How do you get from this:
with the least effort possible?
I took it into my head the other day to use up some of the vast supplies of yarn I’ve accumulated so I decided to make a pair of felted slippers. So I went to Knitty and found this pattern for Fuzzy Feet.
This must have been the quickest things I have ever knitted. I only took a day to knit each (aided and accompanied by lots of Cast On podcasts on Itunes) on 10mm circular needles with some yarn from Rio de la Plata that I bought last year. I had heard that it felted well but hadn’t tested it… They knitted up so quickly I would make these again any time.
Anyway, they were absolutely ginormous to start with…. this photo shows one of them on the ironing board:
And here they are nearly finished:
Then I had to throw them in the washing machine with a towel to agitate and aid the felting. The last thing I felted took two 60 degree washes (centigrade) so I thought it was going to take a long time but I followed the pattern for these and did them at 40 and stopped it halfway through the wash cycle. (I had to check the manual for that… it’s a computerized machine and I’ve only ever done that before when it has refused to spin properly due to me loading it too full!). And I was glad I did because they’d shrunk quite adequately by then. So I finished them off with the rinse cycle and then, as the pattern suggested, put them on for a while and walked around to fit them to my feet. And here is the result!
These took two skeins of Rio de la Plata but I am definitely going to use this yarn for felting because I love the way it looks and feels.