What was I just saying?
Oh! That's right. Felting is more of an art, not a science.
Case in point - Felted cloche #2.
I was so inspired by my success with the black felted hat, that I quickly searched through my stash for some more 100% wool. I found some light purple wool that was unlabeled.
It reminded me of the the souvenir yarn I brought back from my trip to Colombia. My touch test told me it was 100% wool, so without felting a swatch, I simply - and blindly, I might add - forged ahead and knit a second hat without giving it another thought.
Once again, the pre-felted hat is simply too funny not to share a picture. It was finished and ready to felt. I threw it in the washing machine and let it run the entire cycle. It wasn't felting.
It was HUGE. I'm laughing more than smiling in this picture. But it was late at night when I finished my first foray at felting, so I called it a night.
In the morning, I tried my hand at felting once more. This time I added some tennis balls to the washer, plus some boiling water.
It helped and the hat finally shrank. But it's still huge. I have a very large head but this hat is about an XXL.
Now I have to decide if I'll try to felt it one more time and hope it will shrink just that little bit more, or call it a day and accept that I have one very large hat. Maybe it will be my snow shoveling cloche. So just remember - felting is a crap shoot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But it's always an adventure.