Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Get felted!

More felting projects, inspired by the November theme at Romancing the Yarn.
The Sophie bag, from MagKnits. I used just under 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon, color #92. I had used part of one of those skeins to finish the Big Booga Bag I made earlier, and was starting to be concerned that I wouldn't be able to finish Sophie. In fact, I had less than a yard of yarn left at the end.

Second pair of felted clogs: This one is made with Elann's Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, in Peridot & Nutmeg Heather.

Things I am learning: It is a bit of a challenge to get 2 items to felt down and look identical. They do need to be checked every 5 minutes while felting, even if you know they're going to need more than just another 5 minutes, because they might get smooshed or folded in some awkward position, and that crink might start to get felted into the slippers, but if I'd checked them earlier, I might have avoided that.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I have been watching the squirrels run across the yard with walnuts in their mouths, storing them away for the winter. Meanwhile, I have been some kind of nut, squirreling away yarn for the winter. I got 3 packages yesterday, and when I was in the post office picking them up, one of the girls my daughter used to play softball with said, "Wow, I guess you haven't been here in awhile, either." The postmistress chuckled, and I said, "No, this happens more often than I should admit."

I have started some Christmas knitting (ok, I know that time is getting short). I made a pair of felted slippers from the Fiber Trends Felt Clogs pattern. My daughter & her roommate at college have each asked for a pair, and that's one of the packages of yarn I got yesterday. Another was 2 skeins of Noro Transitions I found on sale at Yarnware.com, and the 3rd was a skein of Socks That Rock in Rocktober. This is in addition to 3 skeins of sock yarn I got the other day from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe, and a Camellia Scarf kit from Morehouse Farm.

I hadn't made the felt clogs before, and I was able to use some stash yarn for those (yay!). They are a women's small, and should fit ... one of my nieces? I hope.
The inner sole is the first part, then the instep, which is done a bit like turning a heel on a sock, with some additional shaping, then the cuff. Then you sew the bottom center seam, make the outer sole, and attach it. I made each of these slippers in about a day, then felted them last night. The yarn is Classic Elite Tapestry, another discontinued yarn I dug out of my stash.

The picture makes the finished clogs look like they're different sizes, but they're not -- just poor photo styling!