The Crazy Suburban Mom: Too stupid to know better....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Too stupid to know better....

A few years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to felt; the whole felting wool thing was suddenly really, really appealing to me. I only had two problems:

I didn't knit or crochet. (I didn't have any experience with felting so I hadn't heard of needle felting yet)

And the biggy - I'm allergic to wool. (Yeah... Doh! Right?)

Undeterred because you can be undeterred when you don't know any better... I moved on with my felting plan.

Wool is really expensive. And eventually I stumbled upon Their prices are beyond reasonable and at the time I ordered you could get a sample pack (one of each color) of their palette yarns for a great price.


And I did.

My family had a total, What the? moment and was all, What's with the yarn? Because as far as they were concerned I could do nothing with yarn and there was the pesky hive/rash/itching thing.

Anyway. Totally bit the big one on knitting. Huge fail. But crocheting was an entirely different matter. Somehow I worked it. Felting was a different story and managed to work that out from the beginning.

I remembered this story because I started listing on my shop yesterday and ran into all this stuff again. Plus it's around that time of year when I start felting again. I seem to tolerate wool better (best I can anyway) in winter. And it's getting to be winter.

I started with bracelets...


Since I couldn't read patterns I was winging it. Some had buttons and some I added roses I made and felted.

I made a scarf too...


With a button...

And this too because as near as I could figure everyone was doing it...


Yeah, I made a purse.

People were fairly astounded that I'd just started doing this. The only explanation is one that I'd used before. I've had the most success doing things when I was too stupid to know it was something I shouldn't have been able to do in a million years.

*I'm updating this cause I posted to a few fabulous alpaca ladies because I adore alpaca and never mentioned here that alpaca is wonderful and doesn't bother me at all and yes, felts up! So I want to mention it! Alpaca is fabulous and soft as a dream and I'm not allergic to it!*


@eloh 10/30/09, 1:46 PM  

That stuff is really nice. See how cool those vintage buttons look on that scarf.

Alpaca Granny 10/30/09, 3:05 PM  

I would think that you could use alpaca. Most folks don't react to it.....

heidi 10/30/09, 3:05 PM  

the button looks so sweet on that scarf. i love it!

TheClayMuse 10/30/09, 4:46 PM  

mmm yarn porn....*drool* Also, love that Rose!
And yes, do try some alpaca, it's so soft, and does felt up niceley, and "shouldn't" irritate your wool allergy... I put should in quotes, cause, well, you never know with sensitive skin sometimes

The Crazy Suburban Mom 10/30/09, 4:49 PM  

I just updated the post everyone because alpaca is fabulous and it doesn't bother me at all! Its wonderful and soft as a dream!

fortheloveofthrift 10/30/09, 5:31 PM  

Love the bracelet. So, felting eh? hmmmmmmmm maybe I should give it a go......

Crazy Lady with purple fingers 10/30/09, 5:48 PM  

Wow!! Great job with crocheting and felting it, that is one thing I have never done is felt crochet....hmmmm....I think I should try it. Love the scarf and the bag...I think I will just try a crochet-felted scarf.......when I get this hat thing figured out. Thank-you so much for commenting on my blog. As I was reading your post about you being allergic to wool I was thinking you should go the alpaca way, have never heard of anyone allergic to alpaca. I had the mill make me some felting batts with alpaca and a bit of merino wool and it felts beautifully.

Lidian 10/30/09, 8:17 PM  

Those colors are all so beautiful I can hardly stand it :)

And the purse is fabulous - you are so talented, Tracy! Love it.

Maureen 10/30/09, 9:11 PM  

Love the purse you talented chick!

Lynette 10/31/09, 7:10 AM  

amazing to me
i could never do that

Elaine (nannoof4) 10/31/09, 8:36 AM  

I live for felting, I knit then felt, I crochet then felt, I buy a wool sweater and felt it. And my favorite of all is needle felting
check out my site at and see what I mean

Jeve (aka John and Steve) 10/31/09, 9:25 AM  

you're like superwoman! you need a signature costume now...made out of felt ofcourse.

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