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I’ve mentioned before that I like to take shortcuts whenever and wherever possible, especially when they save me time and/or effort, so imagine my delight when I came across yet another time-saving gem–namely, using my dehydrator to block small objects. I really shouldn’t take much credit for the idea, though, since I stumbled upon it in a moment of sheer desperation a couple of years ago. You see, I was making a pair of felted oven mitts to give as a gift, but I vastly underestimated the time it would take to knit said oven mitts. So much so that I finished them about 24 hours before I was to give them as a gift. Now, as those of you who like to make felted projects already know, it takes a reeeeaaaaalllly long time for a felted object to dry. Much, much longer than non-felted hand-knits. I would not be exaggerating if I told you that I was in a state of panic. It is, after all, rather difficult to wrap a wet gift (unless it’s a goldfish or something, in which case you can just put a bow on the tank). And that’s when it came to me–the light bulb went off, the lightning bolt struck, champagne flowed from the heavens (I wish!). I said to myself, “Self, why couldn’t you put those oven mitts in your dehydrator?” I couldn’t come up with any counterarguments, so I decided to give it a try. Since I had nothing to lose, into the dehydrator they went, and those puppies were dry by the next day. It was like magic. Eureka!

Since that auspicious day, I’ve used my dehydrator to dry many of my small hand-knits. Granted, I know the various brands have different configurations, but if you have one that looks anything like this, I would urge you to give it a try the next time you’re on a deadline.

How about you? Have you ever put wool in a dehydrator? Please share below!