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  • hey, I found a great project for your knitting. Ravelry: Draft Stopper pattern by Lion Brand Yarn

    You knit a long tube with 100% wool, then wash it in very hot water until it shrinks/felts to size, sew up the ends, then fill with rice or kitty litter and you have door draft stoppers. The loom is the perfect tool for these.

    Nourish yourself the rest will take care of itself!
    Chris
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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    • ^ Ooh, cool, Chris...and something I think I can make
      -- Ruth

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      • oh you can make them for sure. Just be sure it is 100% wool, and generally not white (the bleaching process for some reason messes with its ability to felt). If for some reason you felt one and it ends up too short you can just felt another one and sew them together. If it ends up too long, just cut it off. Once felted it is just like material. Very cool.
        Chris
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        • I am thinking of getting a loom. I can do that!!
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          • WalMart. They are really pretty cheap. I LOVE mine!!!!
            -- Ruth

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            • check goodwill and garage sales, you almost always find them really cheap there!
              Chris
              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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              • there ya go.

                felting is a fun way to be able to do different things with the knitting too. Sachets and purses come to mind. And oddly, 100% wool tends to be the cheaper yarns.
                Chris
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                • I will check it out.
                  Karin


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                  • I've got to figure out this felting business............
                    -- Ruth

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                    • so very very easy. Just think of a time you accidentally washed a nice wool sweater and it became a new outfit for a doll baby. I just wash the item in hot water with a high level of agitation. In my front loader it actually, does not work as well, because I can't check it mid-cycle, and it has lower agitation than a top loader. I don't use soap usually, because I may not end up sending it through the rinse cycle.

                      I actually have a "purse" I felted, but it shrunk the wrong way, so it is a very long very short thing. I am thinking I will cut it up and sew it together to make myself a draft stopper.

                      If you sew at all, you can buy 100% wool sweaters from Goodwill, wash to felt, then sew together to make pillows or purses among other things. DD does this, but she likes sewing.
                      Chris
                      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                      My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                      • p.s. on pinterest, do a search for felted wool and you will see all sorts of things. Things like flower brooches you essentially just cut and pin together, to a Christmas tree that is circles of different colored felt stacked, to balls that you use as "fabric softener". (this last one, you simply make a ball with the yarn, tie it into a stocking and wash and dry to felt it...once felted throw 3 or 4 of these in with clothes to dry=no chemicals)
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • I have a front-loader as well...

                          I don't sew, but it's on my list of things I want to pursue some day. I'm not particularly crafty, though I like it. Turns out I'm just not real good at it
                          -- Ruth

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                          • nobody is born being a good crafter, (or musician or artist or organized person) it takes practice and a willingness to make something ugly and learn from it! Do that often enough and it translates into many different crafts and abilities.

                            The front loader you will just have to do hot water and the most agitating cycle you have and y stop it before the rinse and spin (spinning it can make some serious, very hard to reverse, creases) cycle and run it through again. The dryer balls I never did get all the way felted, but BFF just bought a top loader so I am going to take them over there to finish them off.

                            the beauty of the felting process is that it makes the article very water and wind resistant, and makes the wool softer and easier to wear. I made a hat (cloche I think they call it) that I love. I had let it get too small, so I re-wet it in hot water and reshaped it over a slightly larger mixing bowl. The stuff is easy to work with.
                            Chris
                            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                            • Our water heater is out. It was the shortest shower EVER. Oh, the joys of home ownership................
                              -- Ruth

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                              • Ugh.

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