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anderknit
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Posted - 03/01/2009 :  08:40:42 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Anyone try this one? It's from IK Fall 2008, and there are over 700 of them on Ravelry. (They are extremely addictive.)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dumpling-bags

or if you're not on Ravelry:
http://tinyurl.com/6j3oou (scroll down one screen)


I just finished felting my first one - pre-felted pictures here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/anderknit/dumpling-bags

My question is this: how do you get your felting to come out evenly? Some parts of my bag are extremely felted; other parts still look like knitting.

Any ideas?

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

2totangle
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Posted - 03/02/2009 :  10:42:55 AM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've had my eye on this pattern for potential gifts, but haven't tried it yet. Yours is gorgeous. I really like the colors.

As for your question about uneven felting, I don't have much to offer except to keep tossing it back in until you're satisfied. I tend to like my felted projects to be very felted, and my particular circumstances of water temp/water composition/washing machine, etc., make for a few more sessions in the machine than others seem to need. I'm also pretty aggressive with tweaking the wet product into shape -- I'll pull, poke, use binder clips and twine, and stuff things with a million plastic bags to get the shape I want.

Suzanne

Flick pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2totangle/
Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/2totangle
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Atavistic
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Posted - 03/02/2009 :  12:03:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found an old-fashioned washboard and felted on that, when I was into felting. I think I found it at an Ace Hardware store, actually...

"I'm telling you, we're in a M. Night Shyamalan flick."
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lemons
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Posted - 03/02/2009 :  1:41:08 PM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you look at her pictures on the Rav site, you can still see stitches pretty clearly on a number of them, if that's any consolation. But yes, keep sloshing them around.

lemons of missouri
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rhys
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  5:30:24 PM  Show Profile Send rhys a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the magazine and the directions confuse me a bit. Can someone help me? It starts with 3 st for an I cord. It says: With MC doubled and dpn, CO 3 st. Work a 3" I cord..........."

I don't see where it ever states to quit using the MC doubled. Is this the case? If so, do I knit it doubled all the way thru the pattern? And what's the best way to double: pull from the inside of the skein and the outer, too?

Thank you!
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anderknit
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  8:34:01 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi - yes, the directions want you to knit the entire bag with a double strand of worsted weight yarn. I used a single strand of Valley Yarns (WEBS) Berkshire Bulky instead.

When I have knit with doubled yarn, I've done it both ways - using both ends of a skein or splitting the skein in half. When using both ends of a skein I've had some tangling problems, but it's doable either way.



"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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rhys
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Posted - 03/15/2009 :  7:21:56 PM  Show Profile Send rhys a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much. The bag is already knitted and off needles. I went to 7 stores today to try and find something other than lucite rings. Urg. Still haven't found anything that will work. Hope to get something at Hobby Lobby on Tuesday. I neer would have thought finding rings would be such a tough assignment.
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Sticks and String
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Posted - 03/16/2009 :  07:27:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Sticks and String's Homepage Send Sticks and String a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My MIL knit 18 of these bags for the "council" of a women's social organization she's involved with. I found beautiful shell rings at Michael's for her to use instead of the plastic rings. They went thru the machine without issue. I felted them 3 to a bag using the small net laundry bags.


Jo
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anderknit
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Posted - 03/16/2009 :  09:12:47 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Suzanne - Thanks for the compliment - I do appreciate it.

I was never able to find non-plastic rings anywhere locally - not Michael's, ACMoore, Joann's, or a fabric store. I ended up ordering very nice wood rings from Artbeads.com. (Link below.) They were quite inexpensive and shipping was free, so I ordered 6 sets. (These dumpling bags are addictive!)

http://tinyurl.com/cbdfz5

Felting update: I ended up "hand-felting" the less felted spots of my bag by wetting the bag in the sink and rubbing rubbing rubbing from the inside with a kitchen scrubbie. Someone in LYS suggested a certain kind of tupperware top - she said a friend of hers searched yard sales for them. Someone else said that those plastic things you put under a bar of soap to keep them from getting icky would work too.

Anyway, after re-felting the under-done spots, it is nice and even now.

"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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Sticks and String
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Posted - 03/16/2009 :  6:50:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sticks and String's Homepage Send Sticks and String a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Try the beading sections in the craft stores or a beading store. I found the shell rings in the beading section of Michael's...


Jo
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lella
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Posted - 01/02/2010 :  2:58:38 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
I found an old-fashioned washboard and felted on that, when I was into felting. I think I found it at an Ace Hardware store, actually...


Amanda, did you do something the size of clogs or this little bag on that washboard? I have a heck of a time getting anything to felt in my front loading machine.

Lella
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