.2 a little bigger so we shall see what comes of that!

      Thanks for dropping by.

      x

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  5. Wow, seeing the transformation before and after the felting is super-cool!

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    1. Hi Jessica, it is sooo cool, although you knit and knit and knit this enormous WIP and afterwards it is so much smaller. Kay looked at her bag before I felted it and asked me what she should do with it as it nearly touched the floor when she had it over her shoulder LOL!

      Thanks for your visit
      x

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  6. Looking good! I really like the look of felted bags but haven't given it a try because... well, I sort of hate the actual felting process because I have to do it by hand. :(

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    1. I am sure if I had to do it by hand I probably would also reconsider doing it as I am sure it is quite time consuming and tiring. Do you not have a laundromat close by that you could possibly use to felt your goodies at?

      Thanks for popping around

      x

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  7. The bags look great! I'm fascinated by felting - it's almost magical the way your knitted fabric changes :)

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    1. Hi Liz,

      I agree, it is really cool to see the before and afters. I love how it almost doesn't even look like it started out as wool when it is done. Bag number 2 is just about complete, will post it tomorrow with some measurements on the befores and afters and try to do some real close-ups (have a bit of a wobbly hand with photos :-O)

      Can't wait to see how that one comes out!

      Thanks for your visit.

      x

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  8. Thanks for showing the before and after pictures! I've never felted anything (on purpose), but hope to someday!

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      Before I did the machine felting, I had done hand-felted crafts before, but they were tiny and weren't knitted, so it was a new experience to felt something I had knitted. As my machine is a front-loader it is a bit harder to control what is going on, but the wool I used had dead simple instructions - knit and into machine at a 40 degree wash. And that's what I did!

      Bag no. 2 has two different ply of wool so I hope it will felt as evenly, only time will tell. Fingers crossed :-D

      Thanks for your visit.

      x

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  9. Oh my gosh, gorgeous felting. I'm so envious of that bag!

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