Monday, February 28, 2011

A Sweater for My Feet

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I finally finished the French Press Felted Slippers as February's project for the Pattern Pact 2011 group on flickr.

Pattern: French Press Felted Slippers by French Press Knits, Melynda Bernardi (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Cascade 220. The yarn is a beautiful red-orange and has some golden highlights.
Needles: size 15 circs

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This pattern is really well written and I had no trouble making up the slippers. also has a couple of helpful videos on youtube about seaming up the slippers. The felting was actually the hardest part. I think I needed to create more friction in the washer. I only had a pair of tennis shoes in the washer with the pillowcase containing the slippers and it took four or five cycles before they were the correct size. Next time, I'll put some clothing in there with them.

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I don't know about you but the end of February really snuck up on me. I haven't made as much progress on my projects as I would like but I will be on spring break in one week! I am so looking forward to it! Hopefully, I will have some finished projects to share.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I made my sweetie a little gift for Valentine's Day. I hope he likes it!




Pattern: from Hello My Name Is Amineko (English Version of Japanese Crochet Book, Amineko Life)
Yarn: Oasis Aussi Wool Worsted, Orange
Hook: Tulip Etimo, F 3.75 mm

In honor of the holiday, I also had to knit a couple of hearts!


I learned the figure 8 cast on, which was interesting to try. I also gave felting by hand a try and lightly felted my hearts. Next time, I'll probably try throwing them in the machine to get a more felted look.


Pattern: Little Hearts by Theresa Fox
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lanaloft Worsted
Needles: Size 8 Dpns

I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day, too!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

February Project for Pattern Pact 2011

modernjax is hosting Pattern Pact 2011 and has created a flickr group where you can post the pattern that has been hanging around in your stash that you would finally like to work on for a given month. It starts now and goes through October. I thought this would be a good way to encourage myself to work on smaller patterns that I've been meaning to try for a long time.

For February, I'll be knitting the French Press Felted Slippers in Cascade 220. I've been wanting to make these for well over a year and I am glad I to finally do it!

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I have only tried felting sweaters to use for sewing projects, so it should be interesting to try to felt something that I want to get to a certain size (my feet). If all goes well, I think some other people might be getting these for Christmas.

I am also wondering how I will handle the soles of the shoes. The pattern instructions suggest using puffy paint to add grips to the bottoms but I would like to try actually sewing a leather sole to the bottom of the slippers. I think my LYS has some slipper soles, so I will have to look at them and see if I can figure it out.

Do you have any special projects planned for February?