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22. December 2014 20:33
by Jobo
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They are Done - Slippers fit for a Whovian!

22. December 2014 20:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I always have fun working on custom creations in this case the project started with an idea ? comfy slippers. 

The client and I started our conversation innocently enough ? with him wanting to have a nice warm pair of slippers crafted for his wife as a holiday surprise.  After a few discussions about likes and dislikes, the project took a quick turn into the world of Dr Who, and the idea of morphing the new popular Slipper Boot design and creating a TARDIS-inspired design.  When a search for themed buttons came up disappointingly short I decided to paint my own buttons with circular Gallifreyan messages for the client as well!  (see previous posts here, here and here for more details on the process and the evolution)

Well here is the finished product:

side view slippers

I started my project using the popular Drops Red Riding Slippers pattern.  I made the foot portion basically as written using a similar sized yarn ? and then modified the leg and ankle portion to suit myself.  The finished buttons are fun and have an interesting hidden message for the client too.

buttons close up 2

The finished fabric is nice and thick, and feels great on I?m almost sad to see them leave my house and move on to their new home.  I think I might have to make myself a pair soon!  It?s a nice thing to have warm toasty feet this time of year.

slipper side view again

24. November 2014 05:56
by Jobo
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Tardis Slippers Bigger on the Inside?

24. November 2014 05:56 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have been working on my Dr Who slippers... And things are going quite well. I finally had a chance to figure out how to do the TARDIS windows. Funny thing when my children refuse to sleep my creativity goes right out the window!

So I started out with the same needles as the base of the slippers, and just started to play with the white and the blue yarn. 

To get a comparable weight with the white yarn I had to triple the Patons Classic Wool. No biggie I just used the same technique as when you chain ply singles.  I didn?t bother adding extra twist or anything? just held the chain together as I knitted.  Maybe I?ll do a tutorial on this sometime if anyone is interested?

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As far as straying from the original pattern goes... I sort of went all out in all directions.

I started with the same approximate number of stitches and knit a button band to begin with that was wide enough to accommodate my buttons, and that's about where following the pattern ended.

I looked at a bunch of drawings of the TARDIS to see how the windows should look and it appears that most of the drawings show clusters of 6 windows in a 2 x 3 pattern.

tardis

Now I'm just waiting to have enough energy to finish off the first ankle so I can sew it on and see what it looks like.

My colorwork in the back looks fairly tidy... But I am wondering if I should sew something over it to cover it up and make it look more professional. I wish I had some nice hundred percent wool felt or something. I really have to get some of Ruttiger's fur made in to felt sometime... another project for another day.

15. October 2014 07:31
by Jobo
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And it Begins... A New Custom Project Request (to help restore my fleeting Sanity?)

15. October 2014 07:31 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Our family has recently started a new chapter of our lives... adding kiddo number two to our family.  There have been lots of sleepless nights, but also many smiles and much joy.  Little and Big Munchkin are having a great time getting to know one another :)

I'm about ready to go bonkers though... with lack of sleep and toddler and baby talk all day and night - my brain feels like mush.  I need to get back into the studio and creating things, or I'm afraid I might never feel like myself again! 

A new friend had the perfect thing go get my juices flowing again though - custom slippers for a gift for someone special.

 Slippers Yarn and Needle

And so the creative process begins... Why am I so excited by slippers?  This gentleman had a lot of neat ideas about what his wife might like, might find useful, and what she might find funny too! (Remember Guys:  Good looks get you in the door, but if you can't make her laugh, you're probably done!)  Extra brownie points when he knew her favorite color is Blue.  Extra Extra brownie points when he knew that her shoe size was a Ladies 7.  Extra fun customer points when he suggested that she watches Dr Who. 

Ok Folks - Likes Blue (check), Watches Dr Who (check) - Is anyone smelling a TARDIS project coming on?  I am!

Stay tuned: Will the new creative endeavour be enough to keep Jobo from completely losing her mind?  Will it be more fun than changing a bazillion diapers and dragging a (very cute) toddler to the potty?  Will it be less fattening than the ice-cream I've been inhaling before bed every night?  Updates to follow!

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