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RoseM
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Posted - 11/05/2005 :  7:35:39 PM  Show Profile Send RoseM a Private Message
Ugh

Felted my Lopi bucket bag and the shape is great, but it is SO hairy. Went and bought a Remington sweater shaver . . . it just wasn't powerful enough to make a dent in the fur! Then took a safety razor to it. Some improvement but it is still too hairy and prickly for me. Scissors work - but those little hairs coming off are killing me. This bag will never be used.

Some people have had great success with Lopi. Do any of you know what I might have done wrong? I did do a lot of felting (hot/cold) to get the firm fabric I wanted - but I've done the same technique with other yarns (Kureyon, Cascade) and didn't get so much fuzz. I know the yarns are different -- just wasn't expecting a Yeti bag[:((]!

The really sad thing is that I'm (finally) almost finished my French Market Bag -- you guessed it -- out of Lopi. [**]

RoseM

The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  10:56:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
It's the nature of Lopi - those long gaurd hairs that make non-felted garments so warm like to fuzz up when felting.

You can use clippers (human or dog), then the sweater shaver, then refelt it for just a few minutes. Soak in hair conditioner, rinse, and brush with a soft bristle brush when dry. That SHOULD take the bulk of the prickers out.

For what it's worth... Lopi + felted slippers = monster feet that are super-duper warm! And the bag will last forever :)

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RoseM
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Posted - 11/06/2005 :  11:35:14 AM  Show Profile Send RoseM a Private Message
Thank, Irish Ewe!

I've had to put that bag aside for a bit - such a disappointment and I can't bear to be near the prickly mess, but will try your suggestions later.

RoseM
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Lanea
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Posted - 11/07/2005 :  06:44:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
I made a felted lopi bag and also thought it was way too hairy, but a friend saw it and fell in love with it as-is. I also prefer felt that isn't hairy.

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JayhawkKnitter
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Posted - 11/07/2005 :  08:23:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit JayhawkKnitter's Homepage Send JayhawkKnitter a Private Message
I love Lopi's hairyness after felting! It's definitely a preference thing.

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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  07:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Rose, it's quite a differance between Lopi and C220, huh? But I love both - C220 for hats and some bags, Lopi for slippers and mixed yarn bags (my fave bag was stripes of Lopi with various other novelty yarns mixed in, done in a random stripe pattern. Came out wild and funky and after I shaved the inside, bulletproof!)

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elizh
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  4:01:36 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
RoseM--Hey I'm with you. I think Lopi is too hairy. It's C220 for me. I also happened to have some of the giant balls of Lion Brand Fishermans (the kind with the oil in it) leftover from when I bought a half dozen for $36 from Discount Yarns, and that stuff also felts great.
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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/08/2005 :  5:10:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Oh, don't forget Barlett Yarns - all natural, mule-powered mill (go look at their website for details on that) and felts like a *dream* NAYY, don't even have it in the shop yet, but as a Mainer, I'm honor bound to plug it :)

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