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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / simple slippers *NOW WITH PATTERN* on: January 25, 2008 11:46:55 AM
so, i have graduated from long rectangles (scarves).

my grandmother used to knit these slippers for everyone - friends, family, etc. i inherited her knitting/crochet notebook with all her notes and patterns and i managed to figure out her pattern (which ended up being really simple) by comparing her notes to an actual pair she had made for me.

you make them on two needles and then sew them closed. they call for red heart yarn, double strand. i like to use the variegated red heart yarns because they knit up so prettily.

i made several pairs as gifts for x-mas:

my aunt's:

my dad's:

yes, even my dad wears them...he loves them, but they have to have "manly" colors. these, for instance, are michigan colors and quite acceptable. Cheesy

i also made a pair for my mom, but i didn't get a picture of her's. they're lovely teals and purples.


so, of course, i'm continuing to make the slippers even in the new year. so far, i've done:

my best friend:

my other grandmother:

and i'm now working on a pair for myself (finally).


here is pattern for the slippers! this is the basic pattern for a ladies slipper, about size 7/7.5. it will seem really small, but these do stretch. i figured out my grandmother's pattern in her notebook, which is far less detailed than this. and i don't have a really extensive knitting vocabulary, so i just did my best to describe everything as detailed as possible.

needles: size 9
yarn: 2 skeins red heart

you will use a double strand, meaning that you will be using both skeins at the same time. (hope that makes sense!)

cast on 41 stitches.

row 1: K15, P1, K9, P1, K15
row 2: K5, P1, knit to last six stitches, P1, K5

*row 1 and row 2 together make 1 "ridge." i don't know if that's a technical knitting term, but that was what my grandma used for her own notes.

you will knit 16 "ridges" for the heel. on row 2 of the 16th ridge, you will cast off the first 6 stitches and the last 6 stitches.  these will be your cuffs.

row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1 (that's 10 stitches total), knit 9, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
row 2: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1 (that's 8 stitches total), knit 13, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.

*again, row 1 and row 2 together make 1 "ridge." you will knit a total of 12 "ridges" for the toe.

after you have finished all 12 ridges of the toe, you will K2TOG. since there is an odd number of stitches on the needle, you will K3TOG at the end. leave a long tail (maybe 18 inches) and cut the yarn from the skein. thread one of the pieces of yarn on a darning needle and run it through the remaining stitches left on the needle, then pull it all off the needle, tug it together, and tie a knot. you will need to thread both pieces of yarn on a darn needle and sew up the slipper. not hard at all, i usually do it with the slipper inside out. this may sound confusing in words, but one you're to that step, you'll see what i mean and you'll know what to do. you'll also need to sew up the heel with yarn, too. i do use a double strand of yarn for that as well.


now, if you look at the heel section, you will see that there is a middle section of 9 stitches. that is the sole. if you need to make the sole wider or narrower for a person, add to or decrease the number of stitches in this section only. the sections on either side of the sole make the cuff and the sides of the slippers and they are pretty standard on everyone, including men with very large feet, so you shouldn't need to make adjustments unless you are knitting a pair for a baby or young child.

if you need to make the slipper bigger or shorter, add "ridges" to the heel and toe. there should always be 3 to 4 more ridges in the heel than in the toe, and i can say this accurately because my grandma has notes on slippers for kids in our family of various ages and for adults (men and women) of various sizes. in the case of very large feet, maybe 4 or 5 more heel ridges than toe ridges. you want the cuff to come up around the front of the ankle to keep you cozier!



i prefer the cardboard method of making pompoms and i'm just going to post a link to a tutorial with pictures from the internet.

link to pompom tutorial: http://www.helloknitty.com/pdfs/pompom.pdf


i hope this is helpful to you and isn't too confusing. once you get going, it really is very easy. i take these things everywhere with me and i usually knit them while watching t.v. because they are so quick and easy.

feel free to ask any questions and i'll try to help you out. i'm sure there are lots of ways to make these. i like this pattern because it was my grandma's and because it uses the two needles rather than dpn's or circular (which i've not worked with yet!).

if you knit any, be sure to post so i can see!! Grin

good luck and happy knitting!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Scarf on: September 23, 2007 03:04:28 PM
i'm so excited that i finally have a christmas scarf! i have been wanting to knit one for a while, just haven't gotten around to it.

i found this yarn about a month ago in the clearance bins at joann's for $.97 a skein! it was my deal of the day!!

this is the first time i have alternated colors when knitting and i really like how it came out...working with this fuzzy boucle made it really easy to hide the tails. i know it's not overly exciting because so many of you are so talented and are making things that are so much more complicated and beautiful, but i'm proud of it and i hope you enjoy it. Smiley

action shot:

thanks for looking!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / paisley crisscross bag...finally! on: September 20, 2007 12:46:36 PM
okay, so i've been working on this bag for awhile because at any given time i have run out of something for it...from cutting the fabric wrong and having to wait to get more to running out of fusible fleece...this is how my projects go!

so, amysewstx also made this bag, which can be found here:
(the pattern is from a magazine, the name of which i can't remember.)

i added fabric covered button to make it interesting on the outside because it just needed something and i wanted an excuse to by a button cover kit. Cheesy it has a magnetic snap closure. the inside pockets are the same fabric as the outside of the bag. i added the wooden handle because i had a set lying around and really wanted to use them on something.

this wasn't that hard to make and i would definitely make it again. i won't be using it until next spring, but at least it's ready to go! i'll make a matching wallet for it at the end of winter...to much going on right now! questions, comments, constructive critism welcome!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / crafty storage!! first time with mod podge... on: September 20, 2007 05:32:24 AM
i was recently at michael's and found unfinished wooden boxes on their clearance table for $3 each! i thought to myself, "hmm...these are a great size and shape...i need things like this to store craft crap in...how could i cover them?" so, i bought some mod podge and some scrap book paper and went on my merry way. well...the paper and i did not get along, too many bubbles...so i ripped it off. i decided to go with scraps of fabric and that worked beautifully! i the eclecticness of the scraps anyway. here is the result:

front of box and side

front of box and other side

back of box

bottom of box
i have 3 more boxes to do and i will use fabric, though i may decide to do designs with the fabric on one or two and scraps again. for the little slot where you can put a card to label the box, i think i will fuse fabric to stabilizer and embroider the words rather than write them on paper.

i had a ton of fun doing this and i can't wait to do the rest! Cheesy
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / winter holiday quilting craft-a-long on: September 11, 2007 07:38:50 PM
this craft-a-long is for all of you who have winter holiday quilting projects that you need to complete. we're here to motivate each other because those winter holidays are a comin' fast!

i'm currently working on a christmas rag quilt that i started three years ago and am determined to finish now that i have a living room for it to reside in. it's nothing fancy, but i feel i must finish it before moving on to other projects. project number two is a crazy tree skirt.

looking forward to you posting what you're working on and then posting photos when it's finished! thanks for joining us! Smiley
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / pointers for mod podging on: September 11, 2007 06:30:53 AM
hi! i found this awesome, unfinished wooden boxes at michael's or $3. they have a little thing on the front where you can slip a card in it to remind of what you put in the box. anyway...i thought, "perfect for crafty crap...must decorate one...or three...or maybe all of the ones they have left here.........."

anyway...i thought it would be neat to use scraps of paper and other cut out pictures and i've seen lots of people do that and say they used mod podge. i just want to make sure i'm doing it right. do you put down a coat of the mod podge and then put your stuff on and then coat it all in mod podge? also...there are different types: matte, shiny, etc. what type do i want?

any suggests or tips would be super appreciated. i'm looking forward to doing something new and different! Smiley
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / first handmade journal...with quilted cover on: September 10, 2007 06:33:11 PM
here it is! my first ever handmade, hand bound journal. i pieced and quilted the cover and used a variety of embroidery stitches on my machine to quilt the seams. i added some pretty purple-y beads to the pretty purple-y fabric. i used marbled and solid color paper. i made it for photojenn in the cheer-up swap. she said she likes it...yay! Grin

anyway, i had mentioned that i was making a journal in my journal cover post and someone asked me to post this when i was done with it. so, without further ado...

top view:

front view:

back view:

p.s. - photojenn's photos of this are way better than mine! she posted it in the cheer-up swap gallery.

comments welcome...especially pointers and tips on book binding! Smiley
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / journal cover on: August 29, 2007 06:37:25 PM
i realize this isn't actually made of paper, but this board is for journals and my project is a journal cover...anyway, if it doesn't belong, i apologize! i thought the journal-y people might appreciate it. Smiley

front cover:

back cover:

inside front flap:

inside back flap:

i am currently working on making (binding) an actual journal and i'm designing and quilting the cover of it before putting it together. i have gotten lots of great tips/pointers/directions for binding a journal from this board and hopefully when i'm done with it, it will be post-worthy.

thanks for looking!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / brown paisley bag with wallet on: August 29, 2007 06:33:45 PM
i needed a brown bag for winter, so i made this one. it's out of a book called Quilted Bags & Purses mary jo hiney. i bought it at joann fabrics. anyway, i added a few things, like cording a magnetic snap for the outer pocket on the back. also, the patter said to use only snap fronts on the two front pockets and then use velcro for closure, but i decided to use actual snaps. the wallet is the same wallet i made for the pink and brown hobo set i posted. the only difference is that i used snaps instead of velcro.

here is the purse and wallet together:

front of bag:

the two snap pockets are mounted onto an actual slip-in pocket (you can tell because of the cording running straight across the front of the purse). i divided this slip-in pocket into two parts with a seam so it would flop open.

back of bag:

for this slip in pocket, i added the magnetic snap.

the inside has no pockets because you put the material and batting together and quilt it. i satin stitched the seams on the inside to make them look more finished and to keep them from fraying. the inside of the purse and both slip in pockets are lined with the striped fabric.

and now for the wallet:

you are looking at a section of six credit card pockets. behind those is a pocket for money. i am holding up the zipper pocket. you can see the snap pocket lying down on the right.

you are looking at another set of six credit card pockets that also has a pocket for bills behind it. i am holding up the snap pocket and now the zippered pocket is lying down on the left.

love the wallet...it's so spacious!

questions, comments, constructive criticism, please.
thanks for looking!
elizabeth Grin
20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / picture hosting problems on: August 29, 2007 04:58:31 AM
when i try to go to my picture hosting, i get a white screen with a message that says:

8/23/07 - Craftster Picture Hosting is temporarily unavailable.

Pictures you have uploaded are viewable in the forum but you can't add new pictures right now.
Stay tuned. We hope to have this working again soon!

but i see that other people are posting pics with no problem. does anybody else have this problem or know what it's about?Huh? i have lots to post and want to get posting!!
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