Here is the layout of my network felted scarf with yarns. I did this on Monday. The grid pattern on the table cloth is great for working on and especially good for grids. I first laid out the horizontal lines, then added merino yarn and then kid mohair yarn, and finally the vertical lines. This did take a couple of hours. I used the whole length of the table, which is about 6 feet long. I also laid out each bit of roving piece by piece instead of in strips. I had tried strips before, but I had some issues with it the first time and this way works out really well, although it is a bit time consuming. In hindsight (and more experience) I think the problem I could have had before was because I used some old wool. I had to leave the work for a day as I had done my bi-monthly grocery shop and that completely wiped me out, so there was no felting on Tuesday. On Wednesday I checked my layout and added some extra bits of wool here and there before wetting out. I gave it a rub and then used the sander. I checked to make sure it was ok and then left it for another day. I find that when using chunkier yarns, it pays to leave it wet for a bit so the yarns can soak up the soap solution. On Thursday I looked at the piece again and did some more rubbing with the net and plastic gloves. Then came the sick-making part. Was it going to hold together? I always find this stage of making network felt terrifying as it looks so fragile. So I picked up one end and started to palm the piece. It was holding together. I did this with plastic gloves on. After doing one side, I turned it over and did the other side. Everything was stuck together and I had some nice holes with yarn going through. I squeezed out most of the water and popped the scarf in the microwave to warm it up. Then I tossed it around a few times and watched it start to shrink. I did this procedure a few times, palming, nuking, throwing. There was no rolling involved. Here it is all finished and pressed.
I love how the yarns attached themselves to the merino.
The scarf is very light and perfect for Spring. You can even pull one end through a hole (just be careful!) to keep it connected. Or, you can wear it with a brooch.