I just got back from working in Orkney - and you wool enthusiasts should make your way there as there's so much great locally-produced wool to spend your money on. I got some great wool for my first felted clogs. They were HUGE when I'd finished them...but taking advice from a fellow knitter on menwhoknit and consulting knitty.com's guidelines for felting by hand, I spent an hour last Saturday with a bucket of boiling water and a potato masher (!) and two very suspicious-looking cats.
Well, after an hour, they were the same size, so Ic hucked them in the machine on a short wash...then a longer wash...then on a long, long boil wash...
So much for eco friendly hand felting! They are, at last, nearly human foot size - and the cats are sleeping on them!
I think a size down on the pattern might be a good idea next time!
Happy knitting all - and get to the Orkneys!