Well, kind of. I decided to go ahead with the hair-brained idea last night.
First Step: Choose Your Weapon
I figured the whatchamacallit on the right would get things done without getting little baby booties wrapped around it in the process.
Step 2: Get Together All your "Ingredients"
I started with about 3 cups of super hot water, a squirt of dish soap, and of course the booties. From here the KitchenAid was turned on the lowest setting and locked down. It splished, it splashed, water was everywhere. I decided to check after five minutes: nothing.
I left the KitchenAid alone to do its work and check again after 20 minutes. Felting was finally occurring, but things looked different than I expected. It almost seemed that there was too much agitation. The felted piece was thinner, flatter, and hairier than normal. I decided I would add more water.
You would have thought we had a flood in our kitchen, but then my genius of a husband reminded me that I actually have a splash guard for my KitchenAid... how did I forget?
So after an hour of the KitchenAid working hard (and a TON of shaping on my part), I ended up with these little buggers:
Yes, they still need a good trim and finishing- but they will work. In a pinch, the KitchenAid came to the rescue once again. Would I do it again? Probably not!