Sheared Bliss

FO Friday
December 6, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Cosy Toes

Yarn: Odds and ends of Patons Classic Wool/Merino/Worsted (as far as I can tell, they’re the same yarn that has been renamed and given a new label design)(77208 Jade Heather, 77307 Plum Heather, 77532 Congnac Heather, 00208 Burgundy) and Lion Wool (discontinued)(123 Sage) held double.

Notes: I started these almost exactly a year ago.  They were easy enough to knit, and would have been easier if I had actually used normal quantities of the weight of yarn that the pattern calls for instead of fiddling with odds and ends held double.  I got bogged down in the seaming though and stopped halfway through sewing up the first slipper.  Silly, considering that it only took me one afternoon to finish when I finally pulled them out again this year.  The verdict?  The construction is interesting, but I don’t love them.  They felted up sort of short and wide – a little too hobbit-foot-like for my taste.  Oh well.  They’re done now and they’ll do for keeping my feet warm.


WIP Wednesday
October 2, 2013, 8:00 am
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Hey, remember these?

Which, way back in January, I kept insisting were not a scarf.  Well, warmer weather came faster than my motivation for seaming them and I never got around to finishing them.  I found my motivation again on our cold kitchen floor during these chilly fall mornings we’ve been having recently and finally finished the seaming.

Now for felting, which is always an adventure in my front loading washing machine.

Things I never thought I’d say . . .
March 3, 2010, 11:46 pm
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CodeMonkey: Do you want to watch another episode of Lost?

Me: Why not?  I’m just going to be sitting here shaving my slippers.

For the record, the slippers are very warm and comfy and now look much less like dead Muppets.

Photo Finish
February 28, 2010, 11:48 pm
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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!