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.