More Yarn Bags – Felted & Finished

25 Mar


Originally uploaded by ravelSher

Two more yarn bags using Lisa Gentry’s Yarn Bag pattern.

The first picture is the pre-felted photo of both bags.

Yarn – Paton’s Classic Wool

on the left is called Harvest

on the right is called Palais

I hook for both bags.

I am felting the first bag right now and will post pictures when they’re finished.

Bags are felted and drying. I followed the instructions on Paton’s website. – How To Felt Instructions. I have a front-loader washing machine and no idea how hot the water gets.

For the Palais bag: I used the normal cycle/hot for 15 minutes then switched it to cold rinse and spin which ran for 15 minutes. It was not felted nearly enough. I ran it through again on heavy duty/hot for 15 minutes then about 20 minutes of cold. I don’t know if it needs that long of a rinse and spin, but that’s how long my machines sets itself for. It is very felted and I really like it, even though I lost a lot of the size. It will make a great lunch bag.

For the Harvest bag: I used the heavy duty/hot cycle and completely forgot about it and it ran the full 50 minute cycle. I was most irritated with myself. Anyway, it still wasn’t felted to my satisfaction, so I ran it through again for 15 minutes (set my handy-dandy timer and attached it to myself, this time) then ran it through the cold rinse & spin cycle. It’s perfect.

I wasn’t sure how to dry them, so I sort of rigged it by using a couple vases and a coffee thermos.
felted and drying

I’ll get the final pictures up tomorrow after they are completely dry.

Felted Bags –
after felting
The Harvest bag could have been felted more but I didn’t want to lose any more size.
The Palais bag felted beautifully and I wish it showed it better in the picture. The handles wanted to roll on this one, so I just rolled them up tighter and squeezed them every once in awhile while it was drying.

The only thing I don’t like is how the yarn swirled, pooled or whatever the right term is for that.  Despite that, I am quite happy with my first felting project.


After trying on the Palais bag, The Hub would now like a felted cap.  He looked like a Mongolian soldier…be afraid, be very afraid.  LOL!  sorry, no pics


3 Responses to “More Yarn Bags – Felted & Finished”

  1. seeker86 March 25, 2009 at 00:49 #

    Those are cool! I thought you prefelted the yarn at first LOL
    I was thinking I wonder how you do that? I can’t wait to see the after picture.
    I have failed crochet month:p I have only made the little bucket hat for my friend’s, friend’s grandaughter who is going through Chemo. I started it in Feb but I finished it in March.
    I started a scarf too but I don’t know when that will get done.
    I still look at yarn almost every day. Does that count?

  2. seeker86 March 25, 2009 at 17:33 #

    Cute! I like the rolled handles. I thought you crochet them that way.
    I saw a felted hat on Ravelry that looked really sharp. Too bad no picture of your hubby in the purse hat. 🙂

    It was a beautiful photo op, but I had to let it pass. LOL

  3. Elaine March 25, 2009 at 19:06 #

    I love your bags =D

    I had no idea that you could successfully felt in a front loader. I have always been told that you needed an agitating machine to properly felt but I think that you have disproved that theory.

    Thank you, Elaine. I think it just takes longer in a front loader.

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