Thursday, November 20, 2008

Handmade Holidays Gift Idea #4 Knit & Felt Slippers



Handmade Holiday Gift # 4

This one requires some very basic knitting skills. But only very minimal ones as the felting process will hide any lack of knitting skill. I found this pattern at knitty.com and found that they could be easily knit up in just a few evenings......and of course the felting is a bit addictive. You'll need one ball of Bernat Lana or Patons Classic Merino wool or two balls of Noro Kuyreon. Any wool which has a high percentage wool (at least 85%) will do. If you catch them on sale, all the better. The Noro Kuryeon has some absolutely beautiful colourways, but is more expensive and does not felt up quite as quickly nor as thick as the Patons or the Bernat. If you are looking to do this on the cheap....you are better off with the Bernat, Patons, or Lion Wool. Those, you can get on sale at Michaels with a 50% off coupon or at least on sale most days. Here in Canada that means a cost of probably about $3.50 to $4.00. Which is really not too bad. If you go for the Kuryeon it will be more like $20.00 as it is tough to catch on sale. The Patons Classic is now available in variegated shades so we'll soon see how those turn out. I have a set on my needles right now. Another fun option is to purchase the off white wool yarn and give your hand a try at kool-aid dyeing. This is another thing on my "to do" list.......One of these days....Maybe pretty soon??? Anyway, they do knit up quite quickly and I am told wear very well. So click here to go Knitty.com and get yourself a free pattern and make yourself (or someone else) some Fuzzy Feet.....Good Luck:)


4 comments:

Cathy | Mommy Motivation said...

that's a great idea!

Sam said...

Oh, those rainbow slippers are gorgeous!

LittleRed said...

Thanks! Those are made with the Noro Kureyon. They have the most fabulous colourways....but are pricy for me.

Aunt Pitty Pat's said...

These are very cute.. and they look so warm :)
M