A brief history of Felted clogs as knit by Karen.
1. Made for Anna.
My first foray into felted clogs. Ignored yarn requirements, bought two skeins of clog color and one of sole color. Made it work by holding clog color and sole color together for inner sole of clog. Purple and black.
2. Made for me.
Paid attention to yarn requirement, apparently forgot how to count though. Compensated by picking up or dropping stitches randomly throughout to keep the stitch count right. Clogs still turned out super cute.
3. Made for Debbie. This pair was practically perfect except that I used a different kind of yarn. On my prior escapades I used Cascade 220 or Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride. For this pair I heard that the brown sheep naturespun felted a lot faster – as I do my felting in a front loader this was ultra appealing. What I did not expect is that it would felt totally differently than the other yarns. I consider this the wonkiest looking pair ever and there is not picture as I think they were felted at about two minutes before they were gifted. They are also the warmest thickest pair I have made- so the recipient was still quite happy.
4. Made for Beth – again no picture – again, finished at the last absolute possible minute – there may be a pattern here but I refuse to acknowledge it. Lavender with purple soles – I used Hobby Lobby I Love this wool, and it was a slower start felting, but once it decided to felt – it felted.
5. Made for Kacey – and since these live with me and are frequently spotted in the wild (she wears them to school..yeah I am that mom, the one who lets her kid wear their slippers to school…) but still – no picture. These were a complete hybrid knit – all or the other purple and black leftovers held together in an amazing yarn conservation sytem effectively using all kinds of leftovers and still becoming felted clogs.
6. Made for Frankie –
who is graduating high school, and is nice to my freshman kid. The idea struck and I raided the stash using one skein of Brown Sheep Naturspun in bulky weight to knit all four soles! Beware clog knitters – this left ONLY enough to sew the sole together, not enough to do the cuff or attach the second sole, so for that I went back to pair No. 3 and used some of the purple to do the job. The blue was a skein of Lion Wool I had around thanks to my inability to resist a clearance sale. The best part is these have a little racing stripe around the sole, which can not be considered sporty, since this is a slipper, but sure is cute.
So there it is – my most frequently knit pattern. Maybe I will learn to start more than two days before gifting is required 🙂