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thdx3
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Posted - 09/05/2005 :  08:31:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
Has anyone felted Noro Silk Garden (45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lamb's wool) without combining it with a 100% wool yarn? I know, I know...you're gonna tell me to swatch, but after I finish the scarf I'm working on I'll have just enough yarn left to squeak out a hat. I'd be fine with unfelted, but how many stitches I cast on when I set out is at the mercy of your wisdom.

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mokey
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Posted - 09/05/2005 :  08:55:20 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I tried; it did not work. Pretty much anything over 10% silk just won't felt.

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thdx3
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Posted - 09/05/2005 :  10:47:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
Thanks, Mokey. My standard 96 stitches it is.

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Flybane
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  11:50:06 PM  Show Profile Send Flybane a Private Message
I, too, could really use imput about felting Silk Garden.

I bought three precious balls of the stuff on sale, and am thinking that they would be lovely as mittens.

I felted a 4"x4" swatch and it came out 2.5"x3" when I was satisfied with the density. This was 16 stitches and (I think...) 16 rows, on 10.5 needles. So far it looks ok, and I'm not seeing issues with the silk. I did most of it in a washer with a central agitator, and when it slowed down, I put on some gloves and rubbed it around in my sink and it shrank some more right away. I suppose it does seem to be a somewhat finer, stiffer texture than my sample with double strands of Montera... BUT then again, I've never actually felted a project, so maybe that's different.

Here's how it looks:

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Well? Is it ... bad? (what should I be looking for, anyway?)

I like how the texture smoothed out and the color changes blended - the colors look strange; it's sort of olive green/purple at this point.

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thdx3
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  07:53:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
Hey Flybane.

I think your swatch looks fine--there really is no right or wrong look to felting...it's a matter of how the results look and feel to you. I ended up not risking it with the Silk Garden (made a non-felted hat instead), but have done a lot of felting with Kureyon and the blended random stripes make the coolest felt.

Good luck with your mittens; knit on--

Terri D. in NYC
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