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Thursday, November 01, 2007

felted clogs

Subtitle: The post in which I admit that I am not perfect.

Remember these? (Of course not, I hardly mentioned them. A mere blip on the radar...)

felted clogs, prefelting

Nice looking clogs, right?

Unfortunately, this is what they look like after felting ...
not so felted clogs

not so felted clogs

The astute among you will notice that the 2 yarns didn't exactly felt the same. The brown Lamb's Pride got nice and felted and looks rather like a dead Muppet pelt, while the orange barely felted at all.

I should have done a test-felting with a swatch. I didn't, and now I have 2 giant orange sacks with dead Muppet treads.

Sigh. Now I need to make another pair, as these were supposed to be for Thom. He keeps asking about them, since much like Stephanie, we are in the midst of some Furnace Wars in our neck of the woods.



  • J. gave in and out on the heat right before he left on his latest trip. I think he knew I would do it anyway while he was gone. ;-)

    I am so, so sorry about the clogs. And I am not giggling about it at all. No sirree. ;-)

    By Anonymous Beth S., at 7:45 PM  

  • Well, I am sorry about those clogs, but it's pretty funny. Sort of hilarious, actually. Every time I look at the picture I start laughing.

    By Anonymous cheryl, at 7:53 PM  

  • Nothing goes wrong as dramatically as felting. I'm sure the next pair will be perfect.
    I broke down and put the heat on for a bit on Tuesday then turned it back off. We'll see how long it takes me to turn it back on.

    By Blogger Lucy, at 8:12 PM  

  • Yowza - both parts are the same yarn?!

    By Blogger Chris, at 8:40 PM  

  • Hey, I like the color of the orange. It's bright and cheerful in spite of its lack of cooperation in the felty endeavor.

    By Blogger CynicalGal, at 8:46 PM  

  • i'm with beth. not laugh AT ALL.

    furnace wars going on here too. joe came close to turning it on the other night, but i wouldn't let him. told him to put on a sweater.

    it's 62 degrees in the house right now.

    By Blogger maryse, at 8:54 PM  

  • Ooops!

    We don't endure cold. I would, but Pete grew up with many heat-free days and nights and won't do it now. We aren't baking, mind you. Just not cold.

    By Anonymous Teresa C, at 11:58 PM  

  • Oy, those are some booties. Did the orange felt enough that you could cut them up and make something out of them?

    We are firmly in the furnace wars too- I won't relent on turning it on until all the A/C units are in the basement!

    By Blogger Local Egg, at 8:34 AM  

  • Dude, what the heck happened to that Lamb's Pride?! I've felted Lamb's Pride before and it never got all pelty before! That is whack.

    By Blogger Bertha, at 9:08 AM  

  • Bummer.

    By Anonymous Pi Grrrl, at 9:28 AM  

  • That is a shame. I've "accidentally" felted things before, but never really tried a true felting project. Most people I know say it takes a few tries. Hang in there!

    By Blogger PatchesMom1973, at 9:30 AM  

  • Ouch. i must admit to chuckling about the "dead muppet pelt".

    By Blogger CrazyFiberLady, at 11:21 AM  

  • Do not make a woman with a cold snort, it ain't pretty. (She says as she vigorously Kleenexes her face.)

    I think it was "Dead Muppet treads" that got me... Sorry for you pain, but dude, that's funny.

    By Anonymous Julie, at 2:24 PM  

  • oh no!

    that is really bizarre b/c I made esentially identical clogs (down to the exact same colors I think - is your orange tigerlily?) and both yarns felted beautifully (although yes the brown got a bit fuzzy) you should write lambs pride about the orange - maybe there was an issue w/ that lot

    By Anonymous kittiescanknit2, at 3:13 PM  

  • Isn't the orange a yarn bought at the fiber fair in NH you went to? Love the color but I'm sorry but it really is funny how the 2 yarns felted so differently. The orange might felt more if put thru the washer again, but the sole may get even worse ... or maybe not. Won't hurt to throw it in again along with New knitted clogs to Felt.

    Sorry but ... I am laughing. Not at the pain of it, but the picture and the dead Muppet image. LOL

    By Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut, at 7:38 AM  

  • The orange yarn has been treated in some way to make it act like that, like it's been bleached, or it has some superwash content, or it has something in it that is acrylic. You did say it was a mystery yarn, right? It should have felted more otherwise.
    Don't let this spoil you for other intentional knitting ruining adventures.
    The local has Ella Rae (which is Cascade 220 in different packaging) but it very economical, and felts great. Orange too.

    By Anonymous julia fc, at 5:33 PM  

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