As I was listening to my iPod this weekend, I decided that he looked awfully cold and electronic. Stan the Nan as we call him, just dangles from the ears in a tangle of white cords looking like every other nano on the block. So I decided to delve into my scrap stash and whip up a little something cozy.
Cozies BEFORE felting
As I was finishing up, I remembered someone in my knitting group once suggested using a kitchen mixer to felt smaller items. So, I put a kettle of water on to boil and pulled out my trusty KitchenAid mixer.
Set the speed to low and let the cozies agitate in boiling hot water for about 15 minutes. Do not fill the bowl too full or put the speed up too high, or you will have hot water dangerously sloshing everywhere!
I squeezed the excess water out, stuffed them full of plastic wrap, and let the cozies dry overnight.
Spike wanted to help choose a button
In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the 2nd cozy didn’t turn out so well. It seems that the main yarn wasn’t feltable wool as I had assumed, and strange things happened to it during felting.
You can really see what happens when you mix wool with acrylic and felt it; the wool shrinks up and pulls the stitches surrounding it inward. I’m calling this one Frankenfelt.