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Slippers

With cooler weather upon us, and still some snow on the ground, slippers seem to have become the project of the month. I have two pairs on the go, John’s felted clogs and a pair of house slippers.

The Bosnian/Siberian slippers are off the needles; all that remains is the weaving in of ends. That’s so much fun…. not. It’s one of those little jobs that only, really, takes a few minutes but it’s tedious. I’m really pleased with the slippers, though. They’re colourful and they’re cute.

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Here you can see a bit more of how they’re constructed. They’re worked from the top down and once the upper foot is at the required length, the sole is worked in short rows to the back of the heel.

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The short rows continue up the back of the heel, picking up stitches along both edges. It’s a pretty ingenious method of knitting them, really. The garter stitch fabric feels cushy and I love the contrast between the multi-coloured yarn and the blue.

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If you do decide to make these, there’s one minor change I would make; instead of using  straight needles, I’d recommend using a circular needle. It has more give. As you can see, there’s quite a bend in the knitting. The center point becomes a little awkward to work on straight needles; that said, it’s definitely doable, just easier on circulars.

I’ve also started another pair of slippers for the basket. This time it’s a pattern by Kris Basta, aka KrisKrafter. This is the Better Dorm Boot slipper pattern (available free through Ravelry). The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, held double.

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These are going to be thick. I have one off the needles already and just draping it over my foot feels so cozy and warm. I might find myself wearing these rather than putting them in the basket for guests. The pattern, again, is an easy one to follow and well written. Again, these can be knit on straight needles but I found that, after a while, I was feeling the weight in my hands (I’m not a kid anymore, yanno?) so I switched to a circular needle instead. That made a big difference for me.

John’s felted clogs are coming along, too. One slipper is off the needles and just needs the second sole finishing. If all goes as planned, he could be wearing them by the end of this weekend.

And, speaking of this weekend….

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In Memoriam

51fbf636a689b494276a6b22It saddens me to write this post. This morning, my nephew Geoff lost his battle with cancer. Geoff leaves behind his wife, Leah, and their five children. He is also survived by his parents (his mother is one of my four sisters), two sisters, two nephews, his grandmother (my mother), and a whole lot of family on all sides who will miss his ever cheerful presence.

From the Caring Bridge site set up to keep family and friends informed, his wife, Leah, wrote:

“In mid April of 2013, Geoff began to feel sick. He visited the doctor presuming he had a “normal” cold virus and subsequently took some time off work to rest and restore. Almost 2 weeks elapsed and after multiple doctor visits and amidst sporadic attempts to return to work at full strength it was clear that Geoff was not getting better. 

Some blood results prompted a referral to the local ER, where Geoff was immediately evaluated by a Hemotologist/Oncologist and  diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Geoff has Philadelphia chromosome positive ALL.”
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