It began with my daughter's idea for a larger felted basket to hold the little egg baskets and gathered eggs. I had very little Murano wool left, but got the idea of using up a variety of left-over wool in creating a basket.
I began with the little bit of Murano and some of the Fuel left from the Lakota Hood. Combined, these made up the base. So far, so good.
I then knitted in some Bendigo Woollen Mills' Classic 12 ply wool in Java, combined with a ball of variegated Shepherd Colour4Me 100%wool to give it some link to the base and the top.
Moda Vera Sorbet I bought about 5 years ago from Spotlight. The label says 100% Australian merino wool. I bought it to make a hat for a small child have never got around to it. I was always surprised it was wool. Other similar yarn I have of a different brand is wool and acrylic. I figured it was thick and loose, so should felt up OK.
All seemed to be going to plan. It knitted up well and, I thought, would blend well when felted.
That, of course, was wrong.
The Murano base felted beautifully.
The blended wool in the middle felted not at all - in the face of being brought to the boil in a saucepan, put through the longest and hottest washing machine cycle, it came out much as it went in. It really IS machine washable!
The worst, however, was the Sorbet. It came out much as acrylic comes out - thin and shedding.
I gave it one more go in the washing machine to make sure - but the result was fit for the bin.
However, my waste-not-want-not forebears helped me through.
First, I cut off the Sorbet mess and put it in the bin.
Then I cut and blanket-stitched the edges of the base and turned it into a pot-holder - really effective!
Finally, I set about making the owl teacosy I have been promising a friend, using the wool unravelled from the middle section - but that's another post!
Oh, and I should add - I ordered another ball of Murano to make a proper basket to replace the mess!