Saturday, July 26, 2003

Photos of felted slippers & blue sock

Well it took a while but I finally felted the first two pairs of slippers. Fortunately I am pleased with how they look so I will finish the remaining 8 pairs for Christmas 2003. I'm making a total of 10 pairs instead of 9, Dee is getting a pair too. She picked out orange and red at the yarn shop which looks pretty cool and nothing I would have thought of putting together, so I really like that.

Oh, these slippers are super comfortable too. Oddly enough I never once thought about how they might FEEL on the foot, so it was a pleasant surprise to slip them on and think "Ooooooh, niiiiiiiice!" The soles are thick and comfy.

I did something wild and crazy, I took a photo of the latest blue sock before its mate is finished. Oh well, it's not like I've ever had a problem with the dreaded "second sock syndrome" so it will definitely be finished sometime soon, I'm almost to the heel on sock #2 already. I can't afford to buy yarn and then not use it.

And here's the pretty blue sock (worked on size 0 needles) from the Trekking sock yarn I bought at the sale last month:

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Tip for Fiber Trends felted clogs (slippers):

The instructions call for 600 yards doubled of Woolpak for a women's size medium. I'm using Lamb's Pride Bulky not doubled so I cut that number in half. Each skein of LPB contains 125 yards. Instructions say that approx 2/3rd of the yardage should be the sole/cuff color and the remaining 1/3rd should be the foot color. So I purchased 3 skeins of LPB (2 black, 1 green) to make one pair.

Lovely pattern, but I had a lot of the second skein of black left over. I'm making 9 pairs of these slippers for Christmas 2003 and 5 pairs will be women's size medium. If I could figure out a way to use just 2 skeins/pair for the women then I'd be saving myself a nice chunk of money.

So this is what I did on the 2nd pair (using size 13 at 3 sts/inch):

INNER sole:
Rows 1 through 5: use foot color
Rows 6 and 7: use sole/cuff color (to prevent color blips when attaching the outer sole to the inner sole)

That's it, everthing else was done following the instructions. I was able to use just 2 skeins of LPB with plenty of yarn left over to sew up the seams using the appropriate color.