Felted Booties

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As part of my quest to unearth the useless, but salvageable, knitted items that I have clocked up recently I decided to try a little experiment. My two monster knitted hats were saved from a fate worse than frogging by the simple addition of a pom pom (plus a trimming extravaganza for one of them). Lo, they are back in the fold; fully wearable and saved from the knitting scrap heap (image of their glorious return below).

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This latest knitted booty salvage effort required more thought and planning though, and a little experiment. The knitted booties were fit for a poor unfortunate born with flippers instead of feet. My size 5 feet just don’t cut it and for health and safety reasons something had to be done. My overriding urge to just chuck them on a hot wash and see what happens, was reluctantly replaced by a more scientific approach. I dug out the last remaining scraps of the Rowan chunky yarn and knitted a test square, carefully measured it and then chucked it in a hot wash to see what would happen.

Before.

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After.

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Safely protected from the rest of the washing inside a pillow case, this 100% wool shrunk and felted as I’d hoped. Not a massive reduction in size, but enough evidence to commit the two carefully crafted booties to The Machine.

Before.

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After.

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The boots do feel more sturdy, and certainly more snug and grip around the ankles a bit tighter. All of this reduces my chance of skidding down the stairs and breaking my arm, so a result! Mission accomplished.

KnitWit

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