Friday, October 22, 2010

"nice warm toasty woasty"

(The title is a phrase that my dad used to say to me as he tucked me into bed.  Now I say it to my little girl when I tuck her into bed.)

For the past few weeks, I've been in slipper mode.


I've never really gotten into making slippers before, because I've struggled at times with getting both slippers to be the same size, which was discouraging.

However, a few months ago, my sister-in-law proposed a little trade to me.  She would make me a quilt if I would make her a crochet bag and a couple pairs of slippers.

You should see her quilts.  They are beautiful!

Suddenly, I was very motivated to learn how to make slippers.  I purchased this pattern from, and got to work.

After a few mishaps in sizing, I finally got a couple of pairs that I felt good about, and sent them off.  Melissa loves them.  That gave me confidence to try to make some more.  I've been making them for awhile now, and have about eight pairs in black, creme, white, red, green, yellow, and blue.  I don't have pictures yet, (some of them still need trim and sewing work done) but when I do, I'll post them here.

One struggle I've had with slippers is sizing.  It's all very well and good if I'm making a slipper to fit my size 8 1/2 foot, but not everyone has my size feet.  So I've done a little sleuthing around, and I've found a size chart for socks (posted below, link here) that I'm hoping will help me out.  I figure I'll use it to determine what sizes my slippers actually are (as some of them are too big for my foot, and some of them are definitely too small), and then do a few field tests.

sal 10-10

©Catherine Goodwin
 (used with permission)

I'll let you know how it goes.

slipper picture courtesy of Vanessa Yvonne
('cause, you know, mine aren't finished yet)

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