This movie contains, as one of the other knitting bloggers said, one of the all-time best movie knitting scenes. That scene is followed directly by a great example of how the well-bred person should behave upon being shot on a social occasion. I have memorized it, just in case.
I finished the second pair of Fuzzy Feet slippers last night while watching this movie.
It is time for a slipper pattern comparison.
First, the stats. I used the knitty.com Fuzzy Feet pattern, 10.5 needles, and KnitPicks Wool of the Andes. I felted them in the washing machine in a short hot water cycle with a small amount of pure liquid soap from Brambleberry.
Here is a Fuzzy Foot prior to felting, and on the right you will find the post-felting results.
Below is the first pair of fuzzy feet I made. The yarn, needles and pattern are the same. Different color, and I made the cuff a couple of rows longer on the second pair.
This entry tells the details of the Ballerina Slipper from Galeskas’s Felted Knits. Here is its unfelted portrait, and below that is its felted self.
This pattern was definitely more complex than the Fuzzy Feet. It has a separate, double-weight sole, and the uppers are done with short rows from the toe back. There is a lot of counting and measuring. Is it worth the extra trouble? Perhaps not. I think it has a more feminine appearance but it may not be as warm and cozy.
It is also harder to get the two halves of the pair identical. At least, that is so for me, but we know that I am a shamefully inaccurate knitter.
They do seem to me to have a more substantial, less sock-like sole. I intend to do something to the solos of the Fuzzy Feet. I may sew on leather soles, or Jiffy Grip, or use fabric paint. I am checking out my fellow KAL-ers solutions before choosing.
Here are the first felted slippers I tried: the Fiber Trends clog. This is their pre-felting picture.
And here, post-felting. As you can see, the two slippers absolutely did not match. That is my fault, but it suggests to me that this pattern is more difficult than the others. I have not tried to make it again, so I cannot say for sure.
This was certainly the most expensive of the patterns, since it is a single pattern for several dollars. The ballerina slippers were in a book, which is less costly if you make several of the patterns in it. The Fuzzy Feet are the cheapest pattern, since they are free online.
I think all of these are nice patterns. They took similar quantities of yarn and similar amounts of time to make. Felted slippers are certainly better than slipper-sock or dorm-boot types.