Saturday, January 07, 2012
FO Roundup: Mukluk Slippers, Adipose & Tarn Ugly Rug
Apparently I have a thing for knitting things for my feet out of Noro Hitsuji. I almost used this colorway for my felted clogs, so I decided to use it for these Mukluk slippers that are quite popular at the shop right now. Most people go for the low tops, but I thought the neon color and high tops had a nifty 80's legwarmer thing going on, especially with the two-piece suede bottoms that make them look like dance shoes. They are slightly ridiculous, but they make me smile and no one outside the house who's not a knitter will probably never see me in them. :) They are really comfortable and warm and will stay on my feet while I sleep, unlike the clogs. The construction is interesting to knit and I love the result, but to be honest the process of knitting chunky yarn on size 7 needles is a little intense. Definitely more of a "little bit every day" project than something to be worked on for hours at a time.
One of my X-mas gifts for Bryan was this knitted Adipose from Doctor Who. The BBC forced the removal of this pattern from the author's blog, but thanks to the wibbly wobbly timey wimey-ness of archive.org, it can be found.
Finally, here's the rug I recently crocheted from tarn (t-shirt yarn). It was fun and incredibly quick. Here's the method I used for cutting the shirts, down to the exact same ruler! I cut my strips about 1" and used an enormous size S (20mm) crochet hook. I called it "ugly" because my color joins suck, I forgot to stagger my increases all the time and it started to get a little hexagon-y, and it looks funny where I fastened it off because I did a spiral instead of rounds. I'm a self-taught knitter, but I'm really a self-taught crocheter. Most of the time, I can't be bothered to go look up the best way to do something when I think I can wing it. We'll be having a tarn making party at the next meeting of the Knitspiration guild. Feel free to contact me if you're an interested local who's not already a member!