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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

17. October 2011 08:01
by Jobo
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Alligator Mittens and Hat Set

17. October 2011 08:01 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I love working on Children's projects... for several reasons.  The cute factor is overwhelming!  I love that for kids, you can use the brightest colors available!  You can also be as creative as you want.  If you can dream it up, you can do it.  And the best part - children's projects are small enough to finish in a reasonable amount of time, so there is lots of instant gratification.

For this little set, I was asked to make mittens and a hat for a 4 year old little boy... who like most little boys, has a thing for alligators.  this began the search for the perfect shade of Alligator Green!  Normally, I gravitate towards wool products, but for this project I chose a nice soft acrylic (mainly for the indestructibility factor) and Vanna's Choice had a lovely mossy bright green.

I set to work to find a hat that would be stylish, keep ears warm, but also be functional for everyday winter wear.  I had been admiring Thorpe (available as a free pattern... follow the linky) for a long time, and had eventually intended to make one from handspun yarn for myself... This seemed the perfect opportunity.  I made a few modifications (2 extra increase rows at the crown) to account for the fact that I was using a basic worsted weight yarn instead of a bulky one, and added a few stitches to the earflaps to account for the extra stitches... but other than that, I worked the pattern mostly as written and was very satisfied with the results. 

I always find it challenging to make hats for children because of the variety in head size...  Maybe now that I'm going to have a child sized noggin at home I will be a bit more fearless?  I consulted a bunch of different patterns to try and make sure that this would fit properly.  I think I did ok in the end, because the Mom was pleased with the fit.

Alligator hat full

And of course... the star attraction - Alligator Mittens!  When we were little I remember my Grandma making dinosaur/lizard mittens with tiny yarn, and them being quite complicated to make and not as functional as regular mittens.  For this reason, I chose to make just a basic regular mitten, and then embellish with eyes and teeth.  I hope that the little guy can play and use them as his everyday mittens this winter, so I wanted them to be comfortable, and perfectly adapted for making snowballs and general seasonal antics.  Also, because they are acrylic... they are fully washable :)

Alligator set

I added crocheted eyes with black French knot pupils, and duplicate stitched teeth along the underside of the mitten.  It was hard to photograph the tooth effect without having the proper sized hands to fit inside the mittens... but you get the idea.  I hope there will be lots of "RAWR" moments and "love bites" with these mittens.

Alligator mitts

11. January 2011 09:13
by Jobo
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Gone Fishing Norwegian-Style Mittens

11. January 2011 09:13 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I almost forgot to photograph Dad's mittens... I was so excited to pass them over to him, that I honestly couldn't even wait until they were completely dry!  I gave them to him still damp.  With some knit items, wet blocking isn't really all that important, but with colorwork, I really find that a good soak smoothes out any uneven stitches, and covers a multitude of sins :)

This pair was designed and knit especially for my Dad as a special Christmas gift.  He so rarely asks me to make anything for him, that I couldn't help myself - I took some ideas and just ran with them, and I must admit, the results are pretty satisfying.  I think he's pleased with them too ;)

Here they are in all of their glory! 

pair dad's fishy mittens

Backs:

pair dad's fishy mittens front

Palms:

pair dad's fishy mittens back

To recap... here are some of the specs:

- Dad likes to "play" outside, and finds that his hands get too cold with plain gloves on, but he can't feel to do anything with mittens on.  These "trigger" mittens, or "picking" mittens as we used to call them when I was a kid (seriously, in our house - nose / toilet humour always found a healthy place) give the right balance of warmth and practicality.  Plus - they are basically two layers of 100% wool... the knit layer and the woven floats on the inside.  Doubly wooly warm.

- My dad has been a sport fisherman for as long as I can remember.  I showed him some mitts with moose, and birds and other creatures on them, and of course he asked if there could be fish instead.  I didn't have much luck finding a rainbow or a speckled trout pattern, but this little fishie turned out ok I think.  The palm side of the mitts features a common traditional all over pattern, which conveniently enough looks a bit like fish scales.

- My parents also have 2 small Dogs - Molly and Sophie - so I included a small mutt on each of the wrists.

- As for the rest of the mittens, I kind of made things up as I went.  I chose some basic geometric patterns, and decided the cuff needed a latvian braid for good measure.  I took measurements of Dad's hands and just knit until the mittens felt right.  Dad likes his mittens to come up nice and high on the wrist... to avoid drafty sleeves.

dad's fishy mitts on dad's fishy mitts on back

And here they are on the hands they were made for... Thanks for letting me take your picture Dad!  I hope he gets lots of use out of them... Mom says he has them in the car to wear out-and-about for now, but I hope he really puts them to the test.  That's how I know he really likes something... he will wear them completely out!

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