17. October 2014 09:00
I'm a self admitted yarn snob. I love silks and wools... I'd go into the studio and roll around in a pile of them on the floor... but I digress.
For Slippers - the cushiest, squishiest wools are not very durable, and therefore are not very practical either. In the interest of slipper preservation, I decided that this was one of those times where the "fancy schmancy" yarn really wasn't going to give me the best finished product in the end.
Ever wonder why our Grandmas knit slippers from that Plasticy Phentex stuff? It was INDESTRUCTABLE! (albeit, likely flammable, ugh, wearing near a wood stove? melty-hot toes!) I think I still have the pair from 10 years ago around here somewhere. The old plastic Phentex yarn was basically just a rough acrylic, but intended for really hard wearing uses, like on our feet, or in a tough blanket.
So I wanted something in between! Some of the squish and comfort of a real wool, but some of the hardwearing and practical qualities of an acrylic yarn... Bring on the Wool Blend!
Loops and Threads Cozy Wool
- Purchased at Micheals... this 50% Wool / 50% Acrylic Blend yarn should do the trick!
- It comes in lots of delightful colors, and in a 127g ball - I'm hoping it goes pretty far.
- My inspiration pattern is done in a super bulky yarn (5-6 wraps per inch) so this one fits the bill
- This yarn has fairly easy care instructions... still hand wash, and lie flat to dry, but the acrylic content makes it less likely the recipient will be able to felt the slippers by accident. (I hope)
I've seen the new Drops Design (www.garnstudio.com) slippers everywhere... Pinterest, Facebook, Ravelry... the insides of my eyelids when I'm trying to sleep...
There are half a dozen different designs all featuring the same thing: Chunky, squishy yarns. Oversized, almost Ugg-ish Slipper Boots. They look warm and super comfortable. I've honestly been looking for a reason to make a pair for months now, and had been avoiding the yarn section at Michaels because I need more yarn like a hole in the head knew I couldn't resist!
When this new project came along, I wondered if there was a way
to modify one of the Drops Patterns to make it Whovian enough to work. I really like the shape of the foot on the "150-4 Little Red Riding Slippers"... so I think I'm going to start there and then see if instead of the cabled ankles, try and add a grid reminiscent of Tardis windows and add some kind of custom buttons to Doctor it Up.