Here is my first attempt at a felted duck. I wet felted her bill and feet. I learned a lot while coming up with the pattern and will probably make her body a bit longer next time.
Here she is again, with the little felted hat I knit. I was thinking of wet-felting flowers to make it an Easter bonnet! I'd like to knit an entire duck family and put them on parade.
The duck is about 5 inches tall and the egg is about 4. Do you see how the duck's stitches are still showing??? AAACKKK! The egg is still damp, so I need to shape it a bit more before it's finished drying. I hope the shoe-button eyes arrive soon!
I have been so preoccupied with my little felted things! That's all I can think about! I have been browsing eBay (my favorite place, as you know already!) and looking hard at all the tiny, vintage Steiff animals. They are so wonderful. I am hoping to knit/felt similar-looking pieces. They are quite endearing. I love how full of character some of the smallest creatures can be! Next, I'll be working on a rabbit, a little lamb, etc.
I have to say that I was quite disappointed with my yellow Cascade 220 yarn. I used two strands (maybe I'll use just one next time) and I had to let it go through about four or five washes (in hot water, starting with prewash, no less!!!) in the washer ... it took about 2 hours or more!!! And it still didn't felt like boiled wool. So far, I have to say that Lopi (both regular and lite) is the best felting wool out there. I have heard that Universal is good and am going to buy a little (yes, just a wee little bit, honest!) to test out. It's disappointing to spend a great deal of time on designing a pattern only to have it semi-ruined by the wool! AACKK!
I am still waiting for my glass, shoe-button eyes to come in and then this little duck will be almost finished! The eBay seller I found for the eyes is terrific! Also, he has lots of other colored eyes, so when I work on the mice, I bet I can find pink! I saw some blue with pupils, just like the ones on the Steiff kitten!
I also purchased some glass glitter and I hope to add this to my roving when I'm wet felting. I would love to make a few glitter-speckled, felted disc-shapes, then stuff and sew them together for bases for things. Ah, I say, as I gleefully rub my hands together in anticipation!!!