Hot water for boiling eggs.
(We made these using the “silk tie” method as shown on Martha. It was fun, I think we might try it again next year.)
Hot water wash for felting (fulling) sweaters.
(Is it wrong that the kids have no clean socks and I have this fluffy stack of yummy sweater felt?)
And then there’s me. I’m in a bit of hot water myself. Behind on my writing and with the kids home on Spring Break…we’ll not much progress happening with the manuscript. Just warning ya…the blog posts will be a little sparse for the next 2 weeks. (I need to go into seclusion like Harlot!)
Before I sneak away (figuratively, I assure you), I thought I’d do a quick felting Before and After. I have gotten a few questions about felting Fair Isle sweaters. People wonder what the pattern might look like, how much detail will be lost, etc. The examples below were all washed in hot water, once, in a front load washer (top loaders typically felt faster/better) with detergent and a tennis ball for friction. Fair Isle sweaters usually felt thicker than solid sweaters due to the stranding on the back.
content: 59% merino wool, 16% cashmere, 15% angora, 10% nylon
content: 82%wool, 7% angora, 7% nylon, 4% silk
Not a fair Isle, obviously, but I thought interesting to show what happens to a printed sweater. Content: 70% lambswool, 20% angora, 10% nylon
You can also see from the contents that the sweaters don’t have to be 100% wool. I say at least a 90% combination of wool and other animal fibers. No more than 10% nylon. Silk doesn’t count as an animal fiber, either. :) For other felting Q&A, don’t forget to check out the discussion area of the Warm Fuzzies Flickr Group over in the sidebar.
Enough talk of hot water unless it’s for tea or a long soak in the tub. Hope to check in here again real soon…