Sunday, September 14, 2008

Slippers/ Latschen

Using Fibre trends felted clog pattern #AC-33x
I've knit 2 pairs of slippers with Cascade 220 yarn.
I use a U.S. size 10 1/2 (6 1/2mm)instead of the recommended U.S. 13 (9mm). it's less work to felt them that way.
Here you can see the 2 new pair with an old one that is the desired size.
Instead of using energy that is hard on the environment I felt by hand using a bucket and a toilet plunger, new and used only for this purpose. A little bit of mild detergent and some hot water and a lot of Lars energy. I do change the water 2 or 3 times during the process, it still only takes 3 or 4 gallons of hot water instead of however many gallons it takes to fill and run the washing machine 3 or 4 times.

After about 30 minutes one pair is shrinking faster than the other pair. For some reason some colors felt less than others, always do a swatch and test this, unless you're me and just take a chance. So, more work on the one pair.
Finally they're all about the right size and can be stuffed with T-shirts and shaped and left to dry. It usually takes about 3 days for them to dry, I take the T-shirts out after a day.
Around my house the slippers get holes in the bottom after a few months of use so I sew on the leather soles available through Fibre Trends.
I think they're a little overpriced though and this time bought some inexpensive leather and cut out my own soles. i have an old leather punch so it's no problem for me to make my own.


Anonymous said...

Wow Lars,

die sind ja Klasse geworden und eine Menge Arbeit machen die Latschen. Ich denke aber, sie hat sich gelohnt. Sehr schön!!!

Lars said...

Danke Rita!