Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Slipper Bottoms from The Knitting Closet

 I wore my own mukluks so often this winter! It's cold underfoot where we usually sit at our breakfast table with our laptops, because we have a tile floor. I just like to have my feet quite warm. (People do ask for this pattern - it was part of my Strings to Things seminar, and it was based on the lined slipper in Footnotes. it isn't published separately from that USB at this time. I may do it later, but it's not done yet.)

I realized I was going to wear through the slippers, and before that happens, I wanted to put some sort of sole on them.

I purchased these suede heels and toes from I used some black yarn that has nylon on it to stitch them onto the slipper. The soles came with some black yarn for sewing, but I used my yarn instead because I knew it would be strong. I used two strands and I pulled it through with a rubber "finger cot," one of those gummy thimbles people use in offices. I bought a box of them years ago, and they've lasted all this time and still grip a needle.

So here's my review: They're nicely non-slip. My soles were size "large," and I have a size 8 foot. Large was a good choice since these mukluks are Group 4 yarn and lined with Group 4 yarn, therefore, they're not small foot bottoms. The suede pieces are pre-punched, but the holes aren't very big, so expect to tug. It was easy to keep them in position with just a couple sewing pins, since you can slip pins into the holes.
My only real complaint is I wish they'd come with gray yarn to match.

Standing in them, I can feel them a little, but it's not an issue since my slippers are double-thickness. You would certainly feel them through a thin slipper.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Diana! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the videos you do on YouTube, and for the site you have built here. Your talent and dedication to the craft is inspiring. I have learned so much from your tutorials, in anticipation of finding a machine that fits my budget and yet will still provide me enough room for creativity as I learn my way around this incredible hobby. Once I find my ideal budget machine, I will be using it for many years before upgrading. I live in Maryland and haven't seen much of a machine knitting community here yet so opportunites for "trading up" so to speak may be a bit slim. No worries though! I'll be watching and learning from you (and many others) until the perfect machine pops up at the perfect price. And then I'll be watching some more :) The mukluk pattern is exactly the kind of gift I aspire to create for family and friends one day. Beautiful and comfy!