You'll have to hop on over to the Lark Crafts site and check out today's post on some super cute Mason Jar cozies I made for their month long felt party!
Here's another quick project a whipped up to help celebrate their felt month. A Mug Rug! What great gifts these make!
Here's what you do:
Gather a few skeins of leftover 100% wool and knitting needles to match. Cast on about 45 stitches and just start knitting. Change colors now and then to stripe your piece, but don't think too much. Cast off when the piece measure about 13 x 9 inches (This will vary depending on your yarn and how big you want your mug rug to be). Do not take the time to weave the ends in, but do trim them down to about 4 inches. After the piece is felted, the ends can be snipped off.
Toss the knitted panel into a lingerie bag and then into the washer. Set the washer on HOT water and add a little laundry detergent and start the washer.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and run and check the felting as soon as the time goes off.
Be careful to not over felt the piece. There's a point of no return, when the piece could get super stiff and bulky. If more felting is needed, toss the piece back in the washer and continue washing, again for just 10 minutes at a time. Wash the panel until it measure about 6 x 10 inches.
Rinse the panel with cool water to get rid of the soap, and stretch or block the piece to the size and shape you desire. Dry on towels ... for what will seem like forever ... maybe a few days! Or, to speed up this process ... roll the mug rug in a towel and squeeze the heck out of it.
Bind the outer edge with a raw-edge binding in a bright patterned fabric.
Embellish with a few scrappy hearts and words.
ENJOY your coffee and whatever else you want ...
There's plenty of room for a slice of apple or blueberry scone!