I wanted to make felted booties, and was looking for Novita Huopanen Lampola –yarn, but my LYS didn’t carry it. Other colors available in the Novita Huopanen felt too bright for I had set my mind on some earthy colors. Novita Puro seemed to carry the type of color schemes I was searching, so I headed home with three skeins of Puro, instead. At home I realized I didn’t have the right ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Zitron Loft yarn, some leftover Novita Huopanen
What was your inspiration?
Honestly: I've gotten the Craftsy "Mystery box" now twice, and both times it has been such a major disappointment. Some clearly closeout bin yarns, and both times (nice, but unusable to me) SP needles. So, the contents of the box usually go directly to donations. In this case, the color scheme of the Loft yarn was so hideous, I couldn't imagine making anything wearable out of it, but it was perfect for felting. Felting in essence is total and aggressive abuse of the material: you reach your end result by "ruining" it. I've also felted a few times before (see my projects), and I'm still learning, so I won't use any expensive wool to do it until I feel more secure I understand the process better myself.
What are you most proud of?
I'm so happy that the colors bled into each other. It created the purplish tones into the finished work, and I kinda like these now!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Felting is harder than you think. It usually takes a long time and multiple washer runs before the fiber starts shrinking, and in my experience if you don't have a proper shape to use for drying, it can be very disappointing. I actually went straight to cooking these in boiling water on the stove, rather than run the machine repeatedly based on my previous experience about the process. That's also when the blending of the colors happened which was quite fun. My son thought I was mad. I told him I was making sock soup for tomorrow.
If you want to try felting, start with a container shape which you most likely already have in the household: Make a little cup or a bowl first to get the urge to felt out of your system, before you attempt something more elaborate, like a hat. These little booties are relatively easy, but I was thinking myself, that I'll probably go and purchase a cheap pair of crocs in a few sizes smaller than my actual shoe size just as a mold to use during drying if I do this gain. Which I very well might do: there was another two hanks of atrociously colored chunky wool in the same Craftsy box....