Finished Felted Slippers

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
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Felted Slippers

Wow, this took a long time to post. Now I finally have a picture, so it can finally go up!

Felted Slippers, started February 1st, 2007, finished June 12th, 2007 (but I’m not sure when the second one was felted because my mom did it)
Pattern: Knitting at Knoon Family of Slippers
Yarn: Bulky yarn from Simpson’s, now The Hudson’s Bay Company. It was given to me by The Beau’s mom, and originally belonged to one of The Beau’s grandparents.
Needles: Big ones!
Modifications: I made some mods to account for gauge, but that was just straight algebra. No other mods were needed.
Would I knit it again? I would indeed! My mom loves them and says they’re wonderfully warm. They’re a bit slippery which I would have liked to fix, but she actually likes sliding around the house. She says it’s fun. My mom is hilariously wacky.

I like this pattern because it actually stays on your feet. They’re essentially giant felted socks. I’d like to make a pair for myself, I think. They were initially meant for me to use in the lab and then ended up too small, so they went to my mom. If I made some for me, I think I would put a bunch of puffy paint on the bottom for stickiness, and perhaps some sealant to keep out moisture. No idea how I’d do that, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

In Progress Shots

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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I haven’t actually blogged about my own knitting in a while, so I thought I’d take the time to show you folks what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

This is the back of the baby jacket I was talking about a short time ago. Since I took this picture this afternoon, I’m almost up to the shoulders! Another pattern repeat and I can put it on a holder and start the fronts.

Cabled Baby Jacket

The tweed is white/grey/black, so when I showed the beau my new yarn he thought I had accidentally dropped it in some lint. It’s looking fine knit up, but next time I’ll be sure to go for colourful tweed to ensure it doesn’t have that rolled-in-the-sandpit look.

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I have knitting updates!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
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Backyard Leaves

Here is my backyard leaves scarf in progress. Pardon the colours; it was really bright. The red is actually much redder, and absolutely beautiful.

For the backyard leaves scarf, you knit two parts of the scarf separately and then seam them together, but I decided to do a provisional cast on and then pick up the stitches for the second half. The scarf is going well, and I think I’m less than a pattern repeat away from casting off and being able to ditch the stitch holder.

Felted Slipper

Good news: my slippers felted this time! They’re not felted enough yet, so I’m going to wash them a few more times to get them down to size. And now that I know the slippers felt, I’m going to pick up the second one (I’m only half finished knitting it) and finish it.

A line down the denter of my slipper

One unfortunate learning experience: You can’t really see it very well here, but there is a quite prominent line down the center of these slippers (on the top and the bottom). I folded them the wrong way before throwing them in the washer and they felted extra hard along this line. I didn’t forsee this, although I should have. Hopefully you folks out there who have never felted before can benefit from my mistake! Don’t Do what Evey Don’t Does!

A Slipper Debacle!

Friday, February 9th, 2007
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Here is slipper #1, before felting.

Slippers Before

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Project Spectrum Blues

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
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Laura at affiknitty reminded me that Project Spectrum is in full swing with blues, whites and greys this (di-month? bi-month? twi-month? If every three months is a quarter, can I call two months a sixth?) sixth. Fortunately, I’m knitting some blue slippers and a grey stranded scarf so I followed the rules without even realizing. To “start off” the month (I’m always a little late), here’s my blue knits from the past, the present and the future. (No ghosts, though.)

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That’s enough of that

Sunday, February 4th, 2007
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I realized I left a mopey blog post up for the past few days without replacing it with something cheery, so here’s an update (sadly with no pictures, as I still can’t find my camera charger). This upcoming week is going to be a busy one, so there’s not much time for knit-blogging. Lots of time for knitting, though, as most of my time is spent waiting for study participants to fill out questionnaires. I’m running participants through one study for one of my profs, and then there’s my honours thesis. Fortunately, they both use equipment from the same lab which means I don’t have to go outside ever again! I got a chance to look at the eye-tracker that I’ll be using for my own experiment. It’s quite neat; everything is contained within one monitor, so you don’t even have to put on a headset or anything.

SlippersKnitting news: the lab requires you to take your outdoor shoes off when you get in, so I’m knitting myself a pair of felted slippers to keep there for the rest of the semester. I’m using the yarn that the beau’s mother gave me, which will be great to pull out tonight when his family and I watch The Super Bowl. I hear the Super Bowl is a big football thing, so maybe I’ll wear the Germany jersey I bought during the World Cup. Boy, do I love football.

I restarted my dad’s Rule 30 scarf in a double-stranded fingering weight alpaca, and it’s about a foot and a half long. It feels like I’ll never finish it, and it’s driving me crazy. It was a relief to start something different, which is why I started working with the above slippers. The pattern is nice and brainless, though, and the colours are great. I’m using a light grey for the 0s and blue, green and red stripes for the 1s.

As well as the sweater I mentioned previously, I’ve decided to start knitting an Orangina. I’m going to use Classic Elite Provence in a beautiful emerald green. It’s going to be incredible. I’m a bit afraid of cotton, but it should be nice and breathe-y for the summer. I can’t wait!

Socktoberfest Sockspiration #12: MVB (Most Valuable Bear)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
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These are my Paddington slippers. They’re not technically a sock, but I decided to post them anyway. I find them hilarious, especially when worn with jeans. I like to pretend I’m an urban bear with glamorous friends (Sister Berenstain is such a tramp but we’re still tight) and a successful job as a stockbroker. My bearness is never an issue — not even to the most superstitious of my colleagues — and I’ve only ever been blamed once for a bear market. (In all fairness I did tell all my friends to sell Nortel, but the alleged paw prints on all their accounting documents were never successfully traced back to me.) I’m on the go all the time, and I’m never without my Sidekick. There’s too much honey to eat, and not enough time in the day to eat it in.

Paddington Slippers

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