Yep, the Noni bag felted.
It went from 27 inches long to 16.5 inches long. It is 19.5 inches around.
The pattern directs you to felt it to 16 inches long and 19 inches around, so I got it pretty close.
As you no doubt know, Cascade 220 felts beautifully. Even the natural color, which a number of you warned me about, gave me no cause for complaint. There is very little of the natural in this bag, so it either felted obediently on its own, or it was swept along by the enthusiasm of the other colors.
The hardest part of the felting process was pulling the bag out of the washer from time to time to check on the progress. That water was hot. (It did briefly cross my mind that if I had rubber gloves or used tongs to fish the bag out of the water I’d be much happier. But I didn’t and I didn’t. And I wasn’t.) I’ve felted all sorts of things in my washer using this very same setting and I don’t remember the water being so relentlessly hot.
In the pattern it mentions that the top of the bag where the opening is can flare a bit during felting. I tried to smoosh it down as best I could during the process. After I took the bag out of the washer, I stuffed it with rolled-up towels to shape it. I pinned the top together in a few places, and then sewed it together, with regular sewing thread and needle, to help alleviate any residual flaring.
Sewing through the felted fabric was a bit difficult, made more so by the fact that I wasn’t using a thimble. I poked a hole in my fingers a couple of times pushing the needle through, but no, I did not stop to find a thimble.
So the bag is happily drying. I measured the top opening and ordered a zipper. I think I want to put the zipper in before I line it, so this will go on the back burner until the zipper arrives.
I did knit a flower for an embellishment — from the Noni pattern for camilla flowers. I made the large flower with some smaller petals in the center. Here it is pre-felting.
And after felting.
I think it’s pretty, but it is way too big for the bag, I think. And I felted the living crap out of it.
Then I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted an embellishment on the bag. Then I thought I could knit a smaller flower.
Then it occurred to me — it’s felt. Trim it with scissors. Duh.
That’s much better. Mebbe I’ll make a couple of leaves.
Lucy is thrilled at the idea.