I’ve gotten a lot of questions about why I bother going through the elaborate felting process for my Giganto-Blanket. Mostly, people are confused because the pattern calls for superwash wool, which by design isn’t supposed to felt, so they wonder if it’s really necessary or even effective to bother felting it.
The felting process does indeed work on the superwash wool, and the main reason I do it is to puff up the wool so it’s larger in volume and can be split into two strands more easily. Check out this before and after photo:
On the left you can see the roving after I’ve gone through the felting process, and on the right you can see the original roving. The main difference is the width (it’s taller, too, but you can’t really see that in the photo) — the felted roving is about twice the width of the original wool. Also, the texture changes a bit, so hopefully this makes the wool sturdier and cuts down on shedding.
I hope that helps!Tags: felting, giganto-blanket, roving, superwash, wool
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