First, a felted box.
I was not real impressed with these the first hundred times I read the book Mason-Dixon Knitting. :) But then I thought it might make a nice gift to put some warshcloths in a felted box. I love the way that Paton's Classic Wool felts, so I decided to use it. I cast on for a small box, but it was knitting up so tiny that I frogged and cast on for the biggest one, using three strands of yarn held together. Here's the "before felting" picture:
It measured 8" x 9" x 6 inches tall.
And after felting:
It measures 7" x 7" x 4". It felted a lot less than the purses I've made! Don't the colors look cool all blended? I am unhappy with one corner, though. I don't think I tied off the corner tightly enough when I sewed the seam... Experienced felters, could I use (unfelted) yarn and re-tie it and re-felt it?
And, finally, I tried a M-D warshcloth. I fought it for awhile, because it starts with "cast on 150 stitches" and the second row has funky bobbles and then two rows later there are YO's... But I stuck with it and after the YO row, it goes very quickly and it's an easy-to-follow pattern. My brain has been so drained lately that I haven't wanted to have to follow a pattern, preferring mindless knitting. After those first rows, I was back to the mindless knitting! :)