Monday, December 10, 2007

Easy Slippers

To make these slippers you will need about 4 oz of wool. Using size 13 needles, cast on 28 stitches. You can use slightly bigger or smaller needles and adjust the number of stitches. It doesn't have to be exact. Knit in stockinette for 50 rows or until piece measures 12" - 14" long. DON'T cast off. Cut your yarn leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle thread the stitches onto the tail. Gather tightly to form the toe, knot but don't cut the tail then sew about 4" closed which makes the top of the foot. Leave about 7" open for your foot. Then fold in half and sew the other end from top to bottom which will be the back of the heel. They will look huge! Make sure there are no holes in the toe area because they may not felt closed. Repeat for the second slipper.

To felt, put the slippers in a lingerie bag. Fill the washer to the lowest level with hot water, put in the slippers and a small squirt of dish liquid. Also throw in 2 pairs of jeans to help the felting process. Let the machine agitate. Keep checking every 5 mins or so to see if your slippers are your size. You can put your foot in a plastic bag and try them on. Keep agitating until they are the right size. When they are your size, put them through a rinse and spin cycle and then put on your feet to shape. Carefully remove them to preserve the shape and let them dry.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Center Pull Ball

After winding and rewinding a center-pull ball which got tangled in the center and wouldn't pull out, I found a neat idea in Knitting Tips and Trade Secrets.
You place the end of the yarn in to a prescription bottle and then put the cap on. Wind the yarn around the bottle just as you would if you were winding it without the bottle there. When all the yarn is wound up, tuck the yarn end into the ball to secure it and then remove the lid. Slide the ball of yarn off by pulling it down off the bottom of the bottle. A couple of times, not thinking, I tired to pull it off from the top. There are little teeth that hold the cap on which which will snag the yarn.
I highly recommend this book. It is has many ideas which will help your knitting go smoother.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Just a Pidge

I saw this gorgeous little scarf called a Pidge on Daily Candy. I thought it would be the perfect little neck piece to wear with a sweater or under a jacket as the weather cooled. It didn't look complicated so I thought I would try to make one for myself. This is how I made mine.


US size 10 knitting needles

50 grams DK or Worsted weight yarn

2 buttons sized to fit between stitches

Cast on 22 stitches and work in Twisted Stockinette Stitch pattern until pieces measures 21.5 inches or desired length. Bind off. Weave in ends. Sew buttons along the long side of the piece near the short edge.

Twisted Stockinette Stitch
Row 1 (right side) knit inserting needle through back loop of each stitch
Row 2 purl all stitches

Repeat these two rows for pattern.

I am getting a lot of wear out of mine. I particularly like that it doesn't hang down and get in my way.