Tag Archives: felting

A perfect fit

You’d think that these were molded onto my feet, the fit is so perfect.

french press modeled

Oh, wait a minute; they were! Please excuse the wrinkly sock marks on my feet; I was wearing my Shur’tugal socks with clogs, and racing for daylight. I didn’t have time for the sock marks to go away. If I had waited, you’d only get this picture:

french press

I love how these turned out. I forgot to note which was left and which was right, so I just decided. Aren’t these just the cutest things you’ve ever seen?

French Press Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Raspberry
Size 15 (!) needle
Mods: I followed katec4b’s no-sew mods (Rav link). If I were to make them again, I’d modify them further to not come up quite so high in front. And I’d knit the strap a little longer, so I wouldn’t have to worry that it felts faster than the slipper itself.

I’m teaching a Pippi Hat class tomorrow (Thursday) at Twisted. There’s still a little room. If you’re looking for a fun project, call the shop, register, and come on down!

It’s a busy knitting week. Our high school fund-raiser knitting party is at Twisted on Saturday. We’ll have a project, yarn, Lantern Moon needles, and dessert. Lots of dessert.

Happy knitting!

A little help from our friends…

Who doesn’t need a little help sometimes?

It’s crunch time at Sharon’s house. Her daughter is leaving for college this weekend, and the longtime UFO (unfinished object) needs to be finished so it can go with her! I had offered to knit the i-cord handles for her; one of them came with me on vacation, but the second had to wait for a yarn infusion, so I knit it last week when I came home. Yesterday, I felted the bag for her.

feltbag

I love how this bag turned out. Sharon is a genius with color. I wish I had taken a picture before I felted it, but yesterday was a bit crunchy here, too, between work and a meeting last night. There’s a picture of it in this previous post, unfinished; you can get an idea of how much it shrank. I opted for firm but not too tight. If Sharon would like it to be stiffer, it can go back in the washer for a bit more time. There’s a fine line there; the colors wouldn’t be quite as brilliant if it were felted down a lot more. Voice of experience; I’ve made at least four of them! I’ve lost count…

Who’s Zooming who(m)?

I just got an early birthday present. It’s a digital recorder, the Zoom H2.

My new laptop doesn’t record piano as well as my old one did, but my old one takes 10 minutes to fully boot up, and the hard drive is nearly full. I’ve been wanting a Zoom for a while (they’re highly recommended on the piano forums), and a birthday is a perfect opportunity. It will be great for recording piano for online recitals, practice feedback, and Kid2′s school concerts. Also, I sing with a group of friends; it’s guitar and mandolin and a lot of fun. We’re the Day Old Pastries, a bit crusty but fresh enough! We’re getting together this evening, and it will be instructive to know what we really sound like, since we’re playing on Sunday!

I dinked around with the Zoom last night, and it’s easy to set up, easy to use. I listened to playback, and it’s really clear. Thumbs up!

The first one is the most exciting

I sold my first pattern on Ravelry today. It’s my first pattern sale ever! I was especially pleased because it was confirmation that I set it up correctly. The pattern is for this bag:

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I love the Mason-Dixon Knitting book, and after making a ballband washcloth, I just had to take it to the next level. I needed a project to donate to the church youth fundraiser (for their mission trip), and came up with this.

 Unfortunately, I fell in love with the colors in this bag, and I just couldn’t give it away. That meant that I had to make two more! I went to the stash and came up with two other color combinations, and they did go to the auction last Sunday. The blue one is still my favorite, though.

orange tote

vineyard tote

Felting is a funny thing; I increased the number of rows in the new bags because I wanted to make them a little taller than the blue bag, but they came out shorter! Different washing machines, different agitation. But they’re all cute.

See the link for the Felted Slip Stitch Tote on the sidebar for purchase information.