Felted Ear Warmer

March 7th, 2010 by Amy Alphin Leave a reply »
Tom’s mom, my wonderful mother-in-law’s, birthday is at the end of February.  She loves walks, and being outside.  She also lives in Baltimore, where they’ve been breaking all sorts of snowfall records this year. Clearly she needed a knitted something for her birthday to help keep her warm on her walks in the snow.  That “something” turned out to be a felted ear warmer from the Knit One Felt Too book, by  .  I have very little experience with felting, and since we’ve recently upgraded our washer to a fancy pants front loading one, I wasn’t sure how the felting would work.
**Side note – “felting” is when you knit an oversize item out of 100% wool, (other animal fibers work as well), and shrink it down in the washing machine.  Kind of the opposite of what you want to do with a wool sweater.  The agitation of the washer and the water make the wool “felt”, which is to say “shrink” and “get all fuzzy”.
Thankfully, due to the power of the internet, I was able to find directions for felting in a front loading washer, yay!  I felted the ear warmer, pinned it out to dry on our ironing board, then sewed on some velcro for a closure.
Here I am modeling the ear warmer.
Please excuse the hair, and the fact that I look a bit blue in the photo, I couldn’t fix it in post processing, I’m not sure why.  I think it has something to do with florescents + a flash.  But I digress.  I’m happy with the ear warmer.  It was super fast and easy, and looks nice!  Jennifer was happy too, which really was the main point in the first place!

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