The most recent bowl is finished and this is by far the most unusual texture I've ended up with in a felted object. It is definitely my favorite at the moment. I still have six skeins of this yarn and I'll be making some kind of felted bag with it; I might have to drop by the LYS and see if they have any more. The yarn I used was Tahki Yarns-Shannon; color 16. I know at one point that the LYS had this in a turquoise color too. Hopefully they still have some on the shelves.
Bowl measurements (after felting)
Height: 4 inches
Circumference: 29.5 inches
Width: 9 inches
Opening: 7 inches
These two little thumbnails show the detail of the texture before and after the attack of the fabric shaver. It really had a big effect on the finished project. I would definitely felt with this yarn again, it wasn't cheap, comparable in price to Noro Kureyon. It did felt a lot quicker for me than the Noro does and that is a big bonus.
And speaking of fabric shavers - my trusty little fabric shaver conked out on me during my previous felting project. So I had to get a new one. I'm not sure what everyone else uses for felting projects. I'm sure some don't defuzz at all. I just don't like the fuzzy texture. I've never tried a sweater stone, so I can't comment on how effect that method is. I did try a razor and found that it took way to long and I was always afraid that the blade would cut through something. So I've stuck with the fabric shaver.
This is a picture of the three fabric shavers that are currently residing in my knitting gear. The little red one is the one that gave out - the motor is dead. I had to change the batteries (2 AA) in it for each project and the lint had to be emptied often. It lasted about a year and really worked pretty well for that time. I bought it at Bed, Bath, and Bankruptcy and it was about $10 dollars. (It did come with a lint roller.) The little blue and white one was purchased at Wally World and was in the $5 dollar range. It was a complete waste of money. It hardly takes any fuzz off at all. The large one is the new one. It takes twice as many batteries as the other two (4 AA), but it also came with an adapter and can be plugged into the wall. The surface area of the shaver head is about twice as large too. This one was just over $20 dollars (including shipping). I bought it online from a sewing supply company. Hopefully it will last. I've got several felting projects in the cue, so it will be getting a thorough work out.