It Felt So Wrong…

Felting is an inexact science at the best of times. Add to that the fact that I cannot really crochet (I have tried to teach myself a few times, but I always forget how to do it as soon as I put the crochet hook down) and what emerged from my washing machine today was a little green mangled lump of inevitability and the result that science crochet finally solved the age old question – ‘what would a gecko look like if you dropped a house on top of it from a great height?’

Made from Rowan Pure Wool DK, it resembles a comedy lump of slime. I’m not even sure you can make out quite what it was supposed to be. I’ve pinned it out to block as I think it has a certain charm to it anyway, and I don’t have the heart to throw it away. What did surprise me is how much lighter the felted item looks from the original yarn:

As I have used this same ball of yarn for a few different projects now I have seen that it does lose quite a lot of colour in a cold wash even, but I wasn’t expecting the colour change to be quite so drastic. I am not sure if this change in colour is due to the washing process or if the fluffiness of the now fulled/felted fibres alters the appearance of the yarn and the way it behaves in the light, but I haven’t noticed this drastic colour change in any other yarn I have so far used in my stumbling journeys through the alchemical processes of felting.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a use for my new lumpy creation, but I’ll have a think about how it might be put to use. If anyone has any suggestions, please list them in the comments and I’ll see if I can act on them!

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