I have drunk the koolaid - so to speak. While her majesty Stephanie tempted all with her exploits, I just had to join the fray. Let's pause and lift a mug of mulled wine to Melynda and this pattern for a life time.
Thought #1 - gotta love a designer who encourages using coupons and sales to pad the knitting stash
Thought #2 - gotta love Melynda for admitting to purchasing her yarn at Michael's - where felting Paton's yarn is plentiful
Thought #3 - gotta love a quick to knit brilliant pattern
Thought #4 - gotta love a pattern that, owing to the final felt process, allows for sewing mishaps
Thought #5 - gotta love Melynda for admitting that stitching up holes during felting is perfectly acceptable
Thought #6 - gotta love Melynda for writing a well detailed pattern filled with tips, hints and guidelines for success
Here is my first attempt in mid-sewing process. Time line? Everyone wants the time line. I actually did check the clock and am pleased to report the following:
- 7:45 print pattern and look for left over wool in the stash
- 8:00 prepare coffee
- 8:05 cast on
- 8:15 start cooking red beans even though it is not Monday; keep knitting
- 8:30 pause knitting to prevent boil over
- 8:31 - 9:00 knit and stir, knit and stir - do not confuse utensils
- 9:00 pause resulting from coffee consumption; refill mug with more coffee
- 9:10 play with bird; prep apple for bird; stir beans; read pattern
- 9:30 welcome house cleaners who make it easy to spend the day knitting
- 9:35ish get back to knitting
- 10:48 Finé! As in done. No more knitting
- 10:49 Read pattern looking for more to knit. Flip through printed pages. Go back to Ravelry purchase and wonder what went wrong.
- 10:55 Gloat. Admit that less than three hours of interrupted knitting can produce everything required for felted slippers. Celebrate with another mug of coffee
- 11:00 - 1:30 Get all spiffy, put on skirt, sweater and big girl shoes; head out to holiday luncheon; celebrate
- 1:35 Return home and gloat again; start sewing
- 2:00 Forget all about nice seams and just get the sewing over with! Hide the ends; weave; stare in amazement
- 2:10 Play with dog; rub dog belly; love the dog
- 2:20 Start felting
- 2:40 Give up on the washing machine and do the final felting to fit by hand.
- 3:00 Gloat; gloat more than at 10:45; stare in amazement.
Forget that! Hunt up fancy rack that goes in dryer and put that machine on high for 80 minutes to speed up the drying! What is a little gas and electricity in the grand scheme of new felted slippers? I want them totally dry by the morning.
Needless to say, much of the evening has been spent in the button stash looking for the ideal match.
PS - that cotton string on the insole of the right slipper is to remind me that it is the right slipper - not the left slipper.