Many knitters and crocheters love wool fiber because it is easy to work with, is warm, forgiving and durable. Wool also has the almost magical ability to end up as a different fabric if it takes a spin in your washing machine. Though many people experience this in unfortunate accidents of shrinking a favorite garment, felting can be done intentionally to achieve fantastic results and Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica is a perfect medium to use.
Bags are a very popular felting project that offers a lot of opportunity to experiment with other stitch techniques and textures. The Honeycomb Tote by Grace Akhrem, Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick by Amanda Berka, and the #05 Felted Tote by Angelia Robinson, from the newest Vogue Knitting Crochet Spring 2013, (shown above from left to right) are just a few patterns to inspire you.
There are so many projects beyond bags! Festive home decor items like the Star Garland or the Tiny Treasure Bowls are made quickly. The generous yardage in each skein of Wool Clasica will allow you to make many items from one skein.
If you can knit it, you can felt it! Keep in mind that when you are felting, wool can shrink up to one third of the original size of the item. Swatching can help you get the results you desire and could make the difference when making items like slippers! The House Slippers make great gifts for every pair of feet under your roof. You may have heard other knitters talk about the difficulty in felting white wool; this is the result of the bleaching process that is used to make the wool white. Our natural white wool does not undergo this process! You can see in mammamia’s Amy Beret how wonderfully this worked in the hat!
Beginners should not hesitate to try felting. Each project in its pre-felted state looks uneven and awkward, but with exposure to hot water, soap and agitation, the spaces between the stitches are filled in and the project takes its proper shape. Any mistakes made are often hard to find after the project is felted! For even more felting project ideas, check out our Pinterest board! Let us know in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or Tweet us how your felting projects turn out!