Apart from felting a hat for the hubs, I haven’t really made anything masculine. I have been making quite girly things. Interestingly, most of the felted items do seem to be for women, probably because it is women who are mostly doing the felting and making things for themselves and each other. I thought I would have a go at making a scarf for the hubs. I just happen to have a shed load of merino in natural gray. I don’t know what came over me. I had used it in a hat, but I came to a full stop as to what else I should do with it as the color didn’t really inspire me. Although I look better in gray since my hair went white, it isn’t one of my go to colors.
I laid out 2 meters of wool horizontally and then another in herringbone. I topped it all off with some silver viscose fibers. I wanted a nice long scarf that my husband could wrap around his neck and that would be smart looking. This was not an easy scarf to felt, especially on the width as it was so long. I got a very nice and sturdy felt here, which is what I wanted, and yet it is still light and soft. I probably could have gotten away with just one layer of herringbone layout, but each make is a learning experience for me at the moment. The scarf is also reversible. Here is a close up of the viscose side:
You can see the texture the viscose makes and there is also a lovely sheen to it that unfortunately the camera doesn’t always pick up. It is shiny like silk, but without the cost. I now have an idea to make some felting batts with this merino and make some Unisex neck collars like these. I will make some with and without the viscose. It’s nice to have options. 🙂