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"The Knitted Slipper Book" - First Completed Pair of Slippers
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 17:53
Done! Completed! Finished! AND Delivered! Beautiful knitted/felted Trim Clog Slippers! My first project from the pages of "The Knitted Slipper Book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family" by Katie Startzman.
If you are at all into knitting, felting or making for people you love, you need this book!!! Christmas is months and months away, so there is plenty of time to make several pair of slippers for gift giving!!!
Enjoy the delightful trailor for "The Knitted Slipper Book" here, read more and see completed projects here on Ravelry, visit Katie's special book site here, and click here to read my original review!
Seriously, there is something for everyone here! And one aspect of the book I especially appreciate is that most every slipper can be made to fit your 6'3" husband or your pint sized toddler - and anyone in between!
And now - just a few notes to share my own journey making my first pair of slippers from Katie's fabulous book!!
Here is a peak into the box just before wrapping and giving to Diane!
Notice those beauty soles! LOVE them.
Katie offers several suggestions for creating non-skid soles, but this is the option that appealed to me - suede leather soles. Katie actually shares everything you need to know to make your own, and I was ready to do just that when I stumbled across these lovely pre-cut and punched beauties in my Knit Picks catalogue.
I ordered them immediately. That suede is oh so soft. Makes the slippers feel even more comfy. The soles are made by Fiber Trends and are available through Knit Picks. Here is a direct link.
But this is the END of the story!
This is the beginning!
I just could not help myself! I had to stuff these babies and wear them for a photo before felting. Like most felted accessories - bags for instance - the slippers are enormous once knitting is completed. So big that if you have never felted a knitted item before, you might be concerned that the slippers will be much too large.
Trust Katie! Trust the pattern!
Once felting is completed the slippers fit absolutely perfectly! AND - just so your know - there is a bit of "wiggle room" when it comes to felting to size. Katie explains in the book - felt a little less, a little more or do a bit of tugging if necessary!
I actually felted the slippers and both pair of liners in the washing machine at Diane's house so I could make her try them on while wet. To achieve a perfect fit, the outer clog and both liners required two runs through the machine - hottest water, lowest water lever, most vigorous cycle.
It just amazes me how all of Katie's decreases and increases are so perfectly placed in the pattern to deliver a beautifully shaped and well fitting pair of slipper clogs.
I used Brown Sheep Company's Lamb's Pride Worsted for the outer clog. Having had prior experience with felting this wool and mohair blend, I knew felting would result in a nice thick, dense, nearly indestructible, shape holding clog. And per Diane's request for a color that would not show dirt - I selected the dark charcoal colorway.
The liners are made using Cascade 220 Worsted Wool which not only felts nicely (snowmen experience) but also delivers a little thinner and softer felted fabric - perfect for snuggling feet!
I made two pair of liners - pink and blue! The idea being - when Diane needs to wash a pair of liners, she has another pair to slip into her clogs while the washed pair dry - which will take a couple of days. (Like any good woolen garment, liners and clogs, should be air dried on a towel; and in the case of a "3-D " item like felted slippers, per Katie it helps to insert a bit of stuffing - newspaper - while drying for shaping.)
Diane selected the embroidery motif for the top of the slippers from "Stitched Blooms" by Carina Envoldsen-Harris. So along with all the other "firsts" for me during this project, using Carina's instructions, I learned how to stitch a pattern through tissue paper! As you can clearly see, I still need practice with this technique! But it works.
There really is no other way to transfer a pattern to this heavy, hairy fabric!!!
So many, many knitters are into knitting socks these days - knitting slippers with Katie is just taking sock knitting a step further!! Not hard at all. And the process of creating a pair of slippers provides a journey of making that is richly rewarding.
Order your copy of "The Knitted Slipper Book" and join me! You will be glad you did!