I found out the hard way…
NEVER, EVER!!! (I can’t stress this enough)
NEVER just stick your hand in the hot water of the washing machine to pull out your felted item. Use a dishwashing glove!!!
I felted my first purse about ohhhhhh 4 hours ago, and my hand is still all red. Now it’s…shall we say…kinda my fault, since I stuck my hand in the water to mid forearm without checking the water temperature first. The water was slightly cooler than boiling, not not much. I screeched rather loudly and yanked my arm from the not so tepid water, and danced around blowing on my hand, cause ya know uhhhh that’ll help.(gaining a few strange looks from my neighbors, as I was in the community laundry).
Ok, but THEN, to show the world how smart I was, I STUCK MY HAND IN AGAIN!!! oh, and again, and yet one more time. The whole time repeating to myself, and apparently everyone else in the laundry room, “ouww, oowww, oohhhh, hot, hot…”
A few people came over to see what I was doing, I explained, they wandered away in disinterest, muttering something about the weird girl who knitted something or other.
And finally, I got smart left the washer open, ran to my apartment and got the big yellow dishwashing glove.
All I can say in my own defense (other than I will be buying a helmet and a ticket for the short bus tomorrow), is I was excited since this was my first attempt at felting, and I didn’t want to wait to see what my purse would look like.
Needless to say my hand is red, my pride is singed around the edges, but my purse looks good, and that’s all that really matters right?!?