Monday, February 26, 2007

Some felting magic!

With my two felting projects finished Saturday night, yesterday was felting day! Even though everything is still in the process of drying I thought I would post my results as I am very excited to show everyone. Felting is magic...at least that is what my youngest son thinks :)

My tote bag before feltingand after felting

My first project was a felted tote bag. My bag although modified is based on the pattern for
Baby's Got a Brand New Big Bag by Maia. Janice inspired me to knit this bag. Janice is quite the bag lady. I just love all of her creations. As far as my modifictions for this wonderful bag go...I knit the bag as the pattern states, but with no decreases. I just knit it straight up from the bottom and I did my own striping effect. I used a mixture of Moda Dea Cartwheel - hazey and Paton's Classic Merino - new denim and denim marl. I am happy with the results. Both yarns felted very well together, but I did expect the bag to be a bit bigger. Next time I'll have to make one even bigger!!

My second felting project was the fiber trend felted clogs. I have heard and read so much about this pattern I just had to try it. I purchased the pattern at my local LYS. In fact when I went to buy it they needed to order it for me...guess that states the obvious as it must be a very popular pattern. This pattern is truely amazing. I enjoyed knitting them and I'm sure there will be more in my knitting future. Once agin I used my tried and true felting yarn Patons Classic Merino - dark grey mix and peacock. Since they did not go through the spin cycle, they are still soaking wet this morning. How long does it take for them to dry completely? Now I have to do some research to make the soles slip proof. I have some ideas, but want to check them out further first chance I get. The clogs (women's size 10) are huge before felting. You can see them next to my old pair of clogs:
before felting

after felting they look like a perfect fit!

I'm going to knit a pair for my husband sometime. He wears a men's size 13 so I can't even imagine how big they will be before felting!

Off and running...happy knitting :)

18 comments:

  1. Both, bag and clogs turned out great! Did you use double strands or single strands for the bag? I love the suspence while waiting for the felting to happen. I've made a Lucy bag for myself and with use it stretches out a lot. I threw it in the washer twice since and it shrank back to the size I like! ;o) I'm feeling "baggy" myself lately, but more like the shopping bag kind, made with cotton ....

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  2. Wow, your felting turned out great.

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  3. That bag turned out great - the clogs too! I have a fiber trends slipper pattern - I think my family all want slippers for Christmas so I'm sure I'll be using it a bunch.

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  4. Those clogs are FANTASTIC! I'm going to go to my LYS asap and get that pattern! I just love the bag, too! I made one quite like it last summer!

    Cheers!

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  5. The bag and the clogs look fabulous! You beat me to the clogs---I still haven't felted mine---seam-sewing avoidance! :)

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  6. i've seen those clogs on a lot of blogs recently and they are so nice! are they really comfy? : )

    the bag is pretty, too!

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  7. Awesome, awsome work! That bag is fabulous! It's hard to make the felted one's come out big enough. Sometimes you can time the felting process shorter. But yours looks gorgeous! The slippers look great too! Congrats:)

    Ang

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  8. Your felted knits are perfect! I love that bag, and those clogs are beautiful!

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  9. Please continue to post about your fab felts. Especially the clogs. I am making them too, in size men's 13!

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  10. the clogs & the bag look SUPERDUPER. felting is spectacular.. and those 13's.. start now.. for next winter :)but make no promises they'll be done by then !

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  11. OK.. that's it. I'm buying the FT pattern... I love how yours turned out! And the bag is gorgeous too.

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  12. Both projects turned out perfectly! I want to make some felted clogs now, too! They look just right for shuffling around the house, as I tend to do.

    I want that bag. I made a bucket tote a month or so ago, but I am procrastinating on making I-cord straps, the worst part of the whole project. There's a fair isle bag in the latest Sally Melville book I'd love ot make too. Too many bags, too little time...

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  13. Wow!! Both projects look great! You are going to LOVE that bag!! I need to knit another as I've given both of mine away!! (Thanks for the kind comments, BTW!!) The clogs are addicting... and they do take A LONG time to dry. I dried mine on a cooking cooling rack!! (so air would circulate). I made my son size 13 clogs and they are GIGANTIC before you felt them. (and pretty big afterwards as well!! ;-)!!)

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  14. The bag is so cute! I've only made one felted bag but everytime I see one on a blog I want to make another one! Very cute clogs too - those are on my to do list.

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  15. Your bag looks awesome!! I love the colors you chose. I've been wanting to knit those clogs for a long time!! Did you find them complicated at all?? Felting has to be one of my favorites!!

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  16. Love the felted slippers - wouldn't mind having a go at those myself. Were they hard to make?

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  17. I love what you did with my bag pattern. The colors are wonderful and it turned out great. Would you mind if I added it to my gallery?

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