A sure sign it’s fall for me is the return of slippers.
A sure sign I need new slippers is this picture. Shameful!
My friends had tried to convince me to throw these out more than a year ago. Honestly, I completely agreed with them. The problem was I had nothing to replace my raggedy slippers.
All of this is to explain how I found myself spending time this summer sitting on a beach with knitting needles in my hands.
Confused? Check them out after a few turns in the washing machine.
These are French Press Felted Slippers. It’s my fifth time making these slippers. The idea is that you knit over-sized slippers out of real wool and then throw them in the washing machine in super hot water. They shrink down to the size they’re supposed to be and the material becomes stiff and fabricy.
Felting is a pretty neat process. The final product is very solid. You can even cut it and it won’t unravel like regular knitting.
However, I’m not relying on my slipper’s natural density to avoid having another holey situation. I had some leftover fake leather, so I cut some soles out of that and stitched it onto the bottom of the slippers.
Let’s try this picture again.
Much cozier without the holes.
Are there any other knitters out there? Have you ever felted anything? How about anyone else with holes in their slippers… or even your socks?