Felted slippers…heaven on your feet!

2 04 2010

About two months ago I lamented to the Splintered Knitters that my slippers were in sad shape.  They were starting to fiber apart and develop holes all over. 

“Just knit new ones.”

Mandy said it, Cindy said it, and I think Denise just knit and nodded.  I didn’t want to and said so.  It was a little irrational. I’m sure they thought I was being stubborn and silly.  In a way, I’m sure I was.  Sometimes though you just can’t help how you feel!   These slippers were my first felted project and one of my first completed knitted projects in general.  It wouldn’t be hard to knit another pair, just hard to knit a replacement pair. 

The stars aligned themselves (read:  my mother slipped me some secret spending money on her last visit…THANK YOU MOM!!) and I finally realized that it was time to knit another pair. 

  

As you can see, the slippers had seen better days.   My feet had stopped saying, ahhhhhh, when I slipped into them.   There were holes all over. 

After a trip to Common Threads and a 30 minute internal debate about the color of the slippers, I headed home to cast on: Felted Clogs from Fiber Trends and Bev Galakas.  (Bev, you are a genius!).

They didn’t take long and viola! I have a brand new, little slice of heaven for your feet! 

My color debate resulted in a heathered color called brick (Cascade 220) and a four-tone called charcoal (Quatro 220).  As I knit them, I wasn’t sure if I would like the finished product, but it turns out, I love the combination.   The Quatro felted into a beautiful rich brown color.  Perfect and much more beautiful than I could have hoped for as I was knitting them. 

All in all, great yarn, great pattern, and wonderful finished product.  As usual, Mandy was right and I find myself wondering why I didn’t knit them sooner!!  If you don’t have a pair of these slippers, wait are you waiting for?  You won’t regret it.

The only question is, what do I do with me old pair?  It feels a little wrong to just throw them away….

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All is forgiven, move on.

26 01 2008

Wow, November 1st was the last time I even looked at WordPress.   There are reasons, most of them not worth the time to write out.   All is forgiven, move on!

Completed objects since last blog:

  • Gave Dad his felted slippers.  He says he wears them all the time.   I do believe him.  Gifts of the wearalbe type have been known to languish for YEARS in this man’s closet.   Never one to use a gift before its time, Dad is making me feel good about making this gift. 

Dad’s slips

  • Hats for the men in the family.   ALL OF THEM are too big.   I won’t bore you with the pictures, but here are the deets: variation of the Seaman’s Cap but for giants or least giant sized heads!   Sunshine Dad’s hat has been frogged.   He is coveting one of Mandy’s hats, but he better pray the Giants go to the superbowl in 2009, because there won’t be a Giants hat for him in 2008 (unless he can bribe/beg/plead/pay Mandy to do it!). 
  • Angelina Ballerina was completed and given to Sunshine daughter.   Her clothes are a little wacky looking and the slippers are missing, but I love Angelina and hopefully, so does SD.   I used the mouse pattern from Knit2Together and then made the clothes, tutu, and shoes myself. 
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  • Sunshine son #1’s Wallaby was completed.  It is big, the yarn is pilling and looking particularly craptastic, but he likes it and wears it.   Considering the abuse it gets, the price tag for the yarn–$7.47 for the whole sweater, one big hat, and two mittens with LOTS of yarn leftover–is perfect.  

SS#2 Wallaby

  • My cousin’s baby is due in the next month or so and the Baby Yoda sweater is complete for little Master F. to arrive.   I hope she likes it, because I LOVE it.   Is it normal to be SO enamored of ones handknits???
  • Pair of Saarjte’s are finished.   Confession, there are THREE done.  bootie #1 and #2 were not the same size.  Too many garter ridges.   Bootie #3 matches #1, so there is a matched set.  
  • The Quinn purse is finally lined.   I used an old pair of jeans and some pick striped fabric for a cell phone and pen pocket.   The handles are bamboo attached with chocolate velvet ribbon.   I love it.   The handles look a bit big, but I don’t care.   The cables came out awesome.   The lining was a witch to get in and no you can’t see the inside (does that say something).   A fellow PTAer said she like the purse, so I’ll take that as a compliment of the highest order.  
  • I made another crown for a princess birthday.   Anyone need a crown?  I LOVE making those things.   SO QUICK!!!
  • Mini sweaters for the christmas tree.   They were fun and I did each one a little different, but three was enough.   I used my sock yarn samples from Cider Moon and my sockapolooza pal.  The hangers were pipe cleaners chenille stems.  These are my kind of sweaters!!!   🙂 

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More regular posting, because really, what else have I been doing?   See ya!





Where, oh where, has my little blog gone?

24 04 2007

Who knows what happened to my blog?   Oh wait, you mean I have to write it?  What the heck?   I’m not a writer or a photographer.   What did I sign myself up for?  

Enough of the question mark hell.  

I have been knitting, knitting, knitting.  Ok, not that much really, but I have gotten a few more finished objects done. 

First up:  The striped socks.   Plain stockinette stitch using Ann Bund pattern book.   Nothing fancy and REALLY fast.   I had a great time knitting these.   They were done in a week–though I didn’t do any other knitting.  Sorry for the fuzzies.   It is Opal yarn, done on my #1’s. 

striped socks

Second was a pair of Fiber Trend Slipper Clogs.   I LOVE these things.   They are even better than I hoped they would be.   I had some design problems, but that was user error and my inability to read something and believe it would apply to me.  The yarn is Cascade 220 in Charcoal and Red (though it is really more of a varigated fushcia).   Despite the pattern errors misreading the pattern twice, they were still a quick knit.  

Pre-felting

The before shot with a book for size.  

Post Felting

The after felting shot.   Thanks to Mandy for the pattern and the inspiration in the first place. 

I knit these slips again for my mom and they are going to Syracuse today, though I think they need a little more shrinkage.  She’ll have to do that!  Her slips are knit in Cascade 220 in a navy blue and true red.  I didn’t save the bands.  

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Here is what is in the works: 

1.  Wonderful Wallaby for hubby is cruising along.   I am ready to start the sleeves.   Picture to follow soon.   For the last two nights, I have knit for 2 hours and never seemed to gain any length (I know that is not true, but it never seemed to get any longer).  I am at 15 1/2 inches and frankly, it will have to do. 

2. Socks.  I am knitting a pair of socks.   It is a combination pattern.  No picture there either.  

More posts to follow as  I play catch up on some things.