Thursday, March 17, 2016
Felting, well really it’s fulling but felting just sounds better:
With all my many years of crocheting I have recently fell in love with the idea of felting. It all started with my hard working husband wanting a hat without holes he can wear while spending hours shoveling snow. Above that he also wanted it to be a donkey hat, like one I had made him with acrylic yarn. I have been working on it for *cough* months *cough*. That is so sad, it should only take a few days to make my wonderful amish bearded husband a hat, but I keep messing it up!
I don’t understand felting! Or rather fulling. I know how to crochet and I have read everything I could find online about it but I still have questions.
1) 1) I read that felting makes a piece shrinks. But how much? Do different stitches shrink differently? What about the yarn, do different brands shrink different? Roving vs regular yarn?
2) 2) What is all this wonderfulness I read about dyeing with Kool Aid? Can it really work that amazing? And is it better to felt first or dye first?
3) 3) What happens if I crochet with two different colored wool yarns?
4) 4) How about if I crochet with 1 wool yarn and 1 acrylic yarn? Will the wool still felt around the acrylic, or will it become a hot mess?
5) 5) Does the top loader work better or a front loader. I’ve read a lot about how to felt in the two different machines, but does one do a superior felt then the other?
Ok so want to see some of my mistakes?
They are really
tiny.. er I mean cute! My hubby has a big head, in the 90th percentile for a male adult! hehe. We get a good chuckle because one of our boys follow in his footsteps in head size. As a baby we called my son pumpkinhead because he had an adult size head by 1 year old! So keep in mind that I crocheted this so big it was floppy on my sweet humble husband... and here it is on my 2 year old:
That silly face! She loves taking pictures and I had to really stretch to get that hat on her head :). See that laundry in the background... Yah I'm
choosing not to don't as well.