Monday, December 03, 2007

Part 2 - Felting is Done

The monster of a bag is finally felted. You can see it here in all its glory on top of the washing machine. I have it blocking on a couple of old shoe boxes. I finally got the felting finished for this bag on Saturday afternoon.

I can't even tell you how many times I ran it through the washer. I have a soak cycle that agitates for a bit then stops for the soaking part. I just turn the dial back to the beginning of the soak cycle and it agitates again without having to add more water. I just keep repeating that processes until the water isn't hot anymore. I guess I save a little water that way. But it seems to take forever.

So far I'm really pleased with the results. The bag actually shrunk quite a bit. I haven't taken a tape measure out to see just how much shrinking actually occurred, but it now looks like something a human could possibly carry instead of sleeping in. I'm guessing that it shrunk by at least one third and maybe even a little more.

The bag is still covered with fuzz and yarn boogers. It was still damp yesterday and I'm hoping that when I get home tonight it is finally dry. I'd like to get the old sweater shaver out and give this thing a haircut and a quick measure so I can start thinking about fabric for the lining.

I did pull out my project bag for this and started to clean it out so I could start another project and all the ball bands from the Kureyon I used for this project came tumbling out onto the floor. There were nineteen empty ball bands and I still have a skein and a half of this color left!

14 comments:

Stacey said...

wow - that shrunk a lot!!!

cpurl17 said...

The colors came out so cool too!

Zonda said...

Wow...that did shrink!! Looks good so far! :)

Monika said...

This looks like a good sized bag. Looking forward to the finished bag, which lining and all.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

19 skeins of love! Great job....almost done!!!

Mom said...

Wow!!! I love it! The way that you did the yarn turned out great.
What about handles?? 19 skeins?? Considering that, it really didn't take very long.

Angela said...

19 Ball bands?? That's one expensive bag, but looks to be gorgeous. It sure did shrink a lot! It will be especially nice with the lining.

Ang

Bobbi said...

wow! That really shrunk. The colors look good, can't wait to hear the official stats :)

elizabeth said...

Shannon, it looks like you snuck over to my house to felt the bag! Our laundry rooms are identical. The bag looks great!

eusebius said...

Great colour and texture - that will be a gorgeous bag.

Lazuli said...

I love the colors on the bag! It still looks huge, but less so than before! What color are you going to choose for the lining?

Bezzie said...

Good lord 19 skeins! Well it WAS huge before felting. You need to get your husband to take an "after" picture of you holding it like he did with the pre-felted bag.

Esoteric Knitter said...

Very cool! It will be interesting to see how much it really shrank.

Batty said...

If that's a shoe box, it's quite a bit smaller. You fit into the pre-felting version!