My first attempt I used Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn. It knitted up really quickly and I was so excited about it. It is a little intimidating because when you felt something, the pre-felted size is HUGE!! Check out the bag before it took a tumble in my washing machine!
And fabulously felted it came out!! Well......almost fabulously. See that cute little circle towards the middle of the bag?? Yeah....it fabulously fused together in the center!!
Here is where I went wrong:
1. The bag is the only thing I put in the washer.
2. I used the sanitize mode which has A LOT of spin!
3. I never checked it, I just let it go for the whole cycle...which happened to be about an hour.
So, with that knowledge in mind, I set off to try again.
This time I used Cascade 220, which is closer to the same yarn that the pattern calls for. I actually was really excited because I liked these colors a lot more then the blue and purple. Welcome to the stage, please, bag numero dos!!
Yay for turquoise and orange! My favorite colors! And, as you can see, it is again as large as my couch cushion. This time I used the express wash setting on Hot/Cold with low spin. I also threw in a few towels that needed washing anyways. Each cycle lasted 20 minutes (and I did four of them to get the size/look that I wanted). In to the washer this one went....after I did a felting dance and crossed all my fingers and toes and held my breath till I was blue!!
And then I checked on it.....
And then I checked on it....
And then I checked on it again....
Operation cute lunch sack, accomplished!!!
I can't wait to take this to work tomorrow to show it off!! I love the striping sequence, it just turned out so cute!!!
So, now I can un-cross all of my fingers and toes and hop off to bed!!