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it felt gooooood....
Okay, so that's poor English when you're talking about felting wool. But last night, I did my first experiment in felting -- I put the Fuzzy Feet slippers I made in the washing machine and spent a boring 45 minutes letting them agitate and shrink in hot water, then I put them on top of the space heater for a couple of hours. They came out perfect. Wolfie thinks they're swell and can't wait for me to finish his. Personally, I can't wait to make felted mittens for next winter.

What I love about them is how springy they feel underfoot. And they're warm -- almost too warm. I'm thinking about knitting some with a longer cuff, like midshin, and putting some sort of a sole on them after I felt them. Then I can embroider them and voila! Russian felt boots. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I wonder what would happen if I embroidered *before* I felted, using the same type of yarn. That might be an interesting experiment. Maybe I'll try it on a swatch, or on a mitten. This is so cool! Textile science in action!

My spinning is coming along nicely, too. I spun up more of the merino silk last night on my Forrester spindle -- allow me to reiterate how much I adore this spindle. Beautifully balanced and spins forever. I still want a Hatchtown (had I not purchased the Forrester, the Hatchtown table was my next stop), but I'm *really* happy with this purchase. I think that it'll be my last spindle purchase until after I get my wheel, though, unless I find another one for $5.

Sigh. Fiberbliss. Life is good.

i feel: content content

3 trips or shoot the rapids
From: reasdream Date: March 6th, 2003 06:27 am (UTC) (base camp)
wow. fiberbliss by association!

you know, there's a good wool shop over here. I don't know why you would want to know that. right.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 6th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
Um... so when I hit the Powerball and do my world tour, I know where to go for yarn in Scotland?

There's a woman on one of my spinning lists who's doing a backpacking tour of Tibet and those countries, and collecting spinning and knittin tools and fibers and knowledge as she goes. Really fascinating reading, her posts. I hope she writes a book when she gets back.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 6th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Wow. That sounds like an amazing trip. I do try to make a point of going into yarn shops I encounter when travelling and buying at least a little. I have a scarf made out of yarn bought in Amsterdam and photos of me knitting it on a boat on the Rhine. Mom has a hat I made on that same trip when we realized it was chilly, so we stopped in a yarn store in Germany and I bought yarn and needles and knit her a hat while onthe "Sound of Music" bus tour around Salzburg. I have a box somewhere with all these random balls of yarn I've bought in various places in my favorite colors, someday when there is enough I'm going to do a Kaffe Fassett style many-colored sweater with them. I love things with knitting memories in them!
3 trips or shoot the rapids