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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

8. August 2012 08:20
by Jobo
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False Start.

8. August 2012 08:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been working ahead on some gift socks for my holiday knitting. but unfortunately it's a false start.

 

First the Yarn:  Some of my old standby, KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Canopy

 

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the RoadI purchased a copy of "The Road Goes Ever On"  by Claire Ellen some time ago. and decided that now was the time to get started and get my Cable-On.  This collection of socks (mostly cabled, some lace) is beautifully designed and contains great charts and detailed patterns.  Each design is named for a character from the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien too. so neat back stories as well.

 

My only real complaint is that there aren't more photos of these fantastic socks.  I've been going back and forth to Ravelry to look at projects to get more ideas of how the designs wrap around the heels and legs, since many of them are quite unique.

 

I decided to start with Eomer. a very cabled pair, featuring some 2-stitch travelling cables that remind me of wrought iron gates, and some sections of double moss stitch and rib.

 

I love everything about this sock really.. the only thing I didn't account for though is the fact that I started with the "small" size, and the way that the cables run has really restricted the stretch of the ankle and leg of the sock.  But look at them!  So pretty and curving, almost like a filigree of green yarny goodness. and I was almost enjoying the double-moss.  Why is it that I can't stand K1P1 Ribbing, and would rather poke my own eyes out with a set of 2.5mms, but I actually like double moss?  Its the same darn thing!  Clearly it's in my head.  go figure.

 

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tip cables pull inSo bummer: I'm in the frog pond. I just wish I hadn't made it all the way to the heel before trying to put it on my foot. My ankles were ginormous last summer from the fluid accumulation of pregnancy, and they have shrunk back to a normalish size (I can wear my own shoes and socks again finally) but I don't think that there's even a remote chance that these will go comfortably around my ankle, let alone take the chance that they might not go over the intended gift recipient's ankle either.  The heel is so pretty too. the way the cables spread out over the top of the ankle, then turn into ribbing.  I bet it would have hugged the ankle perfectly too Smile

 

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Oh well. it's been ravelled and I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking maybe I'll try a Cookie A. design I've been sitting on for a while and come back to the Cabled-wonders some other time.  It's a little heartbreaking to rip back cables so lovely!

29. March 2012 08:57
by Jobo
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Banyan Tree... completed!

29. March 2012 08:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Now I just wish I was lying in a hammock in a lovely warm tropical breeze under an actual Banyan Tree... instead of being zonked with a lovely sniffly sneezy cold :(

Either way though, the socks are lovely!

Banyan Tree Finished 2

I really enjoyed everything about this pair... from the twisted rib, to the leaves (which always seem to fly off the needles for me), to the little cables (I don?t know why I never thought of making 3 stitch cables and just moving the outside stitch? duh!) and the streamlined and simple foot.  I also enjoyed the heel flap, which isn?t rocket science, but looks so different compared to the standard slip stitch heel

Banyan Tree Finished 

All in all ? a great knit... and a free pattern!  Go check it out over at the loopy ewe :) they have fantastic yarns too by the way, and excellent customer service!

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