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 isn't the fiber going to shrink or even felt?
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Mickey
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  06:40:24 AM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message

The fiber is supposed to simmer in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes while you stir it right? Simmer = just below boil, that's pretty hot! Isn't there a risk that my wool might shrink or felt?

MMario
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  06:46:19 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message
I believe you do not STIR. it is the combination of movement and wet heat that causes felting/shrinkage

MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
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jaymeKnits
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  08:10:54 AM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message
Another major factor in felting is a cold water shock. You won't be doing this with dyeing.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  08:15:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
To felt you need a specific equation of Heat, Moisture, Aggitation, and Enzyme (usually soap, but not always).

Take any of those out of the equation, and it doesn't felt as well. It's why sheep seldom felt in the fields - we don't usually squirt them with soap and then rub them.

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Mickey
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  09:38:00 AM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message
RoseByAny,
Aha!! That makes sense!
Thanks a lot to y'all
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newworlddavinci
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  11:01:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit newworlddavinci's Homepage  Send newworlddavinci a Yahoo! Message Send newworlddavinci a Private Message
So...

If there is a rain storm in the evening (its a hot sultry evening) and the sheep get wet then lay down to sleep if it has a restless night and tosses and turns will it have a felted coat in the morning?

sorry couldnt help myself



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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  11:07:10 AM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
Perhaps it will wake up with dreadlocks!

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 05/12/2005 :  11:08:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
There are instances of wool felting right on the sheep - it's called Cotting actually, so I suppose the answer is yes, Jeorge.

Fortunately sheep usually sleep well, and don't toss and turn that much. I guess that's why we count them so we can sleep?

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newworlddavinci
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Posted - 05/14/2005 :  08:50:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit newworlddavinci's Homepage  Send newworlddavinci a Yahoo! Message Send newworlddavinci a Private Message
LOL

a Rastasheep with dreds, maybe a funky hat. (thats a mental image that i wont be getting rid of anytime soon)

I hadn't heard of Cotting before, thanks for the info. This group is great!!

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Jeorge
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blwinteler
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Posted - 05/14/2005 :  11:18:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by newworlddavinci

LOL

a Rastasheep with dreds, maybe a funky hat. (thats a mental image that i wont be getting rid of anytime soon)

I hadn't heard of Cotting before, thanks for the info. This group is great!!

hagoshii
Jeorge


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SerMom
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Posted - 05/14/2005 :  1:34:55 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
I avoid even the potential for the problem by doing the microwave method - no simmering, no stirring. Of course, this does work better for variegated than solids, I think.

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