Thursday, June 10, 2010

KitchenAid... Not just for Bakers Anymore

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!

12 comments:

  1. It worked! Not like I was doubting that it would work, but I'm glad that it did...and well, too. I may have to give that a shot.

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  2. what a great idea! can't believe you thought of that. :)

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  3. I forgot to tell you that when I felt stuff in the washingmashine I just throw it in with the other clothes that need washing - but fill the machine only half. That works in my washingmachine. However, you got the job done, but it did not seem that easy...

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  4. I needed to giggle this morning and that is just what I did reading this post!

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  5. see, I don't have a washing machine (NY=apartment) so I'm kinda hoping this will work for me!

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  6. I was so interested to see how this would work out! the paddle attachment you used was probably the best choice, but maybe for something that small hand felting (while wearing rubber gloves) would work better. I felted a golf cover once (pre-Ravelry days!)and it took me an hour.

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  7. Aw, they turned out really cute! Glad to hear that it worked...even with the flood!

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  8. hmmmm.....I am rethinking my entire method
    LOL

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  9. Funny! and also very cute....both the process and the result....smiles.

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  10. It was worth the adventure!

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  11. This cracked me up, Melynda! "Choose your weapon..." lol And Joe IS a genius, of course. Clever felting technique in a pinch!

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