Knit Without Ceasing

My felted hat


  My felted hat 
  Originally uploaded by msongbird.

In an act of great courage, I threw my new wool hat into the washing machine with a little Murphy’s Oil Soap (recommended by teh Internets), on the hot/cold cycle. After one washing, it felt deliciously soft and looked beautiful.

Then I bravely tossed it into the dryer, accompanied by a flannel sheet.

After an hour, voila! A felted hat, soft and woolly.

I feel triumphant! Also warm.

I’m sure I’ll take it off eventually.

21 thoughts on “My felted hat”

  1. OK, I am totally and completely depressed. I cannot make anything. I went to the deli today and bought something to pass off as my own at a party tonight. I could not knit a hat in, like, a decade.
    It’s adorable.

  2. I’ve already lost it to The Princess. She loves it! But have no fear, I went out into the cold today to buy yarn and circular needles, and more hats are in the offing.

  3. Good for you!
    And Murphy’s, eh… if I ever finish another knitting project in this lifetime or the next, I’ll keep that in mind for the felting. But it doesn’t look good at this point.

  4. I can’t believe you knit that already.
    not being in ANY way crafty, i would still be trying to figure out how to cast on, with the internet as a guide.
    also, i would have no sermon because I would be so determined that I could knit before church time arrived.
    as it is, your hat is gorgeous, i’m very impressed, and i’m going to pick up my jaw off the floor and get back to my very-bad-for-you-but-oh-so-tasty stuffed mushrooms before the cat eats them.

  5. Very impressive O Crafty One.
    I bake. That’s it.
    AND even worse – I look like Dopey in hats.
    Oh well. (You look awesome.)

  6. I was just dropping by to say “great hat” but I”m all distracted by the comment stream. Not only are you cool, but you know some very cool people!
    Great hat!

  7. More of the same as above. I hold you in great esteem. I would have to think about a project for weeks or months before I started it. Plus since I don’t know how to knit, I would never have started that one. You are awesome in so many ways. This is just one of them.

  8. Love the hat!
    Why is Murphy’s Oil Soap suggested for felting? Inquiring minds need to know because they just use reg. washing detergent to felt wool sweaters.
    You are dead sexy!

  9. A master felter reports on her website that felting is best accomplished with soap, rather than detergent. As a novice, I can only tell you that it seemed to work!

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