I had been wanting to try a technique where one knits an object using 100% wool then washes it to create felt. I found an adorable house slipper pattern and decided my friend needed them for her birthday. I knew that the slippers would shrink during the felting process, but I couldn’t believe how big they were knitting up! They ended up shrinking down to the perfect size. Here they are next to a pair of my Toms pre-felting. Huge, right!?!
The pattern called for straps to simply be sewn on the toes; however, the stitching was quite obvious. I used the needle felting techniques I used for my soap and pumpkin to make the seam nearly invisible.
Lastly, I added vintage-looking buttons. I love them and need to make some for myself!
Time Required: 3 Movies
Overall Experience: Good
I have sooooo many friends that have had babies in the last couple of months. I need to catch up on baby hat posts. First up: the Bergs. The Bergs are leaders in my Sunday School class. They have a toddler, and they welcome a new baby at the end of June. I wanted to make matching hats for both of their boys, and chose Chappy Newsboy Caps from Ravelry. The hats turned out so sweet that I adapted a preemie hat to add to our preemie collection. The hat features a half-double crochet pattern worked through alternating front and back loops that gives the hat a really fun texture. I’ll have to start using that stitch more often!
Preemie Hat Adaption:
Make the hat following the newborn pattern with the following changes:
Skip Round 6
Skip Rounds 12 and 13
Round 15: Instead of sc 16, sc 12
Round 17: Instead of sc 12, sc 8
Round 19: Slip stitch instead of sc around
Difficulty: Challenging; while the stitches themselves aren’t difficult, paying attention to the front loop/back loop instructions is challenging.
Time Required: One movie
Overall Experience: Excellent