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jenknits2
« on: October 21, 2006 08:49:00 AM »

The pattern is finally available!  Yea!  I saw this a couple weeks ago and am so wanting these slippers!  Now that I'm looking at the pattern I'm thinking there's some fiddly things I may need help working through with a buddy or two.  Anyone want to KAL with me?
Here's where to find the pattern: http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-029


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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2006 10:56:25 AM »

those are fantastic... but $7 for the pattern.... I'll bet that's US dollars, too, right?  That's a lot...

The beads are neat, but I don't think I'd do them.  Plain Jane sounds fine to me. 

I've wisted.... maybe someday...
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2006 11:16:26 AM »

those are fantastic... but $7 for the pattern.... I'll bet that's US dollars, too, right?  That's a lot...
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That's what I thought- for a garment I wouldn't mind paying that much but for slippers it seems a little steep.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2006 12:02:55 PM »

those are fantastic... but $7 for the pattern.... I'll bet that's US dollars, too, right?  That's a lot...
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That's what I thought- for a garment I wouldn't mind paying that much but for slippers it seems a little steep.

i agree.....they're really cute, but i'd rather buy yarn for $7 than one single pattern Wink

and btw purposefulinsanity, ICON LOVE!  <3  rarrrrr
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2006 01:37:34 PM »

those are fantastic... but $7 for the pattern.... I'll bet that's US dollars, too, right?  That's a lot...
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That's what I thought- for a garment I wouldn't mind paying that much but for slippers it seems a little steep.

I got the pattern, and you don't just get a pattern for one slipper,  you get knitting instructions and instructions the beading and shibori techniques.
I will be making probably 3 pairs of these for the holidaze and the pattern will more than pay for itself with the first pair.
 
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2006 01:41:31 PM »

Those are really cool....I'm still brainstorming about X-mas presents but those might work for some of my family. Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2006 09:21:46 AM »

I just got it because i haven't been able to think of ANYTHING for gifts for some of the members of my family, and these will work perfectly.. soI'm in!
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2006 11:43:54 AM »

I looked again at the Lopi in my stash.... a chocolate brown and a turquoise blue that I had forgotten about.  I think it really does want to be felted slippers of some kind... I think I'll wait and see how you folks find the pattern and your own end products before I jump in on this, though.  I'm nervous... if it doesn't work out right, you can't unfelt and rip out!  And beign 4-6 hours from even a small yarn store... I get nervous about using my good bits of yarn that I do have... go on, folks, give me the encouragement I need to make this happen... post pics!!! :-)
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2006 12:03:51 PM »

I wisted this pattern too. Are the directions well written? I hate buying a pattern and then not being able to follow it. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2006 12:17:33 PM »

i love the pattern and they could rock my cold feet but i agree with yarnhag. it is mucho money for only the pattern. i could buy LOTS of yarn with that money.. but again, maybe someday if i ever sell a crafty item or two, i will definetely jump on the bandwagon. they are too cool! can't wait to see pics!
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2006 10:08:39 PM »

I bought the pattern and plan to make a pair for my mom for Christmas and eventually a pair for myself.
I think I'm going to use Knitpicks wool of the andes in amethyst heather, chambray, and hyacinth.
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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2006 10:28:55 AM »

oh by the way.. if i ever get around to buy the pattern, is it possible to do the shibori felting with a front load machine? i read alot of felting tutorials and all of them are suggesting the top loads they seem to use in u.s. i assume that gives you more agitation... i woudl hate it if i buy the pattern and got no use for it.
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2006 12:25:59 PM »

tinybits, I have a front-loader, too.  I just made a couple of felted bowls last week that worked out alright.  I did end up putting them through twice, though.  And I put them through with a medium-sized load of laundry for agitation.  I put them though with a couple little squirts of dish soap.  I think a top-loader would probably work faster.  I believe there's a thread around here somewhere about just this issue...

aha!   here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5874.0
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2006 01:04:26 PM »

I'm on my way now to go buy some Cascade 220 so I can get started on my pair.  I know.  Boring choice.  But I know Cascade 220 won't be itchy so that's my plan and I'm sticking to it.  I'll post pics of the colors I choose over at www.curiouslycleverclogs.blogspot.com later.  Might be a lot later since from now until almost bedtime the kiddos have stuff for which I gotta play taxi mom.
Knit on!
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2006 10:51:07 PM »

on payday i am buying this pattern and some lion brand wool
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2006 12:06:21 PM »

thanx yarnhag! that link is so helpful!
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2006 07:00:37 PM »

can anyone tell me what size needles this takes I want to make sure I have my full shopping list tomorrow when I go to buy the supplies and then I can come home, buy the pattern and start knitting
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2006 10:39:47 PM »

I'm knitting mine with a double strand of Cascade 220 on size 13 needles.  Be sure you pick up a tiny crochet hook that will fit through the hole in your beads since the beads are added as you knit. 
I love all the extra instructions for the methods used in the pattern that are included in this pattern.  It will be a great resource. 

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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2006 10:45:47 PM »

I'm knitting mine with a double strand of Cascade 220 on size 13 needles.  Be sure you pick up a tiny crochet hook that will fit through the hole in your beads since the beads are added as you knit. 
I love all the extra instructions for the methods used in the pattern that are included in this pattern.  It will be a great resource. 

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Circs, DPN's or Straights? I have my Denise Knitting set so I'm all set with Circs and Straights but I dont have any dpns besides size 8
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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2006 07:53:47 AM »

I'm using a 16" Clover bamboo circular needle but straights would work.  I think DPN's might be a tiny bit short.  You WILL need the DPN's for the attached I-cord that happens at the very end of the pattern.
Hope that helps.
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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2006 07:17:17 AM »

I'm using a 16" Clover bamboo circular needle but straights would work.  I think DPN's might be a tiny bit short.  You WILL need the DPN's for the attached I-cord that happens at the very end of the pattern.
Hope that helps.
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OK so I'm good on circs or straights whichever...should i invest in size 13 dpns or am i probably good with the 8's? Sorry for all the questions!  Embarrassed
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2006 07:58:00 AM »

Not sure what you mean by 8's but I suppose you could make I-cord with a shorter circular needle.  Kind of a pain but possible since it does have two points.  I would probably get the size 13 DPN's or use 15's or 11's in DPN for the I-cord if that's what you have.  Most of the felted knits patterns I've seen call for size 13's so you'll probably use them again sometime if you do any other felted knits.  I just got some cheap Lion Brand ones at the craft store.  They're plastic and actually kinda pretty.
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2006 08:45:28 PM »

I haven't yet been added to the kal on blogspot, so I'll post my in progress photos here.

the colors are knitpicks wool of the andes in amethyst heather, chambray, and hyacinth.  I'm using glass beads I bought at michael's.







these have been going so quickly.  I'm confident that I'll have them done by Christmas.
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« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2006 10:52:31 AM »

Hi All!

Edited 11-29-06: There are pictures of the finished clogs on my blog (Apparently, I haven't posted enough at Craftster to be allowed to put pictures up. Funny, seems like I used to be able to.) Anyhoo, I'm adding a full blog entry on them later today at http://indigomuse.blogspot.com .

I finished my first pair on Friday and immediately cast on and have nearly completed another pair in just two days. I'm making these for Christmas gifts for my family. I promise to post pictures here and on my blog once I don't have my testosterone trio running around in the next day or so.

A few comments (these are purely my observations and my opinion and I understand that not everyone will have the same experience):

* IMHO, this pattern has a high fidget factor. I've been knitting for 20 plus years and have knit lace, fair isle, cables, etc. so I'm okay with fidgety patterns. That being said, the pattern is definitely worth fidgeting through.
* You fly through the sections of the main slipper body and inner sole. Where it gets fidgety is when you begin to attach the outer sole to the main slipper body.
* I had a hard time envisioning how this pattern was constructed. There is a fair amount of written detail about it but I'm a very visual person and could not for the life of me figure out how the outer sole was attached to the main body (even though there are pictures of this too). After knitting the first slipper, I finally figured it out. I'll post some progress pictures so those of you who are visual people like me can see what I'm talking about. Needless to say, my first slipper is a lot more "special" than the second one. Unless I point out the issues though, you can't tell that its kinda twisted and wonky because felting concealed a number of the issues.
* I knit mine with a single strand of worsted weight yarn vs. the double strand that is recommended. Mostly because I didn't want to waste a ton of yarn on the first pair just in case they didn't turn out so good. I personally tend not to like hot feet and even single stranded, these babies are plenty warm and comfy. The sole is still nice and squishy and they're quite sturdy. I also didn't add the beads because I plan to needle felt designs on the tops of the slippers (though the beading is a very clever technique I plan to use on future clogs).
* I'd highly recommend that you knit a test slipper first (or don't be afraid to frog) to get the hang of the ktch and ptch. It makes so much more sense to me now that I'm working on the second pair and I wish that I'd frogged the first slipper instead of plodding ahead.
* You can adjust the finished size by pulling them out of the wash sooner. After the first 10 minutes of felting, I could have easily blocked the clogs to fit my husband who wears a size 9.
* Use a row counter! There are several places where you go back and repeat certain rows and without a row counter, it can get very confusing.
* I would guess that you could get child sized clogs by knitting with DK weight yarn and using the same instructions for the regular clogs. I'm not sure that I'd try to adjust the pattern otherwise. Anyone else with the pattern have any suggestions?

Trust the process and the pattern instructions. They are very well written and won't steer you wrong. The finished result is worth it! Best of luck!


PS. I've been writing up a couple of patterns myself and can completely understand why this pattern is $7. Sure you can buy a lot of yarn with $7 but you won't find a free pattern online that can compare to this one.

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Melliska
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2006 07:11:44 PM »

How do you block these?
I would like to make these for my husband, without him knowing.
Thanks!
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