Less than a year ago I cultivated an interest in learning to crochet (Thanks, Lou!) but have been admittedly slow in making any progress towards productive output. Like Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, I have spent a lot of “think time” in the past few months, practicing basic stitches, watching videos, studying patterns, and . . . . thinking about putting everything together for some finished creations. Believe it or not, all this thinking has left me with a sudden spurt of products flying off my hook based on one small facet of crocheting – felting!
Felting is the process of mashing, matting, squeezing and squishing 100% wool fibers together into a solid piece of fabric. Felting can be done with loose wool fiber and several different techniques to mold them together – or it can be easily accomplished by crocheting a simple product and then running it through a process to beat it up and felt it. This winter I have seen tantalizing little felted accessory pieces in boutiques, and have developed a taste for the look; but oh the price! Little fuzzy mittens, hats, decorator bowls, and (my favorite) purses! There is just something about the felted look that I appreciate.
Lucky for both my crochet and my felting fascination, the internet provides me with all the detailed instruction that I need, including an unlimited supply of free crochet patterns and directions for felting. And, friend Lou also dug deep in her archives and sent me a wonderful how-to book all about felted crochet. I’m set for as long as this felting interest has a-hold of me!
Here are some pictures of my finished projects.
It leaves me wondering how long this phase will last! For now -- It Felt Goooooooooooood!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
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