That'll be the last. I promise.
And felting? I was sufficiently frightened by your words like "skimming the felt scat" and "the pump" that I used a regular pillowcase closed by five clothespins. We have felted shrinkage. Mucho thanks for all the felting advice.
The verdict? Still not sure what to do with it but I like it.
I especially love the edges, they swelled and rolled a little in the process. I don't like the striped piece much, not nuts about the colors. I bought the yarn in 1988, teal was somehow fresher looking then. I'm thinking maybe the big piece can be the front of a tote with a heavy fabric back. And the smaller stripey piece can be a small purse that someone else will love. Or maybe I can do something on top of the teal stripes. I think the project will hold here for a bit.....
Now that the riveting felting action has been reported, I'll mention that if you are ever in Providence, Rhode Island with a bit of cash, by all means go to A Stitch Above on Wayland Street. See all the luxurious yarn you'd want to squeeze, as well as clothes & shoes and accessories,for both knitting & for looking good). I spent almost an hour there yesterday being helped by the nicest, most patient person. Being the queen of indecision as I am, and also being totally unable to buy an affordable choice after falling in love with yarn beyond my budget, I left empty-handed. And late for my meeting. I blamed it on "the traffic" and did not mention merino.