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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.

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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

2. December 2014 10:57
by Jobo
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Lazy Tuesday Spinning...

2. December 2014 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I find Monday mornings are always busy for catching up from the weekend...  Kat and I went out to buy groceries, while Daddy and Bear were away doing their big kid things.  It seems by the time we tidy a few things up and get a bit organized, the day is over already.

Tuesday, however is usually a bit lazier :)

Currently, the little one is taking her morning nap while I drink my iced coffee and inhale a croissant with Jam.

Keeping me company today is this:

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I bought a bag at last year's handspinners retreat... simply because of the colors!  It's a blend of locally produced wools (cheviot, border Leicester, with a bit of Merino and Nylon added in for good measure) that are carded into a nice lofty true roving.  I usually go for top, so this is not my normal preparation. 

20141202_103915 About a year ago I had just grabbed the bag and a spindle and went off to the races with no real plan in mind - just to spin it by "feel" and see where the adventure might take me.  I ended up spinning supported on a lovely little Texas Jeans Russian Support Spindle... in kind of a modified long draw.  The roving just glides into a medium fine single with so very little effort that the spindle just seems to fill itself! 

As you can see... there are various stages on the go here - raw roving, a spindle cop basically ready to wind off, and a plying ball resting in my white porcelain bowl.  The singles are nice and heathery... in shades from navy to plum, ocean blue to teal.

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.

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