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BlueNuthatch
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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  5:56:46 PM  Show Profile Send BlueNuthatch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A few years ago I made a pair of felted clogs for myself out of Lamb's Pride bulky and they came out perfect. I tried to make some last month, size 13 and 12 out of Lamb's Pride Bulky (Lime Aid and grey) and both pair did not shrink even close to adequately. They must be a size 16 or more, both of them and for really swollen feet.
Several people asked if I threw jeans in with them. It's my understanding the jeans add agitation which helps with "felting" nothing to do with shrinking. These felted mostly fine. One pair I even tried to boil which really made them look bad but they still didn't shrink anymore. I'm quite disappointed. As well, I wouldn't know how to proceed if I wanted to make another try, I really was hoping to make a pair at least for my son.
I thought maybe I knit them too tight, though it didn't seem so before hand. They were knit on size 13 needles, so I didn't mess up that way.
The pattern must be right for these large sizes, right? I mean there are success stories, yes?

Ceil
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Posted - 01/09/2012 :  8:11:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Throw the jeans in, reduce the water amount, add some detergent. You might also try soaking them in a solution of water and baking soda before tossing them in the washer.

Ceil
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Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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anderknit
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Posted - 01/11/2012 :  08:37:06 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For next time, I'd add that it's important to knit at a relatively loose gauge. I was surprised at what a difference that made.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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