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Day 292/365: The Felted Bowl, Revisited

Remember my failed felted bowl project?  I thought I’d give it another go.

I had to do some laundry, including a load of sheets and socks and towels that would need hot soapy water.  It occurred to me that I could throw the bowl into the mix and, with a little luck, it would felt a little more.  I tossed it in with the rest of the wash and hoped for the best.

After the laundry came out of the dryer, I was pleased to find that this venture worked.  My previously failed felted bowl shrank into a sturdy little felted bowl, strong enough to hold a few of my quartz crystal palmstones.


I think I’ll be experimenting with different colors and combinations of yarns for further felted wool projects.



Day 263/365: The Failed Felted Bowl

I got it in my head that I wanted to make a felted bowl.  So I looked through the yarn stash and picked out two skeins of wool that I thought would go well together.  I tried knitting first and then decided that crocheting would produce a sturdier bowl.  It didn’t take too long to finish a small bowl shape.  I threw it in some hot water and soap, did some scrubbing and agitation by hand, and then tossed the wet bowl in the dryer with some socks and towels.

Unfortunately, the bowl did not turn out as well as I’d hoped.  I think the lesson to be learned from this is that you have to use super bulky yarn and not two strands of medium weight yarn.  And rather than some half-assed scrubbing, you’ve got to really rough it up in the felting process.