2020 – The Year of the Slipper
From the desk of KnitFreedom Knitting Expert Mary Claire Phillips...
Even when I’m stuck in the house, I still get to slip on something handmade and special.
Prior to this knit-a-long, I’d been doing some colorwork slippers in the round. However, I was jerryrigging my own pairs from mitten charts and barebones knitting patterns.
When Liat told me she was going to start a Felted Slipper class that involved seaming instead of knitting in the round, I was intrigued.
So when Liat asked if I wanted to cast on with everyone when we kick off October 31st, I had to say yes!
I love setting intentions for my projects, and this KAL is no different.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to learning with everyone as we knit these slippers together:
- How to get a smooth seam
- Felting without a washing machine
- Getting to know new woolly yarns and the sheep behind them
Stash Diving - Discovering Yarn in Your Own Stash
When it comes to choosing the right yarn, I am all about stash diving!
Given my obsession with felted slippers this year, I had a hefty selection to choose from. However, since most of these were left over from knitting I wasn’t sure if I would have enough for this Knit-A-Long.
If you’re like me and stash diving, here’s a helpful guide on how to figure out how much yarn you have. To do this math you will need -
- A gram scale (you can find them at yarn shops, baking supplies stores, or just by googling)
- Yarn you either know is 100% non-superwash wool/alpaca, or yarn you still have the ball tag for which you can confirm the fiber content
I had an extra ball of Harrisville Designs FLYWheel in the color Penstock. The combination of black with red, blue, and yellow gives me joy every time I see it.
I’ve already used this ball for another project, so I wanted to see how many yards I have remaining.
One skein of FLYWheel has 170 yards and weighs 50 grams. Now if you want to solve for just this 21 gram ball of yarn, you can do a simple fraction of (170/50) times 21 which equals 71.4 yards. If it helps to see the math written out, here is my handwritten process for you to follow:
If you have multiple skeins of the same yarn, you may prefer to calculate the yards per gram (my first step above) which may be useful for several balls of yarn.Not going to lie to you KnitFreedom readers, I was so ready to cast on my FLYWheel slippers. I love the color variation in every strand, and I already know I like how they feel on my feet. But then I went to work…
Just this past week the yarn shop I work at received a huge shipment of yarn from Retrosario in Portugal. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re natural wools.
While shelving it, I fell in love with the brightly colored, yet still sheepy yarn.
I read a bit more about the milk & wool producing Saloia sheep this wool comes from, and knew immediately this was the perfect project for it.
Needless to say, I came home with more yarn.
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I’m so excited to start knitting on my slippers, what about y’all?
How is your yarn selection going? Will you be treating yourself to new yarn or stash diving from old favorites?
Let me know in the comments! You’ll be hearing from me sparingly as I’ll be spending this week road tripping through nature, distantly visiting sheep farms, and celebrating my birthday alongside my partner.
Oh, and keep your eyes peeled! On Friday, October 13th, our Felted Slippers class and FREE knitalong will be available for signups!
Until next time!
Mary Claire is KnitFreedom's resident Knitting Expert. She answers all students' knitting questions and finds extra time to write educational blog posts for KnitFreedom. She loves knitting Fair-Isle sweaters.
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