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Old 05-24-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Is it really that bad to put wool in the dryer? I want to make some nighttime longies for James (a.k.a. Sir Pees-a-lot) and I thought I would "lightly felt" them to make them even more bullet proof. Well, needless to say, I'm a little skeptical about putting all the time and energy into making a pair of longies only to ruin them while trying to felt. So I've done a bunch of swatches to experiment with felting and try to make sure I know what to do (how big to make them, etc.) I'm using Paton's Merino and I'm having an awful time getting it to felt! Yesterday I had a couple of swatches that I'd done and I soaked them in water to get them good and wet, squeezed a bit of the water out, then threw them in the dryer with a load of dh's work clothes. I kept checking them at 5 minute intervals (what all the felting instructions say) but after like half an hour, nothing was happening so I finally just left them in there till the clothes were dry. By that time, one of the swatches was noticeably felted, the other one, not so much. I thought that maybe my swatches were too small or were getting wrapped up in the other clothes so they weren't getting enough friction so today I tried a couple of larger swatches and put them in with just one pair of jeans and the dryer balls. Still, after about 20 minutes, they're a little fuzzy but not really felted and not shrinking noticeably....they are however almost dry. The thing is, I know that if I ever tried just once to put a "good" garment in the dryer it would felt in the first 5 minutes and be ruined!
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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I read felting has more to do with friction then temperature. But...Im not expert.
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:04 AM   #3
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It does take temp. change plus agitation to felt most wool. Paton's might be processed enough that it doesn't felt well.

Cascade 220 felts very nice. Its rather thing, but if you used 2 strands to knit, I bet it would felt great and make an excellent night time fabric.

You might try cascade eco as well.

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