I had fun using up some wool scraps,
making tiny felted vessels inspired by Laura's Winter Rainbow series of photographs.
They're so simple and fun to make (less than 30 minutes of knitting time!) and useful to have around.
The main reason I made them however, was to gather information about how YOU like to hand-felt. As you may know, I'm currently working on a book for STC Craft full of knitting patterns for slippers, many of them knitted and felted. Most of the felting I do is by hand, and that's the technique I will be including in the book. Before I write more about that however, I'd like to get more information about your experiences with hand felting.
SO. I have a favor to ask. I'm hoping you'll knit up one of these vessels and then felt the pieces by hand following my directions in the pattern. Then fill out a survey that's right here to let me know how the felting process went for you. ETA: Free to use any yarn comparable to the one I used, surely you have some feltable worsted weight yarn around.
When you send me your completed survey, you'll be entered to win a set of Color Stripe Vessels made by yours truly along with a $50.00 gift certificate to the online yarn shop Webs.*
1. Get the pattern and knit a Color Stripe Vessel. Here's the pdf.
2. Hand felt the vessel.
3. Complete the survey by February 20, 2012.
4. Be entered to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Webs and a completed set of Color Stripe Vessels.
Please help me spread the word, I'm looking forward to hearing about your felting exploits!
*Just FYI, Webs isn't sponsoring this project. Webs doesn't even know who I am other than being one of their customers. I just love shopping there and thought you probably do too.