Oh dear... can I please cry on your shoulder....

Remember the bag I was knitting the other week....this one... well... I finished knitting it and it looked excellent, ready for felting! It ended up being quite a big bag (height 52cm x width 56cm) but was confident that it would shrink a lot after felting!

:: knitted and ready for felting

 And I loved how the i-cord turned out too... a very helpful tutorial here.

:: I love my i-cord

I couldn't wait to felt it - which basically means chucking it into the washing machine on a hot wash! I had no idea how it was going to turn out... I was excited, scared, petrified and crossing my fingers for 2 hours while it went through the washing cycle!
When I pulled it out of the washing machine... argghhh... felting disaster!!! I'm quite (VERY) upset/devastated! All that knitting ruined...
sob sob sob... sorry I'll wipe all those tears off your shoulder! :(

:: felting disaster...

:: the middle section didn't felt :(

The top and bottom felted perfectly (love those bits) but NOT the middle section... the section of wool that I dyed and it faded a bit too! I have a feeling that the wool may shrunk a bit from when I dyed it, so I think that's why it wouldn't felt! Drat!! :(

I am rather devastated... I've tried to think of ways to rescue the good felted bits.. I've unpicked the bad section and tried a few things ie. like a fabric section, but it just didn't work!

Oh well... things can't turn out perfectly every time, hey! I have learnt a lot! So now it's back to the drawing/knitting board for me... I REALLY want to make this bag! This time I have done a felted test patch of the wool I've bought, so I know it will work! I am, again, the crazy obsessed knitter in my house!

Hope you are having a better day!
Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder  xxx

19 comments:

  1. Oh dear. I'm so sorry. Felting is a bit of a leap of faith, isn't it? I wouldn't have thought to test swatch felting either. But you have some lovely felt bits for cutting up and using for other things now...?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you... I am hoping I can do something with the felt bits :)

      Delete
  2. You know, I think it looks kind of neatwith an unfelted section. Kind of adds to it's hobo-ness, no?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm sure you designed it this way to have an expandable section!It certainly looks like a beautiful design feature.
    I'm also wondering if it is was 100% wool? Did you have the labels with the wool when you were given it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very expandable section! :) It was 100% wool... that's why I think that the dyeing process had something to do with it not felting!

      Delete
  4. Oh no! Please, use my shoulder :-( I wondered whether the middle section may have unknowingly been acrylic which won't felt but I guess the dye explains it, but I would have done the same.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oops... Also meant to say that the felted areas would make great little zip purses. Good luck with the new one x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jo, I will do something with the felted bit :)

      Delete
  6. Oh no, you poor thing! It's always disappointing when something you've worked so hard on doesn't turn out right. But you know, it actually looks pretty good with the un-felted section in the middle! I'm sure your next attempt will turn out great! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you... but I couldn't live with it like it was... it would always remind me of my felting mishap!

      Delete
  7. Oh so not fair!
    You must make it again. I'm definitely going to try it too, so thanks for the heads up on trying a sample felt.
    I love the way your squares give it the chevron, I wondered how that design would look.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cool.. looking forward to see yours :)

      Delete
  8. You live and learn... you will do better next time :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I can imagine the sinking feeling you would have felt when you pulled it out of the dryer. It's such a shame. You had done such a wonderful job and it would have been beautiful. I would have cried too. Then stomped around the house for the day and complained to anyone who would listen. :)

    Could you just re-knit that section, felt it and stitch it all together again?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you... I did do a fair amount of stomping around the house too! :)

      I thought about re-knitting and felting the section but the joining it together would be quite a challenge and look a bit odd, so I opted to redo the whole thing!

      Delete
  10. Oh, so sad! Did you attempt any extra hand-felting, with felting needles or hot water and your two hands? Sorry it didn't work out. It will be extra satisfying when the next one turns out!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you.. I have my fingers and toes crossed!

      Delete
  11. Oh you poor thing!! It should have come out brilliantly. Don't lose heart, go at it again while the making is fresh in your mind - it'll be a triumph next time for sure. And here's a big fat cyber hug O! x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh that's such a shame. But also part of the fun of felting!?! Sometimes 100% wool doesn't felt. I think it depends on whether its sold as machine washable or not...

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting... I love comments :)