While I did not buy any yarn at Rhinebeck, I did get myself two little treats. One was the blanket I told you about back in October (and which I continue to adore). The other was a purse from Julia Hilbrandt. I love it, it is just the right size and totally my style. It’s gotten tons of compliments, and it goes with more or less everything I own. It’s perfect, and it’s driving me mad.
The bag is made of industrial felt with leather handles. After about a two weeks of carrying it, it started to get a few pills. After about two months of carrying it, it’s so pilly I’m just about ready to throw it out. I’m really rather disappointed. I expect my purses, especially ones in that price range, to last more than two months.
So before I have to say goodbye (which I really really don’t want to do…it’s an awesome bag…except for the blasted pills), I thought I’d try some sort of de-pilling device. But I’ve never used one, so before I go and buy one, I thought I’d see if you guys had any suggestions.
I’m currently considering the Gleener, the Lilly Brush (I don’t know if the felt is all wool or has some man-made fibers, and this one says only for natural fibers), or the Sweater Stone. But I’m totally open to suggestions if you have a favorite. Have any of you ever rescued a bag (or a sweater, or a blanket, or any other bit of wooly goodness) from the dreaded fuzzballs? Any word of wisdom (or maybe some stories of triumph…I really want this to work)? Or am I just getting my hopes up when this is really doomed to failure?