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:
- 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.
- Let this scarf hide in shame for several years.
- Frog this scarf in an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new frogging party.
- Eventually decide that this yarn shall become slippers; pick a pattern and get started many months later.
- 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.
- Frog again, and pick a new pattern, and then when you decide you don't want to do any seams, another new pattern.
- Finally get started!
- Misunderstand the instep instructions. Rip that part out and try again.
- Realize you are not continuing the twisted stitches up into the instep. Rip that part out and try again.
- Get the instep wrong again for no discernible reason, at least seven more times.
- Get mad and rip everything out. Start again.
- More mistakes! Put the naughty slipper aside and just cast on for the second one.
- More mistakes. Finally, finally, finally, make it all the way up the cuff.
- 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.
- 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.