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« on: December 02, 2004 11:11:34 PM »

Has anyone tried these?  My husband saw them in the book and went crazy saying he needed a pair.  I played it off that they were too complex and I couldn't knit them- knowing that it would be fun to knit them on the sly and then surprise him for Christmas. 

However, it's not going to smoothly. 

My LYS didn't have the bulky, so I went with the worsted weight.  Did a swatch to get some idea of gauge.  Came across a problem- the pattern is only for a women's meduim, which my husband is not.  So, decided that the best thing to do would be to add an inch to the width and then increase the length by 4 inches total. 

But, wow... I seem to be knitting something HUGE.  Not super wide but really really long.  This is my first felting project, so maybe I am over-reacting.  But, still! 

Anyway, I have been lurking here for a few weeks and finally have a reason to post something.  Hopefully someone out there has attempted these and can give me some pointers!

« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2004 03:50:30 AM »

As soon as I saw these, I knew I had to have them.  I'm also concerned about the sizing, though.  I wear a US women's 11, so that's definitely not a medium.  I was going to do a gauge swatch, measure the hell out of it, then felt it.  I'll then do some calculations to modify the pattern so it'll fit.  Unfortunately, I ordered my yarn before I saw the sizing (bopeep's 40% off sale!), so I'll probably have to go to my LYS for more once I get started.  Hopefully the fun fur will cover up any color variants if it's a different dye lot. 

Good luck on your pair!
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2004 06:22:39 AM »

I hope you felted your worsted weight swatch to make sure it has a similar shrink percentage before you got started.  Sometimes there is a difference.

When you knit something to felt it, it's going to seem WAYYY too long because knitting shrinks more on the vertical than the horizontal.

So assuming you felted a swatch to make sure it behaved as you desired, you should be good to go.
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2004 06:44:04 AM »

hey - be sure to check my website - www.knithappens.com -- for some corrections to these slippers. Also, you know you are knitting the sole double -- after you've knit 14" (i seem to remember -d on't have book handy at the moment), you do a turning row, and then you knit, basically, another 14" and fold the thing in half, and pick up stitches all around through both layers to connect them. So yeah, if you're knitting something that's almost 28" long you're right; it's super long. but it will get folded in half.

Let me know how the mouth part goes, and please email me with any questions on this particular project: debbie@bust.com. I'll be happy to help.
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2004 11:57:40 AM »

Those are next on my ginormous list of things to knit.  Make sure you let us know how they are coming along!  In my experience lamb's pride can shrink up quite a bit, so I wouldn't worry about them coming out huge.  I would keep taking them out of the washing machine and measuring them every so often.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2004 12:18:50 PM »

I thought they were cut but immediately dismissed them as too tough for me.  Please post a picutre.

« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2004 03:47:10 PM »

Mr Crumpet desperately wants these as well -- I even caught him this morning carrying my book around the house looking at the picture!  He's a size 13 US, so also has enormous feet -- I'm glad this thread is here!

« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2004 08:23:01 PM »

Thanks everyone! 

Yep, I did a swatch and measured it pre and post felt, so I think I am on the right track.  But, it just seemed so looooong.  Thanks Debbie for pointing out the doubling part and the instructions change part.  If I get stuck again I will definitely send you my questions! 

I promise pics as soon as I get finished (which may take a bit, as I have a few other projects going too).

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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2004 10:03:19 AM »

These slippers were the project that told me I HAD to get this book NOW. I made them as a break from Christmas projects, and I LOVE THEM. So warm and fuzzy and cute! And I already have orders for at least two other pairs (from people who tried to steal these originals).

Details: I used Araucania Nature Wool (from A.C. Moore) and fun fur, both in purple. I loved this wool - bulky, easy to work with and cheap!

Yes, they were ginormously large to begin with , but they felted fine. 15 minutes in the washing machine and they were done. They are about 11" long and 4.5" wide. I wear a size 6 shoe, and I love that they cover the entire top of my feet, with wiggle room. I have a thing for big slippers  Wink I haven't put anything on the bottoms, because I think slippers this big and fluffy should be shuffle slippers, so the less grip the better.  Grin

I hate picking up stitches, so I'm thinking next time I may do the soles in double knit (and maybe add some fun stripes or words while I'm at it?) and just do the sole all at once.  I did the non-monster version because I was intimidated by wrap and turn, but I may try them next time. Also, I think I may try a different fun fur and wool colors, because it gives it a neat textured look.

Can you tell I'm pumped about this project? Grin

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2004 10:07:52 AM »

I don't suppose you'd be wiling to tell me exactly where you live, so I can be the third person to try and steal your fabulous slippers?  The third time is a charm!

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