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Consuelo
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Posted - 12/29/2009 :  10:36:28 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A group of us are thinking of starting a KAL for these slippers. Are you interested? It's a fun project and relatively quick! And they are amazingly comfortable. Once you get a pair of these, you'll never again buy slippers!

WARNING: this pattern is addictive, proceed with caution!!

If you are not familiar the pattern, here's a link:
http://fibertrends.com/product/149443/AC33/_/AC33_Felt_Clogs__%28new_version%29

It can be downloaded right from the website.

Consuelo
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knitz2
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Posted - 12/30/2009 :  07:00:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
you're sure right about them being comfortable; I wore my first pair two winters before the soles wore out and am on my second pair this winter. have a pair started for my sister but set them aside to work on a couple other projects. need to get back to them so she won't have cold feet.

I think these are a much better choice for people in cold climates that the currently popular French Press ones cause these keep the top of the foot warm too.

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anderknit
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Posted - 12/30/2009 :  1:56:26 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am just about to finish my first pair. Before I finished the first one I thought I wouldn't ever get to the second one, because I thought it was so fiddly. But when I finished, I realized how quickly it had gone. Now I've done the second one in a matter of days (and I only knit at night after dinner/kids/dog stuff is over), and I can see how people would just keep going and going.



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KathyR
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Posted - 12/30/2009 :  4:03:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made two pairs of French Press slippers for Christmas presents (yes, it is summer here but they were relatively quick and easy) and the recipients are very pleased with them. They took ages to felt, though, even though I have a top loader machine.

I also made a pair of FT clogs for my DIL and started a pair for my DS. When his are finished I'll throw them both in the machine and felt them together - in two separate pillowcases. I am a bit worried about the fit, though. My DIL's feet are large - size 12, while my DS's are small - men's size 7. I made his pair using the women's medium size and her's using the women's large but widening the foot a little. If they don't fit, they may fit the other DIL (whose slippers I haven't started, yet!) and I'll make another pair but use the men's size.

Like anderknit, I found the top a bit fiddly when the number of stitches started reducing. I went down to a 16" needle but the length of the tip (I'm using Knitpicks) made it a little difficult to manage. I wish Knitpicks (Knitpro for me) made the smaller length tip in the larger sizes as that could make all the difference.

KathyR

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Consuelo
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Posted - 12/30/2009 :  10:26:00 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KathyR, you did the right thing knitting your DIL's slippers extra wide. When you felt them you can stretch them and you should still have enough width. By stretching I mean this: grab the toe with one hand and the heel with the other and pull a medium amount. Measure and repeat if needed. Each size is about 1/4" so you don't have to tug too much.

A woman's size 12 should be 11 1/4" and a man's 7 should be 9 1/2". This is the measurement of the INSIDE of the slipper.

Have fun.

Consuelo
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KathyR
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Posted - 01/01/2010 :  3:23:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that, Consuelo. I'll let you know how I get along when I finally get the second of my DS's clogs finished and them both in the machine and felted. Shouldn't be too long once they all go home and leave me in peace!

KathyR

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Consuelo
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2010 :  4:02:51 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm sad to say that there was no interest in a KAL for this wonderful pattern. The subject is hereby closed but I'm willing to re-open anytime there is interest.

Consuelo
"Travel is fatal to prejudice" Mark Twain
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lacylaine
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USA
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Posted - 01/14/2010 :  9:15:32 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The timing might be a bit off. I just finished my second pair right after Christmas and plan to felt at least one pair this weekend. If my daughter can come and visit, I'll felt hers as well.

I have to admit, I'm pretty nervous about this felting business. I hope I knit loosely enough for the fibers to have room to agitate and then felt. Did I put that right?

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

FO 2009: small market/shower bag; gray watch cap; magic square potholder; five dish cloths, including two new patterns; Hedgerow Mitts!




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Consuelo
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Posted - 01/17/2010 :  6:24:27 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Lacylaine. Sorry I had not responded to your post. Somehow it did not show up as a new post, the little purple indicator wasn't there.

In any case, how did the felting go this weekend? I'm sure it was fine, it's really hard to mess these up! You had it right: the fibers should be loose enough to felt when agitated. You can hardly make them too tight if you used a size 13. The designer thought about that and made it easy for us!

Let me know how they look!

Consuelo
"Perfect is the enemy of good"
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lacylaine
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USA
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  8:23:31 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
They turned out great! I was really proud of myself and my kids love their new slippers! I might even make these again sometime.

Thanks for asking, Consuelo.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

FO 2009: small market/shower bag; gray watch cap; magic square potholder; five dish cloths, including two new patterns; Hedgerow Mitts! 2010: two pair felted clogs




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