Saturday, 19 November 2011

Friday Night Sew-In: Saturday Morning Report, November 2011

I did something a little different last night, knitting instead of sewing.  I've been working on these little slippers for a week or so.  I had to unpick the first one and then sort the pattern out which I wasn't too happy about.  I suppose I should have realised sooner that there was a problem but I've never knitted slippers before so I wasn't sure how it was all going to work - answer, it wasn't!!
The pattern was originally for using Bernat Sox wool and you can see it here:
Two things.  Firstly, it's not a UK pattern and so the shoe sizes are different.  I wear a size 5 and knitted a 7/8 which fits well and a 2.5mm needle is a size 12 in old money!  Secondly, the pattern should read:

Cast on 5 sts.
Beg at heel, work in garter st (knit every row), inc 1 st each end of needle on 4th and every following 6th row 3 times. 13 sts. 
Cast on 17 sts beg next 2 rows. 47 sts.
Cont even for 2 ins [5 cm] in total, ending with a WS row.

Anyway, I'm pleased with my little slippers now and will be knitting a few more pairs soon.  

I then decided to get on with some Christmas projects 
but was soon distracted by Children in Need on television, absolutely amazing generosity from the public in these horrid economic times and amazing stories of children and the people who help them.
Thanks to Heidi and Bobbi as ever, I hope you all had a great FNSI, today I am baking my Christmas cake (more about that tomorrow) and working on the Advent calendar shown above, have a good weekend whatever you're doing.


  1. I love them! Got enough wool left to make another pair??? :p xx

  2. OH WOW love your slippers,I also did a bit of knitting for my FNSI :) Barb.

  3. Great slippers, like Mary Jane shoes! Love them

  4. Are you making the advent calendar for Sam? It is a great way to count the days until Father Christmas comes to visit. I have seen a number of varieties; Christmas trees bedecked with numbered parcels or mini chests whose drawers have the dates painted on them. I have a nice pattern for a Father Christmas wall hanging where you can open his coat and find pockets with a gift for each day. By keeping the coat buttoned up after today's gift the children might not be tempted to open tomorrow's little parcel today.

  5. Cute slippers. Sometimes we just feeling like working on a different craft. I've crocheted during FNSIs in the past.

  6. I love you slippers. I am trying hard to complete a scarf as a gift for Xmas

  7. Cute slippers and such pretty Christmas fabric! Looks like you will be making something wonderful from it.


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