I finished my first hand bag...a great feat for this slow, relatively new knitter! I tied to felt it without great results. I used just a dap of soap and hot water. I started with a pair of jeans, then on the 3rd load added a pair of sneakers. I also tried taking it out and putting it in cold water then back into the hot.
The bag shrank in height but not at all in width. It is felted, but as my 3 yr old pointed out "I can still see some of the stitches".
I have a top loading Calypso (Whirlpool) washer. Instead of the traditional agitator it has a bump. The concept is that the bottom of the tub (including the "bump") wobbles while it turns. It is supposed to bounce the clothes up and down while water flows through them. So the tub never fills with water. Another thing...I stuck my hand in and found that the water never gets really hot like the tap water gets.
What did I do wrong? Can you felt something again after it has dried? I am working on another felting project now so I want to get this felting thing figured out.
Thanks a ton for your help!!