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NaProus
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Posted - 11/15/2007 :  4:37:48 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
NOW I understand what the felting craze is all about.

I have a front loader washer, so when I tried to felt, nothing ever came out REALLY felted, just kind of felted. So I was never very impressed. But after a workshop with Cat Bordhi where I started knitting Moebius baskets, I needed to find a new solution.

So I got one of these:

http://tinyurl.com/2dx9q7

I bought it off eBay, and I could not be happier with it. This morning, I refelted the two baskets that I had tried to felt last week, and in less than 10 minutes, they were perfect! They had already gone through 3 cycles in my front loader...

Tomorrow I'm going to felt the baskets I've knit since then!

Knitting pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/naprous

purlthis
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Posted - 11/15/2007 :  5:33:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, you can smack me later, but would that or would that not be great for cloth diapers too?


Rachel
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NaProus
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Posted - 11/15/2007 :  5:38:23 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, never having dealt with cloth diapers, I don't quite know! The problem would be that as it has no plumbing, you'd need to fill up and empty the bucket by hand every time you use it. No problem for occasional felting -- possibly a big problem with daily icky diapers!

Knitting pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/naprous
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phlame
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USA
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Posted - 11/15/2007 :  6:18:18 PM  Show Profile Send phlame a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well...you are fantastic to find this! I have been swearing at my washing machine because it won't felt, and dragging my stuff to my daughters to felt it...PIA! [whatever]
This thing looks great and very inexpensive too. Thank you, thank you!

Shirley Ryan, living in Dana Point, CA

...and dance like no one is watching!
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anderknit
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USA
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Posted - 11/15/2007 :  6:51:52 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for the link! I too have a front loader and have forbade anyone from using it for felting. This thing seems like the perfect substitute. Thanks and thanks!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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nanknots
Warming Up

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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  07:10:56 AM  Show Profile Send nanknots a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Did you throw anything into the Wonder Washer with the baskets to get them to felt? This sounds like a GREAT idea to have around while we're trying to conserve water in GA.
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NaProus
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  6:23:01 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I didn't throw a thing into the washer with the baskets (besides hot water and soap). I used only as much water as seemed necessary to keep them wet and moving. A great idea for a drought, indeed!

Knitting pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/naprous
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adalton124
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Posted - 11/18/2007 :  7:05:02 PM  Show Profile Send adalton124 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Really, it seems like a great idea for all felters. No more worrying that you'll clog the pipes with felt lint by accident, and no wasting gallons of water for a pair of clogs or a bag. What a great find!


Angela
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galleylama
Seriously Hooked

753 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2007 :  09:13:20 AM  Show Profile Send galleylama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like this idea! Small amount of water used and portable, no cloged drains - beautiful, really beautiful!

It is easier to be forgiven than to receive permission.
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ClimberKnits
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 11/23/2007 :  06:41:21 AM  Show Profile Send ClimberKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is a great idea for me , too. My current washer is trying to commit appliance suicide by dragging itself across the floor during the spin cycle. Soon it will succeed in throwing itself down the stairs. DH has been scanning the ads for a new washer/dryer set and is insisting on a front-loading machine. I'd all for one if I had not stumbled on to felting. Who knew that any guy would be all that interested in laundry?
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beejayeles
Chatty Knitter

USA
238 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2007 :  08:09:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit beejayeles's Homepage Send beejayeles a Private Message  Reply with Quote
how big is the "tub"? how many bags do you think you can get in it for felting?

http://s230.photobucket.com/albums/ee51/beejayeles/

brenda
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knottyknitter
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Posted - 11/26/2007 :  08:43:53 AM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Guess what I'm going to order today! I have a top-loader but it works like a front-loader, a super energy-efficient model. thanks for sharing!

http://blog.kittyknitter.com
My blog at Kitty's Knitterbox
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NaProus
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Posted - 11/26/2007 :  09:20:08 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it probably holds about 5 gallons of water? maybe more. What I like is that I can put about a gallon in there to felt a single solitary potholder and not feel guilty about it!

Knitting pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/naprous
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nanknots
Warming Up

71 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2007 :  7:16:08 PM  Show Profile Send nanknots a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My WW arrived today and I felted in it this evening. SO much faster than the low-energy new washing machine.

Now... to figure out how to continue shrinking the item to the right size for the gift recipient. Another trip through the wash?
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Ceil
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Posted - 11/27/2007 :  9:06:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I read the reviews at amazon.com. Do you put the pieces to be felted in a mesh bag first, or throw them in as is? Also, do you soak the pieces first so they're thoroughly saturated?

Ceil
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NaProus
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Posted - 11/28/2007 :  08:08:40 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have thrown my items in as is -- when I empty the bucket, I empty it into a colander lined with a kitchen towel to catch the fibers. I haven't soaked anything -- didn't know I was "supposed" to!

as for shrinking it to the right size, I would say to do it again? My last potholder took about 22 minutes to felt to the size I wanted. I rinsed it in cold water after about 7 minutes, and then again at the end.

Knitting pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/naprous
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AnnaK
New Pal

Netherlands
1 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2007 :  03:17:33 AM  Show Profile Send AnnaK a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi
wonderful how you found a solution! I like that
I'd like to see the pictures you mention, of your creations, but the link to yahoo expired. Seems they focus on flickr now and put yahoo.photo's in the trasher....
Have you got another link to you pics?
Anna
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anderknit
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USA
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Posted - 02/09/2008 :  07:46:22 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I must post again!

As I've previously posted, I have prohibited felting in my very overpriced, temperamental front loader.

So, my husband got us (my daughters and me) a "Wonder Washer" for Christmas, and we used it for the first time this morning. My 11 year old daughter had knit this bag from Magknits:

http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm

We put it in "Wonder", put in enough hot tap water to cover, a few drops of Eucalan, and set it for 15 minutes. IT IS FABULOUS! We are all oohing and aahing and can't believe the miracle of felting.

We are so converted! Thank you again, NaProus, for the great find.


"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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bfaye
Seriously Hooked

USA
721 Posts

Posted - 02/09/2008 :  08:17:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After reading the first post by NaProus on the Wonder Washer back last fall, I asked DH for a Wonder Washer for Christmas. I made 16 felted purses (free pattern at Hello Yarn site) for Christmas gifts. Thank goodness, I finished them in October before I got sick. It was the only Christmas knitting I got done this year. After felting all of those purses in my washing machine, I was not thrilled with the fiber in the pipes and the water and machine use. After I got the Wonder Washer, I set it up on the kitchen cabinet where I could keep an eye on it and put a purse in to felt. This thing is the berries! I love it and wish I'd had one years ago. Thanks, NaProus!

benne
http://feathersong.wordpress.com
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AngieSue
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Posted - 02/09/2008 :  10:59:20 AM  Show Profile Send AngieSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a great find!!! I recently received a front-loader and was worried about felting. My felted clogs could really use a resizing. This is such a great idea. Thank you, NaProus, for sharing!

Angie
My pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26414328@N00/
My blog: http://zippyzinnia.blogspot.com
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