I thought I’d make an exception to my summer hours policy and post this weekend because – I’m knitting again! And with a vengeance..
First up: the Felted Clogs (pattern by Bev Galeskas) for JJ. The knitting is finished but felting is as yet unaccomplished. I’m a bit worried about the size…
… but hope that the felting will work its magic. After some initial setbacks, I was so jealous of JJ happy about the pattern that I decided to make a pair for myself as well.
I went into the shop and picked up this Lamb’s Pride Bulky for my own Felted Clogs:
I also spied some new Handmaiden Lace Silk but left the shop with head held high, saying “I don’t need any more Lace Silk”. However, I made it approximately one-half block before I went back in and bought this:
Haley’s comment upon my re-entry was “Well, that was quick!”. But I will note that I showed great forbearance indeed – I only bought one of the three skeins in this fantastic colourway. I don’t know what it’s called, but I’m calling it “Cool Aqua”.
(And yes, I know that I said recently I wasn’t buying any more laceweight. Oh well.)
But where was I?! Oh, yes. I also discovered a brilliant use for those carry bags they’re selling at the liquor stores in lieu of giving you plastic bags:
You know the bags? (Maybe those of you who live in a part of the world where liquor sales are not government controlled don’t… sigh) Well, check this out!
(And if any knitters living outside Ontario want these, they cost $1.99 and I’d be glad to post you one for that price plus postage!!)
Before I started work on my own clogs, I decided to try to assuage my guilt about letting JJ’s last pair of slippers get into the poor pathetic state that they had…
So, I decided to try to re-felt them. The holes were clearly way too big to mend with yarn and needle, so I managed to find a crochet hook…
… and attempted with my lame@$$ crochet technique to mend them. Here is the result, pre-felting:
I’ll let you know how it comes out. And, if it actually works, I’ll splash out for some suede slipper bottoms, which clearly I should have done in the first place.
Anyway, I’ve already finished one of my own Felted Clogs – but I’m still worried:
I’m off to the laundromat later today to try to felt these things (my building only has huge front-loading washing machines at $2.00 per wash… and Amy kindly advised that it took her eight or so rounds in her washer to shrink these puppies down! The laundromat only charges $1.10 a load and have better options on the washers. I must really talk to my landlord about providing adequate machines for felting… sigh.)
But I’m of half a mind, actually, to leave JJs slippers as is and make some nice tricorn hats instead:
Could we start a new fashion trend?!