Sheared Bliss

Photo Finish
February 28, 2010, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Fiber Arts, Knitting | Tags: , , ,

And she sticks the landing!

They were felted this afternoon and finished just in time for the end of the Olympics.  I’d like to dedicate my gold medal to NurseK who kindly donated the use of her non-front-loader washing machine.

Pattern: Fiber Trends Felt Clogs

Size: Women’s Large

Yarn: The soles are leftover bits of Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes in Rain (I think, the color seems to be discontinued) and Cascade 220 in . . . um . . . some light blue color that might be 7815 (I really need to be better about keeping track of ball bands).  The uppers are about half a skein of Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool that started off as either Natural or Oatmeal.  I dyed it years ago with Wilton’s Icing Colors in Delphinium Blue and vinegar to set the dye.  I had read that Wilton’s blues were notorious for splitting so I decided to let it do what it wanted to do naturally – I put just half of the skein in the dye pot for a while before submerging the whole skein.  I ended up with a variegated light turquoise and purple with some darker blue patches.  The color is a bit too My-Little-Pony-esque for my tastes which is why it’s been sitting in my stash for so long.

Modifications: I added a final knit row on the soles after the last row the pattern called for because they looked so narrow.  I’m glad I did, and if I knit these again, would probably add yet another extra row or two.

Not a bad knit, overall.  I had some problems following the pattern and kept ending up a stitch or two short.  I’m going to blame it on the fact that I was mostly knitting these while watching TV and not paying as close attention as I could have.  Since they were going to be felted I didn’t worry too much about it and just added a stitch here and there as needed to keep the count right.  I’m still not in love with the colors and they’re pretty patchwork-y because I ran out of the Wool of the Andes and had to finish the soles with the 220.  However, they were good for stash busting and I don’t really care what they look like so long as I have something warm to replace my old slippers that are full of holes.

For now, they’re drying over a vent.  When they’re dry I’m going to give them a good shave to get rid of some of the fuzzies and make them look slightly less like dead Muppets.  I may also give the soles some kind of non-skid treatment – felted slippers and wood floors can be a dangerous combination.  Then my toes will be nice and toasty!


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Amazing. Who would of thought. . . .
they do look warm and comfy.

Comment by Sandy N

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