Sunday, April 29, 2012
BAG FAILURE :-(
Did this ever happen to you? You had a beautiful wool sweater, real 100% wool, and by mistake you threw it in with the laundry in the warm cycle? And it came out felted and destroyed? It happened to me! I never again buy wool sweaters, because I am not cautious and careful.
But now I WANTED to "ruin" a piece made of pure wool and I WANTED it to felt!!! BUT it did NOT work out!
I finished crocheting this bag (still no handles attached) and, according to the instructions for felting I found on the Internet, put it in a zippered pillow case with heavy laundry of jeans and stuff and washed it on 40 degrees. Nothing changed! Second wash on 40 degrees - nothing! I did it again on 60 degrees, it felted a tiny bit and lost some color. Now I got frustrated (AND angry!) and washed it with some towels in 90 degrees hot water! It lost ALL its color (and the towels got "nice" hues!) It felted to some degree - but it is not really felted. I should not be able to see any crochet stitches after proper felting!
I really don't know what to think of it! Did I create an ugly bag? The only thing I still can try is to work on it with my hands - to knead it and beat it and squeeze it and curse it and push it around with soap and hot water and muscles! I will do that and show you the results...
The band on the wool said: 100% wool - AND this wool was also quite expensive! Umpfffffff - I should get a decent bag from it!!! Shouldn't I?
I bought another batch of wool in beautiful colors (and NOT expensive) - on the bands it says: 100% wool, suitable for FELTING! Wish me luck! :-)