They felted after all.
Thanks for all the great suggestions. Many feltings later, they are cute as a pumpkin. I do love the color. Don't know if I would think of repeating this experience, but at least I feel like they came out okay. Just working on some socks currently. An Opal yarn with oranges and blacks and whites. Nothing fancy. Superwash. :) I have quite the sock yarn stash since Stitches and feel like knitting away on simple socks. I also have a great yarn from my friend Diane and they will be socks as well. Soothing sock knitting. That's the plan. Please leave me your email or blog so I can thank you for your comment.