Another penny-loafer, Easy Felted Slippers V.3
3rd pair of French Press Slippers
with Fusion Glass Buttons by Blumenthal Lansing Co ($7/a pack of 2)
Take something big, perhaps unevenly knitted, perhaps with small holes where the color join didn’t go smoothly and toss it in a zip-lock bag with hot water, a drop of hand soap, and kneed for 15 to 30 minutes.
Take it out and it has been transformed into something smooth and dense and completely unlike what went in.
I like to try new techniques on felted items, as I once told a group of new knitters, all the mistakes come out in the wash. To that end, I did a magic-loop cast on and double-knit soles
knit with Size 10.5 circular needles in Patons Classic Wool Dark Heather Grey
followed by the top, knit in one piece…split into two (but still knit it two-at-time for the opening
applied designer’s decreases where appropriate
…seamed the heel joins together and stitched the top to the sole.
I suppose I probably should have done my first socks that way. Then I would have had, before now, this warm, cozy, and extra cushy pair of slippers. The replacement Felted Slippers V.4 are finished. I was determined to make these slippers work! Less than two hours later,
inspired by French Press Slippers…with taps and La Mode buttons ($3/pack of 2)
They’re the most ridiculously easy thing to make (except maybe toothbrush sweaters,) though I should remember that felting in a bag with hot water is way easier than felting in a washing machine–probably not true for larger items.
When my teen said she wants these, I know I have a keeper! It’s pretty sturdy now, but, I may paint the bottoms with puffy paint once they’re completely dried.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!