Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Well I'll be durned...

Look what I found hiding in the midst of my stash the other night.

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This project was from years ago.  So long ago that I had pretty much totally forgotten of it's existence.  This was originally meant to be a felted messenger bag, but somewhere along the way I think I realized that I have absolutely no need for a messenger bag.

So rather than frog it, which would suck and leave me with lots of itty bitty lengths of yarn,  I decided to felt it and make it into a kitty bed for my poor cold kitties. 
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This was my first time to felt anything ever! To be perfectly honest, I never really saw the point of felting things.  Seemed counterproductive to spend all that time knitting or crocheting something only to purposefully "ruin" it and make all your beautiful stitches melt together and disappear.  Okay, it makes sense for a bag because it makes a very strong fabric, but still...

However, now that I've done it I love it!
It makes such a lovely dense and warm fabric, and well honestly, there is a sort of recklessness and rebelliousness that comes from just wildly tossing your woolen handmade item into a washing machine full of hot water without a care in the world. Like, "Yeah, I'm gonna put it in the washing machine... Yeah, hot water... You got somethin' to say about that...?  Huh!?"

And it's pretty cool that even though it's wool, I don't really have to worry about shrinking it in the wash anymore.  Love that part.
Photo794.jpgThis picture sucks pretty bad, but I just wanted to show that my kitty bed plan worked.  It took Kitty (yep, that's her name) about 2.3 seconds to claim it once I put it on the couch.  I tried several times to get a better picture, but this was the best I could do.

So now, of course, I'm obsessed with thinking of new things to felt.  Oh dear...

(btw- the yarn is Lamb's Pride Worsted, in case anyone is curious. It felts beautifully and they have every color known to man as far as I can tell.  The original pattern was the Good Vibrations Bag from this book.  Here it is on Ravelry too.)





5 comments:

Andrea... said...

Hi Renee. Fantastic! I'm sure Kitty will love it and it will also look great when she is not occupying it! x

Clairy said...

Wow, it's lovely. Kitty looks very happy, and so she should. You are clearly a great Cat Mom.

Lonestarcasie said...

My doggy usually prefers warm laundry if possible. But a knitted afghan could work in a pinch.

LindyLambChopsNZ said...

I love your kitty rug, especially before you felted it. I am in New Zealand & came across your blog when looking for crochet ideas. I love doing crochet rugs. What stitch did you use in this project? Love the combination of colours you used. Happy Days!

renee said...

Thanks Lindy! The rug was made with just plain old single crochet.