Un-Slippered, Seeking new project

This was The Man’s first slipper on Saturday”

And here it is next to one of my (size 9.5) feet, just so you get a real true sense of how humongous it is (was).

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I had a nagging thought in the back of my mind as I was knitting it.
It went something like this:
“Wow. I remember your slippers being mighty big before felting,,, but this is nutso”

But, would you believe, it didn’t dawn on me until this morning that I should measure it and see how far out of the ballpark I was. (denial?) This is even after I had already cast on and knit the first couple rows of the sole for slipper #2.

18 inches.

Yes, It was 18 inches long. And I figure that the maximum possible shrinkage I can expect from a full-on hard felting is maybe 30%.

So, this is The Man’s slipper as of Sunday afternoon:

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(it looks happier out in the lawn, doesn’t it?)

Other knitting that hasn’t received coverage on the blog yet (pre-empted by sheep) include

Suffolk socks:

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And another Huey cowl:

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Don’t know if I’ll get right back to the slippers.
I think I need a break from the line-by-line pattern following. Too much of that sort of thing really gets me down.

I need a nice, mindless, summer project.
Got any ideas for me?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


Ps. Briar roses from the garden
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Beauty, no?
Ever wonder why they call them Briar Roses?

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  1. Michelle

    Briar is one of the “B” names I am going to use for a Boulderneigh lamb someday; probably an offspring of Bramble or Blackberry.

    I’m not a good enough knitter for much of anything to be mindless, but EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket comes close. Got any baby showers coming up?

    • sheepsclothing

      I love EZ patterns- maybe I should try a baby surprise jacket. Just found out my boss is expecting another kiddo.

  2. Tina T-P

    Oh, it must have just killed you to have to rip all that out!

    Your boys are just a bunch of cuties! Are they getting along? – It looks like it from the pictures… T.

    • sheepsclothing

      Actually it felt better once I had the ripping done, because I knew in my gut that it wasn’t going to work out right. But I do hate to think of the knitting time wasted. Oh well. The boys are getting on pretty well together- at first I had two distinct groups,, but they’re blending more now. They are a lot of fun- and I love to fondle their fleeces!

  3. Jody

    Those socks are really lovely Denise. I read that Suffolk is good for socks so they should wear nicely.
    As for a new project….why not knit some cabled mittens or gloves.

    • sheepsclothing

      Thanks. I like the suffolk socks a lot too. Something so charming about a plain jane pair of creamy white handspun socks. 🙂


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