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Felt Water Bottle Holder by MuseSusan Felt Water Bottle Holder by MuseSusan
At the end of August, I worked for a few weeks at the amusement park near my house. Since it was going to be so hot, I was looking for a good way to carry a large water bottle with me wherever I went, and finally got the idea to knit and felt my own water bottle holder. So I experimented with sizing and yarns until I came up with a good pattern for the yarn I was using and the shape of the water bottle, and over the course of a few days I made this. As always with felting, it's a bit terrifying at first, because you make some enormous monstrosity and you can't believe it will ever shrink down to the size you want. But you throw it in the washing machine and it finally starts to shrink, and then you're terrified that it will become too small! But fortunately my experiments paid off, because after a few washings this thing turned out to be just the right size to fit snugly around the water bottle, and the strap (which shrunk to less than half its original length) is just right. So my creation served me very well for the whole time I worked at the amusement park, and will hopefully continue to come in handy!
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doggiebanana Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
i could use one of those.
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
It definitely comes in handy!
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nyankorita Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
EXACTLY what i have been meaning to make! it's cool that you felted it. that wasn't part of my plan, but now i'm curious^^ seems like it would be better at absorbing the residue around the bottle. hmmm.

so you say it shrinks to about half size? wool, obviously, but what kind of yarn?
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Hmmm…I thought I had said what kind of yarn in the description--better go add that! It's Lion Wool (NOT Wool-Ease, which is machine washable), although the first attempt was done with Patons Classic Wool, which felts about the same. (Obviously, you should always do a swatch first, since you never can tell, and besides, it shrinks differently in length than in height.) Lion Wool has (in my opinion) some nicer, brighter color combinations. I was a bit concerned about the white, since bleached wool sometimes doesn't felt well, but I tried a swatch in both colors and it was perfect.

When I started planning this, felting it was central to the plan. It's a pretty big bottle, and quite heavy when it's full, so I wanted something that would fit very snugly around it and not stretch (and allow it to fall out). Knitted fabric is pretty stretchy, unless it's felted. Plus, wool is very absorbent as well as a good insulator, especially felted wool, so I knew it would keep the outside of the bottle dry and the contents cool. (Best of all, I didn't have to size it perfectly, since I could just keep washing until it shrunk to the right size.)
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nyankorita Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
thank you so much for all the info! it's all about the swatches, of course!

i have some cotton yarn that is very non-stretchy (i used it for my "camera case"), so that's what i was going to use, and actually try crocheting it (and that idea came from woozalia). i have to use it up somehow anyway... i still really like this felting idea though, and you are using very good logic with your choice ^_^

i would imagine the holder itself is a bit on the heavy side after all that yarn being felted, not too bad though eh?
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
It's actually pretty light--negligible compared to the weight of the bottle when full, and when it's empty the whole thing is quite light. My only problem is that the strap really did shrink to less than half its original length, and now it's just too short to put the strap across the opposite shoulder so it'll stay on easily.

Now that I'm learning to crochet, I had been thinking of trying a crocheted version with cotton. It sounds like it'll be good, especially since crocheted fabric isn't stretchy. I look forward to seeing yours, however you make it!
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woozalia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
i'm waaay behind in my deviations but when i saw this one pop up in the queue, i had to take a look because of my Adventures in Water Bottle Holder creating! :)

You did a fine job there & you actually meant to felt yours as part of the plan! When i did mine, it ended up getting accidentally felted, but ended up being a Good Thing ;P


Harena of ~woozalia
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Hee hee, thanks!

Actually, the idea of felting it was central to my plans--I knew that knitted fabric has a tendency to be stretchy, and I wanted the holder to hug the bottle very snugly and firmly. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the bottle is pretty big and quite heavy when it's full, so I wanted to make sure the weight wouldn't cause the holder to stretch in the wrong places and allow it to fall out. Plus, wool is very absorbent and felting it just seems to make it MORE absorbent (as well as a good insulator) so works well for keeping the bottle dry and cold. (Plus, I didn't have to size it perfectly, since I could just keep washing it until it shrunk to the right size.)
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em12870 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
The talented lady returns! Necessity is the mother of invention =)

Hope all is well with you and yours and good to see you around :D
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
*blushes* Thanks! I've been around, just not posting much. I have a bunch of things almost ready to post, though, and lots of comments I'm behind on!
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CoyotesLaugh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
That's so amazingly awesome XD I love it!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Thanks! It was very useful in that ridiculous heat at Magic Mountain.
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CoyotesLaugh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
How hot was it in Valencia?
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
It got up to 110 one day, but I know that's nothing compared to Arizona…
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clever. :nod:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Tee hee, thanks!
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