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 need a white yarn that will felt. Any suggestions?
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donovans4
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  08:59:57 AM  Show Profile Send donovans4 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am making a felted hedgehog for my friend's daughter who is off to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the fall. The school colors are red and white, so I would like to make a white hedgehog with red spikes, but have read that white yarn doesn't felt. Does anyone know of a white yarn that will felt, or should I go to plan B, a red hedgehog with white spikes? Thanks for any help!

Laura

MindyO
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  09:29:21 AM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used white patons classic wool. Made a bag with black and white and it felted just fine! Beware though, patons does felt A LOT! I made a bag about 12"x12" and it shrunk to about 4"x6" and it only took about 5 minutes! lol

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mcknitty
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  11:41:49 AM  Show Profile Send mcknitty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've used Cascade 220 in white before and it felted nicely.
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LJ
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  4:38:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll second Cascade 220 White. And the Natural color felts well too.

Linda in Va

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AuntieK
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  4:49:16 PM  Show Profile Send AuntieK a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have also had success with Cascade 220 white, though it does take longer than the dyed yarns. In my machine it can take 30mins to felt the way I like it (no stitch definition).

...Karen
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MindyO
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  8:35:49 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How did you guys felt the cascade? My cousin used the light pink and after about 20- 10 minutes cycles, boiling, rubbing and drying in the dryer it finally felted! Even the dark pink barely felted, but better than the light. And you could still see the stitches a little bit...

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kbshee
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  07:56:12 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fisherman's wool from Lion Brand will also felt. You'll have enough for a whole family of Hedgehogs!

kim in oregon
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knitz2
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  12:07:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've felted white KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and a friend has felted white Nature Spun from Brown Sheep.

Keep knitting, this too shall pass.
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Sticks and String
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  2:47:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sticks and String's Homepage Send Sticks and String a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm more concerned about the red running into the white and the white turning into pink. I'd recommend a test swatch of whichever white (or maybe a couple of whites) with the red of choice before you do the actual critter.

Jo
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knitz2
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  2:59:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
my first felting project was a small tote with white background, red chili pepper and green leaves. used WOTA for all colors, no problem with color running.

Keep knitting, this too shall pass.
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AuntieK
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  4:20:17 PM  Show Profile Send AuntieK a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by MindyO

How did you guys felt the cascade?



I felt all of my felting projects, regardless of the yarn used, in a top loading machine with a small amount of Dawn liquid detergent in the lowest level of hot water that my machine will allow. I also add a pair of old jeans to juice up the agitation. Then I just let it agitate until it felts like I want it. Depending on the yarn, it can take awhile.

Good Luck.....Karen
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mcknitty
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  6:51:53 PM  Show Profile Send mcknitty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I felt with just enough hot water to cover the item and also an old pair of jeans to increase the agitation against the knitted piece. My sister-in-law has said that she puts baking soda in the water too. She feels it helps with the agitation. I check it every 10 minutes or so. It usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Good luck with your felting. It is a really fun thing to do!!!
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MindyO
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Posted - 05/23/2008 :  10:19:26 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks. I do the same thing you guys do, except I add an old shoe I'm not sure what was wrong with her yarn, I've never had a problem with felting, but the yarn she had from cascade just wouldn't felt so I've stayed away from it because of that. It sounds like maybe she just got a bum skein or two? I liked all the colors, was just scared of it not felting.

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donovans4
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Posted - 06/02/2008 :  08:21:08 AM  Show Profile Send donovans4 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My LYS was having a sale - 20% off everything - so I got some white Cascade 220 and knit a swatch, including the fun fur. The part of the swatch w/o the fun fur did felt after several times through the washer. However, the part of the swatch w/ the fun fur did not. Good news is the red didn't run, but I will try and get some Patons Classic Wool and hope for a better result.

thanks to everyone for their help and advise.
Laura
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