Tuesday, 23 September 2008

FO: Before and After

One of the magic things about knitting is the transformation that can take place when applying certain techniques such as felting and lace blocking. It never ceases to amaze me how lace is transformed once it is blocked.

Felting has the same amazing effect except that it doesn't always quite work out the way one planned it. I've had some spectacular disasters felting but I'm always happy to give it a go. And this week I had another bash at felting. I had some left over BWM Rustic 12 ply and used it to make another pair of felted clogs.

Here they are before going into the washing machine:



And here is the end result:



It sure pays to keep a close eye on the whole process. One of the clogs felted really quickly and in next to no time had shrunk to the size I wanted. But no such luck with the other clog which remained rather recalcitrant. It took several additional hot/cold dunkings before I managed to get it to shrink a bit more. But In the end I won!

5 comments:

val said...

They look great well done!

Annie said...

You are brave to felt in the wahing machine. Until now I haven't dared to do so. But you did well here! They are so nice. I've started knitting a bag which has to e felted in the machine. Now to find the courage...

Annie said...

Some letters disappeared in my former message. I meant washing machine and be felted.

Amanda said...

Thanks you val. And Annie as long as you keep a close watch its really easy felting in a machines.

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Love the clogs and the blog. I'll be back for more visits.