Elfie slippers part two

As I mentioned in my last post, my weekend project was to make a pair of Elfie slippers in Drops Big Delight. The knitting part was quick and easy – just garter stitch and the finished slipper looks like this:

The knitted strip that will become an Elfie slipper

The knitted strip that will become an Elfie slipper

It  was hard to believe that this would become anything resembling a foot shape and even harder (for me, at any rate – spacial awareness has never been my strong point) to assemble it in the correct way. The Drops pattern provides a very clear ‘assembly’ diagram but it still took me a couple of false starts to work out where to join the seams without twisting the strip. Don’t let that put you off though as it is incredibly satisfying once you’ve worked it out.   I put the second slipper together much more speedily, resulting in two giant slippers.

Two slippers ready for felting

Two slippers ready for felting

The next stage was to shrink the slippers by felting them in the washing machine at 40 degrees. I think I chose the wrong wash cycle so my result is a pair of slippers that would fit a child rather than an adult. Nevertheless, I love the shape of them (especially the stand-up cuff) so am now going to knit another pair. This time I’ll try them on a shorter wash cycle to ensure that they will fit me.

Elfie slippers

Elfie slippers

Am I the only one who has felted knitting rather too enthusiastically??

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