As the weather cools off, the mind wanders toward crafts to do by the fire…or at least mine does. 🙂 My mother-in-law’s birthday was in July and I made her a felted pincushion, I thought some of you might like to make one this fall. They would make perfect Christmas/Birthday gifts and knit up quite quickly.
Materials needed: Size 10 knitting needles, and worsted weight wool yarn. You could use anything that felts nicely. To start, cast on 24-30 stitches, (an even number). Knit 1, and then Slip 1 as to purl, continue across stitches. Continue pattern until piece measures 30-35 inches.
Fold in half width wise, roll up and sew through all layers with tail to keep round shape.
Place in a zippered pillow case or mesh laundry bag. Set your washing machine to the hottest wash, longest time and smallest size load. Use a small amount of soap and wash your pincushion. It is best to check it every 5-10 minutes and not let your washer drain or spin during the felting process, so make sure you keep an eye and an ear on the machine and reset it when it starts to drain. Just stop the machine and turn the dial back around so it begins to agitate again. You can pull the bag out with tongs to unzip and check on the felting. It should look smooth and the stitches should not be obvious. The longer you repeat this process the more felted the piece will become, only continue this until you are satisfied with how it looks. When you decide the felting is finished, let the machine drain and turn it off. Rinse the piece with cool water and wring it out gently. Place it on a thick towel and let it dry.
Now you can move onto the really fun part, designing the top. 🙂 You will need small amounts of colored roving and felting needles. There are a few videos online that you can watch on how to needle felt, or you might be able to get someone at a yarn shop to show you how it’s done. Once you have the basics down you can do lots of experimenting on your own and come up with many fun ideas.
Do you have any fun fall projects started?