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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Slippersocks


My other holiday-vacation-knitting project was a pair of slippers for myself. A quick and easy knit with a pretty end result, right? This is true, in theory. By the time I was on to the second slipper (which was actually the third slipper I attempted), it was indeed quick and easy and pretty and took only a few hours of work. But, just for my own amusement/torture, I'll list out all the steps that finally led up to these slippers existing:

  1. Crochet a scarf with yarn that turns out to be too scratchy to wear on your neck, and using a pattern that you don't quite understand, so that the scarf turns out odd.
  2. Let this scarf hide in shame for several years.
  3. Frog this scarf in an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new frogging party.
  4. Eventually decide that this yarn shall become slippers; pick a pattern and get started many months later.
  5. Reconsider the wisdom of attempting to felt when you've never felted anything before and don't have access to your own washing machine that you can babysit during the felting process.
  6. Frog again, and pick a new pattern, and then when you decide you don't want to do any seams,  another new pattern.
  7. Finally get started!
  8. Misunderstand the instep instructions. Rip that part out and try again.
  9. Realize you are not continuing the twisted stitches up into the instep. Rip that part out and try again.
  10. Get the instep wrong again for no discernible reason, at least seven more times.
  11. Get mad and rip everything out. Start again.
  12. More mistakes! Put the naughty slipper aside and just cast on for the second one.
  13. More mistakes. Finally, finally, finally, make it all the way up the cuff.
  14. Cast on for the second (third) slipper and complete it easily, now that you've memorized the entire pattern from doing each part at least five times.
  15. Triumphantly wear the slippers every day for the rest of your life.
Now that I'm finally on Step 15, I do really like these slippers. They are warmer and cozier than regular socks, but snugglier than regular slippers. Mine did turn out a bit too big, despite making the small size, but they're not unwearable. I would definitely like to make these again, using a less bulky yarn to get the sizing right. I think they'd make nice gifts, too. And I'm reasonably confident that I could make another pair very quickly and easily at this point.

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