We played Secret Santa at work this year. I drew a colleague who had recently taken off six months to hike the Appalachian Trail. (2200 miles!) For one of his gifts, I designed a koozie with the Appalachian Trail symbol.
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!
As mentioned in my last post, I’m way behind on my blog. There are things I made in August that haven’t been added yet! I decided to start the posting with something quick and easy. A coworker asked if I could create a beer bottle koozie that looked like a carrot for his Bugs Bunny costume. Challenge accepted! I improvised the carrot using alternating groups of rows of knits and purls to give the carrot texture. I also created a large cartoony leaf that snapped to the bottom to give the effect of Bugs’ carrot. It turned out great!