How did we end up here? We've lived in Northern Illinois for 23 years. Way too long for this vegetarian! Thankfully, we're only a Metra ride away from Chicago.

Monday, January 29, 2007

All felted

I loved it. My first felting project went pretty well.
Pre-felted picture:

Felted picture:

The Fiber Trends felted clog pattern is one of the quickest and easiest patterns I've knit up in my past year of knitting experience. They were a 3 movie knit and one of those movies was a foreign film. I'm a really slow knitter and a bit dyslexic reading patterns so if you're a quick knitter you could probably have these knit and felted in this time period. They're knit up on size 13 needles which seem really big after my Cardigan knitting. I picked up Patons Classic Merino Wool simply because it was the cheapest at the yarn shop I was in. I have a front loading washing machine which is great for energy efficiency but not so much for felting knitting projects. I babysat the dial on my machine for over half an hour worried it was going into the spin mode. I think a traditional machine agitates a bit more than my machine too. The cuff turned out exactly the way I wanted it while the main part looks like it needs a bit more. There are a few things I would do differently on the next pair. I would pay attention to how the colors were pooling if using a variegated color for the main part. One clog has a large area of brown right in the center and I would have liked the blues to be on this part. I would choose the plain sole vs. the "bumper" sole that I did on this pair. The "bumper" felted kind of weird and I think it would have looked alot better without this added feature. They're drying at the moment but I have a feeling I'm probably going to add some kind of "traction" to the bottom sole. I'll have to let you know what I come up with for this later in the week after I try them out on the wooden floors. Now I kind of want to knit up more pairs in different colors. Ohh maybe needle felt a big C for Chicago Bear slippers.


Blogger Heather said...

Some folks really like to use puffy paint to draw weird designs on the bottoms to help with the traction issue. It's worth a shot, you can write stupid things on there, and it doesn't get much cheaper than puffy paint. :-)

The clogs look really nice!

8:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do I get my pair?


5:29 PM


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