Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Felting Fun & Fixes

Plymouth Gina has been a very popular yarn in the shop for knitting, crocheting and felting. I found a cute pattern on Ravelry for a Felted Flower Bowl, and decided to make a couple for the front counter. 

I grabbed two balls of Gina and finished these bowls in one evening. I felted them this morning.

It was my first attempt felting with a front loader and it went pretty well. But the bowls did not felt all the way, so they required some hand felting afterwards.
Red bowl - just out of washing machine, Blue bowl - after additional hand felting
I did have a teeny issue with one of the bowls. When I opened the door to the washing machine, I noticed a hole in the bottom of the red bowl:
I think I rushed a bit when weaving in my ends! The tail had come unwoven in the machine, so I grabbed some leftover yarn and a tapestry needle and did a bit of mending: 
Then I hand felted the bowl under hot running water in my sink for a few minutes and you can hardly see my mending job.
Bowls like this can be hard to shape but I found a piece of pottery that my mom had made and it was just the right size:
These bowls will dry quickly - today's sun and warm temps will see to that.

1 comment:

Lizzy said...

Very cute! I can't wait to make a few. I have a separate top-loading agitating washer in the basement just for felting! The hubby was tired of all the brightly colored yarn fuzzier on his clothes, lol!