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Aziandoll
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USA
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  3:36:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Aziandoll's Homepage Send Aziandoll a Private Message
Hi everyone, I am having a felting problem. I used a double strand of Cascade 220 (100%wool) with Anny Blatt Starblitz (60%mohair, 20%courtelle, and 20%nylon).

I thought the Starblitz would make the purse look really sparkly. Well, it turned out to be a felted furry mush of a bag. It did hold it's shape, only it's very soft. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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kbshee
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  3:52:08 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message
I think it is the mohair...that would make it fuzzy. I'd recommend shaving it, but shaving it probably would get rid of the sparkly stuff. If it wouldn't, try that.

kim in oregon
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  3:58:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Felt it as much as you want first - that is, if it's still too soft, felt it some more. Then you can shave it or snip the hairs carefully (to avoid the sparklies)...

My washing machine tends to make muppet pelt out of almost anything I felt with - haven't had too much trouble with Paton's Merino or Cascade, but just about everything else. I think it's because I have a hard time getting really hot water.

But shaving or snipping works, and the fabric left below is usually nice.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Knitrageous
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  4:53:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
No comment on this...my felting has always (so far) turned out pretty good. But muppet pelt it really funny Rose.....

Giggling but sympathizing....
~~~~~Jamye
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CatherineM
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  5:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit CatherineM's Homepage Send CatherineM a Private Message
Mohair makes Muppet Pelt. Or, as one of my first felted bags caused my husband to comment, "I had a friend in high school who had an old donkey that looked just like that!" It was gray Lamb's Pride. Keep felting it until it's firm enough for your liking or will just go no further, then snip away to get rid of the grosser hair. I found putting the bag on a flat surface and playing hair stylist worked wonders with the donkey bag - brush the offending hairs up, snip them maybe 1/4 inch from the surface with sharp scissors. It'll save the shiny but get rid of the disturbing elements. I can't promise it'll work, but it's the best solution I can suggest.

Catherine
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Aziandoll
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USA
25 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2005 :  5:57:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Aziandoll's Homepage Send Aziandoll a Private Message
LoL, I got the idea from using Lamb's Pride, since it is a Mohair mixture. It just usually never turns out this way. I wanted to place a snap or some other type of closure in the top of the bag as well, so... good thing it's still soft. Any suggestions for that? the top is open...

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Knitrageous
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  7:09:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
I am really sorry, and I'll blame it on hormones(?) but I've really gotten a laugh out of muppet pelt and an old donkey! I do hope you can figure out your felting though, cause I thought it was the neatest thing I'd ever done when mine came out.

Must be the moon...except it itsn't full!

~~~~Jamye...who is usually nicer than this!
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chris
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Posted - 11/28/2005 :  09:18:26 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
My suggestion for "firming" it up would be to get the stiffest fusible interfacing you can find and a nice fabric to use as a liner. Fuse the interfacing to the fabric, cut, sew the lining into shape, and sew it into the bag. If you do that, you can put the snap on it. If you don't want to line it, the easiest way to put a snap in a felted bag is to sew the snap onto grosgrain ribbon and sew the ribbon to the bag.

chris (off to line a couple felted bags)

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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Aziandoll
New Pal

USA
25 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2005 :  10:29:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Aziandoll's Homepage Send Aziandoll a Private Message
Well, I refelted it again.. and added a few ties at the top (you probably can't see it). I do like it much better now. It's not so mushy, and it does look much better. :)
Here's a picture of it. The flash is a bit bright, but I'm pretty pleased with it.
[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v370/Aziandoll/DSC07925.jpg[/IMG]

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/28/2005 :  10:43:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Looks fantastic!

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chris
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  07:23:22 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
It's lovely! I can see how it looked like a muppet pelt before, tho!

chris

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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beejayeles
Chatty Knitter

USA
238 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2005 :  09:10:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit beejayeles's Homepage Send beejayeles a Private Message
question for aziandoll....what pattern did you use for that bag? i love it!
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Aziandoll
New Pal

USA
25 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2005 :  9:01:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Aziandoll's Homepage Send Aziandoll a Private Message
I used this pattern: http://www.helloyarn.com/miniskulltote.htm

The modifications I made were: No skull , and then I knitted it in the round (it's faster), and...after making the handle, I used fun fur, and purled it for several rows. Then I went back to the double strand of mohair and wool. I also attached 2 strips that I crocheted into the top of the bag before refelting it. I do believe that if I make another one, I can just work the ties into the bag. The advantage of this is that you can make the bag as deep as you want. I just love how the handles fit into the bag... it's way better than attaching it separately, I think. Good luck!

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Knitrageous
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  9:39:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Wow, that turned out really nice! I like it.

~~~~Jamye
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