On the positive side I managed to felt a bag I knitted from Bev Beattie's book "Knit and Felt Bags".I used Bev's felting wool - one strand of buttermilk and one of ecru. The bag is knitted on 8mm and 10mm circular needles, so it knits up really quickly.
As Bev says in her book, before felting, the bag is very much the ugly duckling -
- but then in the washing machine the magic happens. I used the 40 degree cotton wash programme and I'm really pleased with the result. My ugly duckling is on its way to becoming my swan!!
I have stuffed the bag with towels and need to wait until it dries and then I shall attach the handle and think about embellishing it. Bev recommends attaching embellishments and handles before felting but my confidence isn't that high yet. Maybe next time.....
The other thing I have finished is a birthday present for a friend.
I hope he will hang it on his shed - it doubles as a store for all the bits for his garden railway!