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Felt Slippers and Cold Toes

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I’ve been experimenting with the wonderful world of felting.  Have you tried it?  Oh my, it’s so fun.

Decided I would try to tackle some felt slippers.  So I found a wonderful pattern in the book titled Felted Knits on Amazon.  It was easy to follow and the knitting itself went fast.

The most important part when starting your felting project is to make sure you are using 100% wool and not acrylic.  Also make sure you double check your yarn because there is wool yarn marked “super wash” which is 100% wool, but WILL NOT FELT.  Once you’ve found the right wool, jump in!

I doubled the yarn as I knit.  I held 2 strands of yarn together as I knitted.  The yarn was worsted weight and I needed chunky yarn.  So holding 2 strands of yarn did the trick.  I had one blue yarn and one variegated colors yarn that was beautiful with the blue.Before felting As you knit the project, it will seem like the slippers ARE HUGE!  Don’t fear, the felting process will shrink the slippers down to the right size for your foot.  That’s one of the fun aspects of working with felt, the ability to fit the slippers to your foot.

For the sole of the slipper I used only the solid blue yarn and again held 2 strands together as one. Once complete, I was excited to start the felting process.  I typically do my felting in the washing machine, but it can also be done in the sink.  You need to use really hot water.  Felting occurs with the combination of super hot water and agitation.

Slippers after feltingI threw the slippers into the washer and set it to super hot small load.

One thing you may want to do is stay with the washer.  Don’t walk away.  The felting process happens quickly sometimes so you don’t want the process to go too far.  If you shrink it to far, you cannot go back and make it stretch out.  So I stand at the washer as the felting happens.

In order to get a good agitation, I threw an old pair of jeans into the washer as well.  Every 5-10 minutes I grabbed the slippers out of the water and took a look to check the progress.  As the slippers felt, the definition of the stitches starts to go away and blend into the new fabric being created.  You may want to put your felting project into a washer bag such as a lingerie bag because the felting can produce fuzz which you don’t want clogging up your washer.  I continued the felting until the slippers were snug on my foot.

I reset the washer to spin and allowed as much water to be spun out as possible and I then laid the slippers out to dry.  I put them on my feet and then gently slipped them off and they held the shape of my foot.  Over the next few hours of drying, I would simply again slip them on my feet so that they would dry to my size.  It took about 24 hours for the slippers to dry completely.

This was such a fun project, I decided I’d knit slippers for members of my family and send them UN-felted to each person with instructions on felting them to fit their feet.

I have to tell you these babies are WARM.  Very nice and warm for a cold tile floor in the middle of winter.  If you feel the soles may be slippery on the tile, you can purchase suede souls and stitch them on the bottoms for a little traction.  Have your tried felting yet?  What did you make and how did it turn out?

 

 

 
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