A nice cup of tea all over my 100% wool yarn
January 12, 2018 5:02 PM   Subscribe

I need help from all you experienced knitters and felters. I am making a pair of felted slipper clogs and I just dumped a full cup of steaming hot tea in my knitting bag.

not on the slipper, thank God, but on the huge ball of yarn I am using. Will that mess my felting up? I am leaning towards just going to get another thing of yarn because it's a lot of time and effort to risk having the wool not felt properly but I'd really rather not if I don't have to. Any advice from someone more yarn savvy than I am?
posted by BoscosMom to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

It takes hot water and agitation to felt. If the yarn still looks and feels like slightly bedraggled yarn, it's probably fine. Try to dry it gently in front of a heat vent or something. One good roll up in a towel to squeeze out should be fine, especially if it's cooled.

If it feels significantly different to knit than the un-doused yarn or it's hard to see the plies, it might be worth replacing it and using the damaged yarn for something less gauge-sensitive (stuffed animal?).
posted by momus_window at 5:07 PM on January 12, 2018

It will be totally fine. Rinse the tea out, squeeze with a towel, air dry, and carry on knitting. Spilled tea isn’t going to do anything to your yarn.
posted by clavicle at 5:47 PM on January 12, 2018 [4 favorites]

Unless the tea started the felting process because it was so hot and you somehow rubbed the wool onto itself, this will be ok. If I were very worried I would reskein it and soak the skein in cool water and lay flat to dry but I doubt that's necessary.
posted by sockermom at 5:50 PM on January 12, 2018 [3 favorites]

I'd be more worried about staining than premature felting.
posted by praemunire at 9:04 PM on January 12, 2018

That is my very favorite knitting pattern!!
You are going to be fine.
posted by SLC Mom at 10:11 PM on January 12, 2018

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