Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Another Fallacy Exposed!

 
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Who says you can't use a front loader to felt? I am telling you, this bag has sat here for months and months. I tried to full it three times in the old top loader and NOTHING I tell you. The bag was ginormous-15" wide x 12" tall with a long strap. I used about 660 yards of wool for it. Shakespeare or something-unspun looking wool. Bought it off Ravelry. I kept saying I would bring it to a laundromat and try it there, but laziness made me not do it.

Anyway, on a lark today, I tossed it in the front loader with a pair of jeans and some soap and it felted. Then I decided to let it go another round-it felted even more (note to self, once is enough). Not any stitch definition, finally! The finished size was supposed to be 12" wide x 10" tall with a 25" strap. It's not dry yet (as you can see by the blocking), but it's only about 10" wide x 7" tall and the strap is a little 20" tops. Although the size is disappointing, I am THRILLED I can finally machine felt again-all that wool sitting upstairs can be used! And I was told it couldn't be done! So there, in yer face old machine-ha! I just wish I had taken a pic before to show the comparison. Next time.

10 comments:

WilBlg4Yrn said...

awesome!
Love it congrats on top loader felting!

Woven ~N~ Spun said...

Darn...I thought I had told you that I was able to felt in my front loader. Have done several things and been pleased with each one.

noricum said...

The only thing I heard against felting in a front loader (that I can remember) is that it's more difficult to check progress frequently. But you certainly can felt in a front loader.

Sara said...

Yay!

Vik said...

I like it very much, Deneen! The size is not dissapointing: If it turned out smaller than you expected, you can give it to Elena! She´ll be happy, I know. Perfect!

Mimi said...

Lovely bag, good job!

Megan said...

Fabulous! I have a front loading washer/dryer combo, and I wonder how well it would work...

mom2am said...

Love your bag.I used front loading washer too for my felting projects.Didn't know about this fallacy at all.

April said...

That gets a w00t! from me! I spend $1.75 per load to wash at my apartment complex, so often times while visiting my parents I act like a college student and bring my laundry. They have a front loader. Mom always tells me I can felt there to save on cash but I never did because it's a front loader. This is great to know, I will try it out!

jocelyn said...

So glad to hear it worked out, Deneen! Felting is one of my most favorite things to do, and I am happy you will now be able to do more of it!

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