Could you sleep last night? Or were you awake thinking about reading my next post about sweater hunting and felting?
Here are the rest of the sweaters from the photo documentation of felting results.
This is a Banana Republic sweater made of 95% lambs wool and 5% cashmere. I love how this felts up. The cashmere gives it softens and the wool makes it a bit thicker than merino which I like. I am not a big fan of cashmere.. It is great mittens and scarves, but not really thick enough for my purposes. But when it is blended with wool it is great!
One very good way to tell that a sweater is not really what it says, is to look at the washing instructions. If it says you can can machine wash a sweater then most likely it is made with a synthetic fiber that the clothing company is not listing.
Next up is a 100% merino wool sweater by Ralph Lauren. Because it is a multi-yarned sweater it will felt up denser than a single yarn sweater. As you can see the stripes of the colors become more muted in the felting process. This was a great find–a very exciting addition to my stash.
This is a interesting one. It is a vintage sweater by Kings Road–which was Sears brand back during Sears heyday. We’ve all seen these cardigans The original knitting is a bit loose, but felts up beautifully. This one is 50% alpaca – 50% virgin wool. I have found that as long as the sweater is 100% natural fibers with at least 50% wool it will felt. I have not tried less than that yet, but if I get the chance I will.
Here is a Joseph & Lyman 100% merino wool. I have not seen this brand before, but I got good results. If it says 100% merino wool AND Dry Clean Only the sweater is a very safe bet. Merino is so beautiful and lovely to work with.
And finally, here is another one of my favorite combinations of wool and other fibers. This is a Lands End 70% wool 20% rabbit and 10% nylon. It felts up beautifully. The rabbit or angora fibers really give the felted wool a soft hand.
So, here is my final tip–if the sweater is covered nubby and of poor quality it is not going to be magically transformed into a beautiful sweater during the felting process. Trust me. More times than I want to admit, I have hoped for this transformation and been disappointed.
I hope all of you find this information helpful in your sweater hunting–and if you see me in the aisles of a Salvation Army maybe you’ll share some of your secrets for tracking wool sweaters. Or better yet, you can leave a comment here. Sharing is caring.