A friend told me about a really fun slipper pattern. The pattern is called Duffers, and it consists of 19 simple rows per slipper. I used almost one skein of Lamb’s Pride Bulky to make them.
This was an opportunity to improve my felting skills.
So here are the slippers right after I finished knitting them, and before I sewed the seams. They are simple simple. You sew down the back of the heel and then down the bottom.
After I sewed them up, they looked like this.
So recently I blogged about the “heart-felt” rings I knitted and felted. I’d learned from Tiny Owl Knits that I should wring my object out a little and not have it soaking wet. She also suggested being a little more gentle and not trying to beat up the poor knitted object (my words).
Put that advice with the addition of these:
My sister put me onto this. These are heavy duty gloves and they serve a dual purpose. First, I can withstand putting the slipper under very hot water without scalding my hands. Second, because they are a little textured, they provide additional friction when I am felting.
So I put the slipper under very hot water and added just a little dishwashing soap. Then I squeezed out as much water as I could and did my glove agitating. I did shock it with cold water one time. I rinsed it under cold water, and then put it under hot again. (The “shocking” did seem to speed up the felting a little.) I squeezed as much water out as I could and continued agitating.
It took me about 10 minutes per slipper.
Here is one post felting and the other is pre felted.
The Lamb’s Pride has a little mohair in it, so they are a little bit fuzzy.
Here they are after I finished felting them.
I had not taken a picture which included Davey’s little feet in a while. Fortunately, this is a photograph and not a video as he was not thrilled to be in the picture. He cooperated though (barely), and we got it done fast!
I think I could have felted them even abit more, but I felted them to a good fit around my big ole feet. I wouldn’t mind making one more pair, and I’d felt them even more. I like that real felted finished look. I’m not sure I accomplished that. However, my felting skills are getting much better!