Knitting and London life. Not necessarily in that order.
Sunday, March 8
More felted slippers
This is the second pair of felted slippers that I made in the space of a couple of weeks - this time for my friend Lisa's birthday.
It's the same pattern and yarn as the ones in the last post - a different colour choice of course, and a size 5/6 rather than 8. I really had to guess the size this time, but got a colleague to try them on at work to confirm they were close enough.
Sewing the leather patches on for the soles was much easier this time thanks to a very sensible suggestion from Cosmo's mum that I use a hammer and nail to punch the holes before trying to do the sewing. Saved a lot of pain for my RSI-riddled wrists.
My current project is Lucetta (Ravelry link) from one of the Rowan Studio books - I'm making it in a really beautiful, deep purple colourway of Kidsilk Haze which I bought half price in the sale at Liberty a year or so ago. I'm about halfway up the front piece at the moment, the only thing that slows me down is the fact that it's made with two strands of the yarn, which means you have to take care not to split the stitches.
I'm not very happy with the way the pattern is written though - I consider myself a seasoned knitter and was disappointed to have to scratch my head for some time before I could work out what I was supposed to do in terms of swatching and in some of the instructions. You are supposed to swatch in the eyelet pattern, but there is no chart or separate instructions for the pattern - the instructions in the first part of the pattern include decreases, so it is difficult to work out what you are supposed to be doing to start with. Also I've just read the errata on the Ravelry page and not only did the errata make no sense to me, I was also annoyed that they were so fundamental to the pattern! I'm not sure if this is a problem with the original pattern or with the editing, but it's disappointing in a book from a yarn company.
Which brings me to my usual moan about Rowan yarns. So far only one knot, but I've still got another six balls to go - plenty of time for more!