Ruining a little knitting

I’ll admit that I have never fully appreciated the charm of felting (or fulling) knitting. It has always seemed to me that it was an adept and swift way of ruining knitting. All that work to get the stitches just right, being careful to do this carefully, only to toss it in the washer and get something completely indistinguishable from some other fabrics? (Perhaps it is that usually when I take knitting to water I am striving for the opposite, and that’s pretty ingrained.)

I didn’t get it, and I still don’t – most of the time it feels like ruining my knitting. The one exception?

The Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. I love this pattern. I’ve knit it maybe twenty times, and it never fails to charm me.

This floppy weird knitting…

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that is this big…

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takes a trip in my faithful washer and becomes these.

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Useful, beautiful, clever, durable footwear. Love it. The pattern is fast, easy and interesting. The yarn for this pair is my favourite felting yarn, Patons Classic Merino, (colours 231 Chestnut Brown and 77011 Wedgewood) and my only qualifier for the whole thing is to remember to toss the whole works into one of those zipper washing bags or a tied up pillowcase before you felt it, or it can be a very costly pair of slippers when the washer guy has to replace the wool clogged motor. (Learning this lesson cost me $300. I beg you to heed the warning. Joe still looks a little nervous when I start knitting them.)

This:

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to this.

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Astonishing.

A word today about all the outrage and upset about the STR club woes I wrote about yesterday. Remember that the Blue Moon ladies were smart enough to build the business that got into this mess, they were smart enough to figure out how to fix it, and all of us need to take a deep breath while they do the work they need to do and trust what we know, that they are plenty smart enough to do the right thing (whatever that is) when the air clears and they have met the needs of their customers. Anything more that happens, releasing (or not) the name of the bank, the possible repercussions, the revenge fantasies and the plan for what comes next should all belong to them, since while we are all offended (and clearly creative about the possibilities for said revenge), they are the directly involved party. Knit on.

169 thoughts on “Ruining a little knitting

  1. I love the felted clogs, but have always been a bit afraid of felting anything that had to end up an exact size. I have stuck to simple items like felted boxes or hand bags. Thanks for the tip about the washing machine motor. Haven’t had that problem yet!

  2. I agree, Stephanie. I think at this point the bank in question has probably caught wind of the outrage expressed all over the internet regarding this, so there’s little point anyway in anyone other the Blue Moon dealing with them.
    Knit on indeed!

  3. Really? I’m the first commenter? I’m not worthy. I love the clogs, and I really love the poise and sanity about the Sock Club brouhaha. I bet you never thought you’d host such a firestorm!

  4. Agree on the clog pattern. Love it no matter what a certain podcaster had to say about it. Time, I have been informed, to replace my sister’s pair.
    Agree with comment on BMFA. We all need to stay out of their business and legal dealings. Even if someone figures out the bank name, I hope they respect the fact that BMFA should handle the response. After all, if knitters interfere with BMFA business, we will just being doing what the bankers did.

  5. I, too, have been fascinated by felting. I have done it with my own knitting on purpose, as well as, when my daughter was in middle school, by mishap — not good — although she did decide it was time for her to do her own laundry! Another great victory for motherhood by mishap. Enjoy your blog which I just discovered.

  6. I’ve been jones-ing to felt something but like Barbara, I’ve been a little intimidated about the end product actually fitting.
    Does the fading occur naturally or did you do something to produce the effect? I actually prefer the fading…so pretty in your picture!
    tonivanb

  7. Those clogs are SO on my list of things I want to do, I even have some yarn stashed for them. Sadly my washie doesn’t felt anymore. The naughty squiddy (check pattern at island of misfit patterns) went through NINE times and only got a tiny bit smaller. But the clothes still come out clean so I can’t justify a new machine just for felting.

  8. Just a little FYI. I don’t know if you at a bottom to your slippers or what. I just wanted to tell you what I found. I shaved the bottom down real good of all loose or fuzzy wool. Then I taped out the bottom and sprayed them with a rubber like spray. It is the stuff they spray on tools to give them grip. It comes in all colors. And was about $7.99 a can. I was able to do 6 pairs of slippers with the one can! Very cost effective. And provides a non skid surface. Which is great on my hardwood floors and for my aging Grandma!

  9. I have GOT to get me some of those!!!
    Thanks for posting it!
    PS. What was the edge of those pink socks? How did you do them?
    Great comment about the “situation” from yesterday. You are absolutely right!

  10. I just tried felting for the first time last night!!! I was trying to make a bowl. It turned into something more like an oblong pancake. With some blocking (in the works) and possibly some thread and a needle, I may have something. Next up: a kitty bed! (from wendyknits.net)
    Thanks for the pillow case tip!

  11. I put my first Fiber Trends clog on my head as an “elf hat” prior to felting. No one would believe it was going to become the warmest, comfy-est house slipper ever! An added bonus, now that I have the terrorist kitten, is that she can play with my feet with abandon and it doesn’t hurt!

  12. I totally agree about Patton’s – I have felted with several other brands and felt-friendly types, including Cascade 220, but Patton’s felts PERFECTLY. No stitch definition, no bumps or lumps…perfection. I’ve gotten addicted to knitting those cutie Debbie Radtke hedgehogs for kid gifts. Haven’t tried the clogs, though – I guess I know what’s going on my to-do list next…

  13. I love those clogs! A friend of mine is very intimidated by the thought of felted clogs…I want to make a pair, especially now that I’ve seen yours!!! πŸ™‚

  14. We are in the middle of an ice/sleet/snow storm here in the midwest, and my freezing little toes would so love to be wearing those clogs right now! But I should probably finish my husbands socks first.

  15. I agree about the FT Felt Clogs…in fact, 3 skeins of Cascade 220 followed me home this morning from the LYS to make DD a second pair.

  16. Regarding the STR club, very well said. When I first heard what happened I was angered on their behalf but when it really comes down to it, the bank was trying to stop what they thought was illegal activity. That said, their actions were misguided since they should have talked to the people involved before blindly refunding money.
    Cute clogs, by the way πŸ™‚

  17. I love that clog pattern… I felt clogs and bags… nothing more. I’m just not that daring and I too have @#%^&* up the washing machine.

  18. I have been trying to find a pattern for those clogs forever, apparently I am just not meant to knit them as I still can’t find a pattern. Yours are b-e-a-uuuuuutiful though. Love the color choices!!

  19. Like several others have said, felting something that needs to meet specific measurements afterwards is scary… but your clogs are just so darn cute! I feel the breeze of inspiration… πŸ™‚

  20. Adore felting/fulling, it’s like magic! Started years ago with a Fiber Trends hat in off-white (I kid you not!) Lambs Pride and it’s been a slide on ice ever since (totes, purses, THREE Kitty Pi Beds, etc.) . This summer I felted a Radtke flamingo. Cutest thing ever! I’m now working on my THIRD Bonnie Marie Bucket Hat in Paton’s SWS. Only trick is SWS felts so well and fast you have to make the item longer than suggested. (You have to like a “textured” finished fabric though.)

  21. i still can’t bring myself to felt. I just see myself knitting this massive item just to shrink it down to a fraction of what it once was. I guess thats why i’m heavy ito lace lately, i need to see progress!

  22. I’ve taught four weekly knitting classes for over five years, helping knitters of every level make just about anything you can think of. They have, however, bravely felted without me. That is my big fear. I knit a pair of these same slippers maybe four years ago and they still haven’t been felted! I’m too scared! One of my knitters, who bravely felted a tea cosy (!) of yarn that she spun (!!) as her first knitting project (!!!), is going to help another knitter and myself take the felting leap. I’m so scared! Wish me luck!

  23. I don’t get it – I know my blues, and those blues look totally different. Totally and completely different. But fabulous. Maybe I’ll make a pair this weekend – they take like a total ton of wool!

  24. I’ve now felted a cellphone cover, ipod cover, tea cozy and a multi-piece bag with the helpful advice of several kind knitters from this blog (and thank you all for the advice!). I love felting – and have added these clogs to my list of to-do-knits (which is currently the size of JK Rowling’s last book!). And wise words, Stephanie – like others, I’ll bide my time and let the gracious ladies at STR deal with the idiots (and will be off to buy more sock yarn once they’re back up!)

  25. Love the clogs!!!
    Having briefly spoken to the ladies at BMFA while paying for my club again, I have one thing to say: CLASS ACT

  26. I have those clogs in the queue. I’m just not there yet. But now that I’ve seen yours they may move up a couple of notches.

  27. I made two pairs of those clogs this past holiday season and now everybody wants a pair (including me!) and they knit so fast, it’s bliss.
    To the commentor that couldn’t find the pattern; I believe if you go to the fiber trends sight you can see a list of the stores that carry them. There are also online stores that will mail them out.

  28. Faithful “SIR WASHIE ” did a really good job on felting those large clogs Yaaaay Sir Washie. YAAAAY Stephanie for you post today–truer words were never spoken.

  29. I LOVE FELT! Mostly handbags- they are so much fun to design and felt- I have a million.
    I too like Patons (have a pair of slippers on needles right now- knit HUGE socks then wash . . .)
    Knit Picks Wool of the Andes also felts cool- gets kind of a boiled wool look- not as smooth as Patons- but Fun!

  30. But it’s so fun to feel righteous indignation and outrage at the trials foisted upon sister-fiber-addicts by the uninformed masses of Muggles! Rarely do we get such a clear and blatant lack of brains, understanding and creativity all in one place. It’s like a train wreck, we just can’t look away.
    Anyway, lovely clogs.

  31. I too love the Fiber Trends felted clog pattern. It makes graeeat toasty, comfy slippers. I also love making felted oven mitts. They are possibly even faster than the clogs & so much nicer than any commercially available oven mitts. I love putting on this gigantic mitten which comes from my fingertips down to my elbow & then throwing it in the washer & having it fit my small hand just right as an oven mitt. They are thick & very heat resistant & flexible (unlike the silicon mitts). Patons Classic Wool is also my favorite for felting. I have also found that throwing a few tennis balls into the washer with the items to be felted helps – at least when you are felting 8-10 oven mitts at once!

  32. Ohhhh, I have that clog pattern. Now I must find and actually knit it!
    looks like a dreary wet (typical cincinnati weather) weekend project to me. πŸ˜‰

  33. thank you! Thanks for the picture of the felting. I was just teaching knitting today and mentioning how this process works, but your pictures up-close help explain what I was talking about….timely too.

  34. Fear not to felt. Even if you ignore the designated needle-length because the shop is out and you want to cast on right away and NOTHING really takes a needle that long and you’re sure you can always squoosh onto a shorter needle, and even if you think it’s not necessary to fully felt them in the washer and believe you’re smart enough to finish felting them in the dryer, whatever vaguely foot-shaped objects result are excellent foot-garages under the computer and the blessing of anyone’s hypothetical plantar fascitis — and if these wool-aomebas were comfy, imagine how terrific the results would be for someone who had actually followed instructions!
    Ask me how I know.

  35. OMG! I couldn’t believe when I opened your blog and saw the exact same pair of slippers I am making my daughter. I used the New Denim as the contrast, though.
    I made my first pair for her boyfriend as a kind of joke and he loves them. I waited until Christmas day and felted them while he was at our house. Not that he’s sucking up, but he says they are the most comfortable pair of slippers he has ever owned.
    I purchased the ballet slipper pattern at the beginning of the week, so I am excited to start, but have to get something off the needles first, since I now have 5 projects going.

  36. I too love that pattern. I’m on my fourth pair, and then I intend to make some for myself! The best part of anything felted, but especially these, is giving them to the recipient unfelted and watching them try to figure out what they are! Worth it every time…

  37. Thank You x $700+ for today’s blog! You have saved my Maytag an untimely death and my budget a fatal blow. Very soon [after my Knitpicks order arrives with my Lovely (I hope) Suri Dream alpaca, wool and just a wee bit of nylon (4%)yarn] I hope to knitting and felting (still a felting virgin) a Kitty Pi or 2 or 3 and a handmuff (do you remeber those or perhaps you are too young?). Had I not read your blog and the linked felting article, I would have put the knitting directly into my washer sans pillowcase or lingerie bag in the apparently mistaken belief that it would hasten the felting action (or perhaps that is true), without thinking about what it would do to my Mr. Washie. Like I said, Thank you SO MUCH.

  38. I now feel the need to knit clogs. Harking back to STR–I still want to know the name of the bank. I understand that BMFA need to keep it quiet in order to seek restitution in court. I just want to know so that if it *is* my bank, I can withdraw my money, cancel any credit cards and move my home loan. Oh! And make sure that the CEO, CFO and Board are aware of why I’m do so. If it’s not my bank, I want to make sure that I never, ever do business with them and write the appropriate, polite letter to the above group so they know why that is as well.

  39. I love felting, although the first time I did it I did feel kind of like I was mucking up something I’d worked hard on. Of course I was also once terrified of steeks too, and now I’m a cutting machine!

  40. I’ve heard that Fiber Trends has an updated clog pattern(2006) published. The new pattern has sizing for a narrower foot. However, I haven’t found the new pattern yet. Great looking clogs.

  41. I am truly not a Knitter, only a knitter. I’ve never used double point needles, probably never will, but I’d love to do some clogs. Anyway, my friend Diane is a Knitter and when I was visiting knit a hat that turned out to be huge on her. She decided to felt it, which did make it smaller, but still way too big. She was ready to trash it when her cat batted it upside down, and behold–she had a beautiful bowl!

  42. Felting and steeking strike fear into my heart. You are a braver woman than I.
    Give Mr. Washie a loving pat on the side fer me for doing such a good job at felting (and to ease the pain of previous felting mishap).

  43. I made my mom’s husband a pair of those clogs for the holidays. They came of the needles flippin’ huge, right? They were a fun pattern to knit though, and apparently successful: as far as I know, he hasn’t taken them off yet.

  44. Great. Now all I have on my list is learning how to do cables, lace, intarsia, Fair Isle, socks, mittens, top-down sweaters, and felted clogs.
    But you’ve given me an excellent excuse to run into my not-so-local LYS on Sunday and snag the pattern. πŸ˜‰

  45. I felted a baby blanket that I made from *scrap* wool. Of course, this was the first big thing I had felted and so I left it for a minute and it felted too small – car seat blanket size instead of crib size. After accepting that fact I let it soak and stretched it, and it gained inches all around and now it’s perfect! I’ll have to try these sometime. I just found out you’ll be on WEBS’ radio show soon (one of my LYS, I’m so lucky) – look forward to hearing you!

  46. *giggle* rams said “foot garages” *snerk*
    Stephanie, PLEASE, can you please run for President of the US? I’ll start a petition to overlook that whole citizenship thing. You are the ultimate voice of reason and peace.
    (Yeah, if your girls read this, they might not agree.)

  47. Glad to see Mr. Washie is getting his fiber in addition to his thrills via the pin-up calendar. Must strive for balance! As an urban apartment dweller, I have no Mr. Washie of my own. I’m wondering what other laundrymat-bound knitters do when they want to felt? Any suggestions?
    And you are right, of course, about the Blue Moon fiasco. They have a lawyer, they will make what is the smartest business decision under the circumstances, and in the long run they will benefit from this, because every knitter who hasn’t already succumbed to the temptations of their wares will click on that link and be smitten. And thanks, everyone, for letting me know that sock yarn doesn’t count in Wendy’s universe–I’ve decided to make her universe my own as far as BMFA goes! They are gonna be at Stitches West, I hope . . .

  48. Hmm… perhaps I can conquer my Fear of Felting.
    As Cara so rightly told me this morning, a vengeful spirit does not help matters; we must use our powers for good. From now on, however, I plan to knit socks whenever I am in a bank, telling anyone who asks (truthfully) that I’m donating them to charity.

  49. Did you know you have perfect timing? I’ve been looking for a new project as I am suddenly having to knit while wearing gloves (not because we have no heating but because my bare hands can’t touch yarn right now. Long story) and I haven’t been able to hold small needles and thin yarn easily. These are just the answer! Thicker yarn and bigger needles and if I make a mistake the felting will hide it! Perfect!
    Also, I got a nice letter from MSF and I read the booklet. I calculated that my Christmas present from my mothers-in-law (previously destined to be spent on laceweight which I can’t touch right now anyway!) which I donated has paid for FIVE THOUSAND children to be vaccinated! I just saved 5000 kids from some horrible disease!
    If anyone has been thinking about donating I can tell you that there is no yarn on the planet that gives you those sort of warm fuzzies!
    Thanks for this Stephanie. It was my best Christmas present this year. And I’ll be doing it again.

  50. I’ve used Classic Merino several times for felting, and it never came out fuzzy like your clogs. It looked almost like a boucle fabric. Did you use one of the great new colours? Could the verigated versions act different? I’ve only used solids.
    On another note, I was very inspired by your wedding shawl. I was working at the same time on a white lacy baby blanket/shawl. I really really wanted an edging so well thought out like yours, but time and brain power got all used up. I’d be really humbled if you’d take a look anyway, I posted pictures on my blog: http://tracykm.blogspot.com/2006/12/thanks.html and http://tracykm.blogspot.com/2006/12/ive-been-knitting.html are the two days I blogged about it. Do you ever suffer from Post Project Depression (PPD, allbeit a much better form of depression than the usual PPD, LOL)?

  51. I am quite addicted to felting – after I got over the feeling of nausea while felting that first bag. I’ve made bags of various decriptions and now I fear I will be addicted to those clogs, too. Thanks for showing them!
    And very important tip about the zippered bag – I’ve used one ever since my first furry mess – felted merino and mohair…no bag….oops! I got the sad, sad news today that my 6-1/2 year old washer is more expensive to repair than to buy new….but was much relieved that the repair man didn’t think it was from my excessive washing of heavy woolen items. Phew!

  52. I love this pattern too – I made a pair as a gift this holiday season. I will heed your advice on putting them in a bag before felting though (I didn’t do so and I guess I got lucky!)

  53. Stephanie — I love the felted clogs, and yours are really nice colors. I actually have a sort of Felted Clog club – all my favorite muggle friends, and most of my family own a pair (or 2). I even have a new pair for me all felted and everything, just waiting in the wings til the current pair is truely trashed. My favorite clog yarn is Lamb’s Pride Bulky, but maybe I will try the Patons. Do you double it?

  54. I adore those clogs. I think that just might be my next Great Project!
    As far as the Blue Moon fiasco goes, honestly I think a reasonable, rational response would be to simply direct the bankers in question to the comment section of your last post. And then point out to them that not only is that a small fraction of the people likely to join a sock club, but that they have missed out on handling all of our money. Poor them.

  55. I’m wearing a pair of clogs knit with that pattern as I type this. It was a little tricky getting them to shrink down to the exact right size, but well worth the effort. The two-layer bottoms are really great for those of us who are tough on our footwear.

  56. I know the Blue Moon women are too classy to disclose the name of the failed bank. Conversely, it would be a good deed to name the fiber friendly institution, dontcha think? This is getting back in the nicest way.

  57. Yes, of course, you are very wise. Let’s assume we knitters were merely caught in the heat of the moment yesterday when we–er some of us–were entertaining startling revenge fantasies.

  58. What a great pattern! I was so disapointed that the link says it can only be purchased at yarn shops. Of which we have just 3 in all of Vancouver! I will keep my fingers crossed and start dialing. (I agree with you on felted knitting, but I have a thing for wool slippers.)

  59. Felting is really cool! It is even better when done on purpose. (Lama sheds really bad,it needs to go in a pillow case)

  60. I bought your 3rd book just now (knitting rules)(yes, I’ve read your others two)
    I adore you! It sounds strange maybe, but I’d really wanted to take a tour to see your stash πŸ™‚
    I’m a crocheter more than a knitter and I regret that you are not!
    I have one question for you: have you ever tried freedom knitting? (I’m not sure that it calls like that)

  61. Dagnabbit, Stephanie. Now I have to pull out my Fibertrends felted clogs pattern and start a pair tonight. And I have ‘way too many projects in the works to be starting another.
    Wait a minute. A cold snap is coming through the Plains states. Strategically-placed knitting, quilting, weaving, and spinning projects will insulate my home more efficiently and cut down on my heating bills, thus conserving resources.
    It is my duty to start a pair of felted clogs this very minute!
    And RE: BMFA saga. I am so proud to hear all of these reports of not only Knitters Who Stand Up For Each Other, but also to know that BMFA are savvy, uptown businesswomen who know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. (Well, no folding, but it rhymed.) It’s just as important to know how to run with the big boys as it is to kick them in the ass.

  62. Many people would agree with your concerns about felting on purpose. And yet, when making a purse, the sturdy felted fabric is far more practical than the stretchability of the knitted purse. I have really become very enamored of buying thrift shop sweaters, felting them, and sewing them into purses, baskets, coasters, cushion covers, plant pot covers, etc. I’m not that crazy about sewing by hand, and some of the fabric is too thick to be done by machine. But the results are fabulous.
    My friends go to thrift shops in cottage country–prices are way cheaper than urban areas–and then I work on them and gift them back. Another way to use up buttons from the collection, and other bits of stash. (With a big help from Nicki Epstein’s “Felted Flowers”)
    The ladies from Blue Moon are doing what they need to do to maintain their business ethic. One never knows how some revenge can be a scorpion bite either. It does show their class act, though, to maintain their cool, arrange another solution, and move on. A lesson to those of us who may be more hotheaded (like me).

  63. One of my favorite patterns, too. Yours look gorgeous. I used to think the felt craze was a bit daft. But once I started knitting these clogs, I got the bug too.

  64. Thank you Donna!! I never thought about making a giant mitten and turning it into an oven mitt! Since I have very small hands store-bought mitts are always too big. I’ll have to try that, and since everyone seems to love Patons I suppose it will be necessary to get some…oh, the hardship of having to buy yarn! I don’t know if you could recommend a pattern?? And Harlot, you are right – those evil, evil bankers will get their come-uppance, one way or the other. You can’t mess that seriously with the Knitting Universe and get away with it.

  65. That pattern is the greatest for the mystery-knitting-effect. One minute you are knitting this long strip back and forth and then that gets folded in half, somehow becoming a sole! Far be it from me to dream up a construction like that.

  66. Revenge fantasies? I have one that involves the most atrocious sock yarn you can find, several thousand sock knitters and the mailing address of the bank.

  67. You wrote, “All that work to get the stitches just right, being careful to do this carefully…”
    That’s the point, I think. It’s not necessary to do a lot of careful work to make a felted item look good. This is great news for beginning knitters or those knitters trying to accomplish something (anything!) with a baby or three on top of them.
    Besides, every time I felt something I feel like a genius.

  68. It was easy to be indignant and get caught up in the fray regarding BMFA. As a matter of fact, I set up a blog for people to speak their minds. It will likely only be up for a couple of weeks. I feel much calmer today and figured out how I wanted to “get my revenge”. I joined the STR club.. putting extra money in BMFA pockets! Otherwise, I’m moving on to working on my projects, confident that they will handle their issues in the best way for themselves.
    I have never been bitten by the felting bug. I know what you mean when you say that it just feels like it’s the opposite to what you should be doing.
    Knit On!

  69. I agree that the BMFA people have the rights of rectification here, but my elderly (knitter) mother had a really, REALLY great idea– publish the address of the bank, and we can all knit ONE SOCK and send it to that address to the attention of the manager. That would give him a very nice, wonderfully graphic idea of just how many people are interested in sock yarn!

  70. I would think that the ladies at Blue Moon might point said corporate fuckwits to your site, specifically your post yesterday, and have them read the 523 comments from the knitters who just happen to like socks a wee bit. It might scare the hell out of them.
    Oh, and maybe point out what the power of knitters can do in raising money for Doctors Without Borders.
    I hope, though, all is resolved peacefully.

  71. I discovered these clogs through Anne Hanson at knitspot.com. She was on an amazing clog jag just before the holidays.
    You may know this already.

  72. And thus it came to pass that the mighty horde of knitters retired to their warm winter fires to knit some comfy slippers and to think upon the powerful forces unleashed by their fearless leader. She, being a knitter of good counsel, advises us to restrain our sharp and pointy needles and pens until the strategic time has arrived to make our voices heard again. We, being mannerly creatures, pay heed to these words of wisdom and bide our time. We waits.

  73. The thing about revenge fantasies is that the fantasy is usually the best part. Although, I have enacted a couple of revenges that have been far more satisfying than anything involving the original relationship. But then, I’m creative that way. Bwahahahha!

  74. I’ve been lurking around reading your blog for quite some time now and I love these clogs! I’ve gone to the site to buy the pattern but the closest yarn store to me is 300 miles! πŸ™
    Any clue as to how I could buy this pattern online?
    TIA

  75. I’ve been a silent reader for a while now. I feel strangely more attached to your blog now that I live in Toronto myself (a temporary transplant from the US).
    I love felted clogs–I have made this style three times (the first came out too big, if you can believe it), for my mom and for myself. They can be made quickly and easily and the results are satisfying and great for those who have cold feet!

  76. The HVAC guy just left my house with a $222(US) in his pocket. A few weeks ago, while hand washing my socks, I managed to flood my laundry room. Afterword the heat in one end of our house mysteriously stopped working. It took ages to get somebody to check out the situation. Lo and behold, water went down the vent, weighing down the duct, which collapsed.
    I can so relate to your breaking of Mr. Washie’s pump. Still we knit on, and on, and on…

  77. Love the colourways of the clogs. Yes, the Patons Merino is the one.
    I tried one set for frantic Christmas knitting for another yarn. They have been through the entire hot water cycle of five washing!!!, and even, in desperation, a trip to the drier. The soles finally are about size but the tops are still big enough for a giant.
    Any thoughts… other than cutting and sewing… or flower pots???

  78. Felting is such fun
    Not to mention the workout
    Running to washer.
    Since my washer’s in the cellar – it’s a race to check the agitation before the cycle changes:)! I love it, though. Paton’s merino is brilliant, but I love SWS as well.

  79. Aaaargh! Another wonderful pattern not available here in New Zealand- you’d think a country with 4 million people and 40 million sheep would be awash with wonderful yarn and patterns but NO. We do not get allsorts of stuff here.
    Does any kind and wonderful reader have a pattern that they no longer require?

  80. I have knit about 20 pair of the felted slippers and could probably knit 20 more for all the requests I have had. I recently learned about needle felting which is a great way to add life to a pair that are wearing out! Now I just use the leftovers to fill in thinning soles instead of knitting a whole new pair.
    I am quite enjoying your blog and look forward to it every day.

  81. I love the felted clog pattern. I have knit 4 pairs and currently my feet are toasty. The double sole is great for keeping feet warm on cold bare floors. Thanks for posting a pic of them in their pre felted stage, I always forget as I am too eager to get them into the wash as see what happens.
    Felt on!

  82. now this is something i could knit. no having to do the band to heel part of the sock. and i really like felting. you’ll be horrified to know that i prefer to felt from the fleece stage rather than spin it up to knit. but i could enjoy this project.
    i also felt that someone needs to defend the muggle. we are not all out to put an end to knitting. some of us appreciate and enjoy the handmades, some of us like to hold soft silk spun or or even course, raw natural sheeps fleece with a the odour (you know what i’m talking about) still clinging to it. some of us are not lucky enough to have that spark that makes a Knitter, but please do not put us into the same category as those who have no appreciation, no heart and sole (tee hee) for such a distinguised fibre art.

  83. That’s why I felt at a Laundromat! For the cost of a few dollars, and the slight inconvenience, it is not my problem. (And I mean this in the most non-malicious way. At least they can deduct the expense of repairs.)

  84. i’m working on a pair of these right now, for the step-father figure, who has size 13 feet! even though it’s taking a disturbingly long amount of time, i still adore this pattern.

  85. I really need to try that pattern. I’ve always liked it more than the one I have(their slipper pattern which I bought with the knowledge that dh prefers slippers) They just don’t fit quite right. There’s too much width or something-are our feet skinny?-should I tweak the pattern somehow? Neither of us wears them(see? Not just him, it’s me, too)

  86. I adore that pattern. More accurately, I seem to be addicted to that pattern. When I finish a pair, I immediately think “I know someone else who needs a pair of these” or “I wonder how they look in blue”. And so I must knit more. I’ve adjusted the backs higher for my mom who likes more of a slipper-boot; I’ve embroidered snowflakes over the toes for my sister for Christmas Clogs…I love them.
    I have a pair of baby blue ones for my stepmother waiting to be felted right now.

  87. A friend of mine, a fairly new knitter, picked that pattern because it said fast and easy. But she ended up forgetting the whole thing, because the stitch pattern changed every single row! She thought that “fast and easy” didn’t really apply to these clogs.
    They’re just wonderful..yours are fabulous! but are they really fast and easy for a beginner?

  88. I bought the Fiber Trends clog pattern after reading about it in your blog archives. (got it online from FT themselves, iirc) For Christmas I knit a pair for a friend and they came out perfectly. She didn’t take them off for 2 weeks (at least while she was in in her own house). Now that winter cold has finally arrived here in Wisconsin I’m thinking I need a pair for myself. Hers were in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, which felted wonderfully (none of the furry-ness of the Patons, though).
    When I came home from work today I found that my husband and sons and installed the Maytag front-loader washer we inherited from my MIL several years ago and which had been lurking in our garage ever since. To their additional credit, they had removed the 30-year-old Whirlpool it replaced; it was already loaded into the van for its final trip to Goodwill. My first thought, unfortunately, was not, “Oh, how wonderful! I have an almost-new washer!” No, I thought, “Damn, where am I going to felt stuff now?!”

  89. Hi, Jen here, creator of the infamous (love ’em or hate ’em, you be the judge) felted mukluks from Interweave Winter 05.
    Wanted to say, that it’s fun to make the clogs in different pure wools just to see the difference in the felting qualities of each. Using a different wool can actually address that narrower/wider fit issue without the newer revised version of the pattern, since all wools felt differently (some felt more lengthwise, and some more widthwise). When I’ve used Briggs and Little (Regal or Heritage), they’ve always turned out much wider (and a more subtle “nubbly” texture), than when I’ve used Lett Lopi (my personal fave…great colors, quick to felt, and fun, fun fuzz!).
    Also, a great alternative to a rubber-type spray (I can’t find it in the stix, here) for felted slipper (or mukluk) bottoms, and cheaper than leather, is fabric paint. Rub some into the bottom first to get it down on the sole (and not just on the outer fuzz), and then paint on some little smiley faces, or waves, or whatever with the bottle tip. You can find this for a dollar or two a tube in craft stores and sometimes dollar stores. You may have to reapply a few months later, but it works great. My oldest daughter wore her little felted slippers in my yarn shop when just learning to walk, even with melted snow all over the floor, without slipping once…after I put the fabric paint on the bottoms. (It only took one “banana peel” episode to convince me to give it a try.)
    For those who haven’t tried felting…give it a go…loads of fun, and worth it just for the “before and after” astonishment!

  90. I never tried felting either. Maybe it’s because I have a huge heap (and I mean a huge heap) of superwash wool from a sale at the mill or what the hell it was, maybe for the reasons described above.
    What a pity that you’re not so furious about the Blue Moon thing, I justwanted to squeeze your snail mail address from you because I have some handpaint in colours that, to my opinion, matched your yesterday’s mood:D… could make a nice furious scarf after strangling the bank CEO.

  91. ok.. i read your blog..a lot.. i love it.. i don’t comment too much though but the little turkish flag on your web stats represents me and today i came by to pay back since this week is de-lurking week.. πŸ™‚
    anyho.. the thing i want to tell you is a bit different.. but before i have to tell, i am not a stalker. heh, i am just your avarege just out of her teenage years type of knitter.. but i saw you in my dream last night. i remember that i saw your face very close and we were talking and then i told you after “ahh you are yarn harlot” and got very happy and all.. weird heh? oh and i have to tell you that your hair looks so fine and has a nice color in the “real” life… πŸ™‚

  92. ok.. i read your blog..a lot.. i love it.. i don’t comment too much though but the little turkish flag on your web stats represents me and today i came by to pay back since this week is de-lurking week.. πŸ™‚
    anyho.. the thing i want to tell you is a bit different.. but before i have to tell, i am not a stalker. heh, i am just your avarege just out of her teenage years type of knitter.. but i saw you in my dream last night. i remember that i saw your face very close and we were talking and then i told you after “ahh you are yarn harlot” and got very happy and all.. weird heh? oh and i have to tell you that your hair looks so fine and has a nice color in the “real” life… πŸ™‚

  93. ok.. i read your blog..a lot.. i love it.. i don’t comment too much though but the little turkish flag on your web stats represents me and today i came by to pay back since this week is de-lurking week.. πŸ™‚
    anyho.. the thing i want to tell you is a bit different.. but before i have to tell, i am not a stalker. heh, i am just your avarege just out of her teenage years type of knitter.. but i saw you in my dream last night. i remember that i saw your face very close and we were talking and then i told you after “ahh you are yarn harlot” and got very happy and all.. weird heh? oh and i have to tell you that your hair looks so fine and has a nice color in the “real” life… πŸ™‚

  94. ok.. i read your blog..a lot.. i love it.. i don’t comment too much though but the little turkish flag on your web stats represents me and today i came by to pay back since this week is de-lurking week.. πŸ™‚
    anyho.. the thing i want to tell you is a bit different.. but before i have to tell, i am not a stalker. heh, i am just your avarege just out of her teenage years type of knitter.. but i saw you in my dream last night. i remember that i saw your face very close and we were talking and then i told you after “ahh you are yarn harlot” and got very happy and all.. weird heh? oh and i have to tell you that your hair looks so fine and has a nice color in the “real” life… πŸ™‚

  95. That’s it! That explains why I’ve liked the *idea* of felting and the *look* of felting — but couldn’t manage to do it myself. It feels like ruining perfectly good knitting. But hey, those clogs look delicious…and would go wonderfly with my new laminate (read: cold) flooring. Hmmm…

  96. Please tell Shirley Goodwin of New Zealand that I will buy two of the patterns and send her one if she will send her address to you, as you have my Email address and can then send it to me; or contact me, and I will give you my address by snail mail and you can send it to me that way. Whatever is safest for us both. If she needs yarn, also, we can work that out, too.
    Thanks. Terry

  97. Your clogs are beautiful! Lovely colors! To me, felting is magic. Simply magic. Enjoy your new footwear!

  98. Who could blame anyone for being uneasy–even mugglesy–about felting?
    When you start looking at patterns for felted bags, and for embellishments–many of them over-large or elaborate–it seems more like a technique for selling lots of yarn than for making something useful and beautiful. But it’s a great technique for anything that needs to be really firm and insulative.
    While I like the Fiber Trends clogs, my current favorite slipper pattern is a boot pattern, for sizes tiny to huge, which can be purchased, as kits with leather sole, at http://pickupsticksonline.com/products/accessories/boots.php
    My favorite felting pattern is, of course, my own cowboy hat, though even after about twenty of them, it still gives me a bad moment once it’s bound off, and comes off the needles clearly too big ever to be a hat, though so far they have all come out just fine.
    One trick for avoiding damage to the washing machine: When you felt, unless you’re using a pillow case: remove the felted piece, wipe out any mats that have stuck to the tub, add a small amount of detergent, and run the machine for a full, empty, cold-water wash cycle to flush the filters and pipes.
    And if what emerges from the washing machine is matted, do the initial shaping, and then take a pet brush to it repeatedly as it dries. Trim off any mats remaining with scissors, and judiciously shape the halo of fuzz or, if you don’t care for it, shave it off with a disposable razor.

  99. Beautiful clogs — I think you’ve added another item to my “must-knit” list!
    So there I was, all het up about the sock club injustice, and craving some of this yarn that everyone says is so wonderful, and off I went to Blue Moon to order my own STR yarn. Only to find that it’s yet another store that plays guessing games with customers and won’t tell you shipping costs up front. Sheesh. Sometimes I wonder whether some yarn sellers even *look* at their web sites. Have they never been customers themselves? What are they thinking.
    Sigh. It looks like lovely yarn, but it’s also clear the company is not that interested in having customers. If they were, they wouldn’t be coy about costs. Oh well.

  100. They look really great but I’m afraid to felt anything. How do you get them to fit? I guess I’d try a bag or something but nothing that actually had to fit me. Yikes.

  101. Your clogs are gorgeous! mmm….think I need to heed the machine warning before the DH finds a clogged motor.

  102. I knit a pair of these just before opening the new restaurant. I have been so thankful for having something cozy to slip on at the end of a busy night many times! I love the colors you chose.

  103. I love to felt, now even when Mark does it by accident I don’t get excited I just get out the scissors and create something new.
    Blue Moon should probably send that bank a TY note for all the publicity & their new bank might want to send on as well.

  104. I agree with you about one thing (the clogs are terrific), but not about the other (the lack of response to Blue Moon’s original bank). I’ve worked as an editor on economics and business books for most of my adult life, and one thing that businesses understand is “the consumer voting with his or her dollars”. I do not patronize stores or organizations that hold views counter to mine–perhaps as a throwback to the 60s activism when we didn’t buy products made by Dow Chemical (to protest the manufacture of napalm) or non-union lettuce (in support of Cesar Chavez). In this case, if I am holding the credit card issued by this bank, I’d like to cancel it and replace it with one issued by a more “knitter-friendly” and “women’s business friendly” bank. This is not a vendetta, but my chance to exercise free speech in the market place in a way that will get some notice.

  105. I’ve been holding on to some clogs I knit for my son, they still need to be felted but I’m afraid…and I am a felter. I’m afraid they will end up to small…. yours are just beautiful!

  106. I don’t even knit, and I love those clogs. I may have to learn just to make them πŸ™‚

  107. I’ve heard several people complain about this pattern, but it looks very nice. I knitted Fiber Trend’s children’s felted clog pattern and they came out perfectly. We just have that special talent, Stephanie….;->
    Ang

  108. i love the clogs!
    but then again, i’m a felting fool.
    i love the fact that you can’t see any mistakes.
    and that it becomes more of a solid fabric so that nothing pokes through without effort.

  109. Hi, A first time commentor here on your blog. (Been reading it for a couple months) So ummm, just wondering, did you read all 500+ comments from the previous post? That number would certainly surprise that bank huh? Wish I could afford to get in on the STR club, maybe next year!

  110. WEll okay maybe knitting socks for the bank president isn’t such a good idea. But the mental image sure did make me laugh.

  111. “Foot-garages under the computer.”
    Darn it. I was trying to think of a reason to make these, couldn’t, and had just about convinced myself that that was a good thing. And then Rams came along…. *sigh*
    (I’ll thank you later. So will my feet.)

  112. I made 11 (yes, that says ELEVEN) pair one Christmas. Swore them off for years. They were fun, but I burned out. Although the looks on the faces when they unwrapped their unfelted clogs was priceless… As for fear of sizing? Take them out periodically and check on them. You’ll see when they get close. You can also stretch them a bit before you hit them with the cold water rinse if you get carried away with the shrinkage.
    Knit three replacement pair this year, the ones for my Mom were actually round 3 she wears hers so much. I use the FiberTrends suede bottoms on them.

  113. It’s a day late but I want to wish Harlot and everyone else a Happy St Distaff’s Day.
    According to my daily meditation book, January 12th, St. Distaff’s Day is “named for the women’s spinning tool that holds the flax, tow or wool being spun. In England and northern Europe, women went back to their spinning on St. Distaff’s Day after Yule and/or Christmas celebrations.”
    Although I honestly doubt that too many of us have been away from our spinning or knitting that long!
    Source: Pagan Every Day; Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives by Barbara Ardinger

  114. I do agree with the nameless podcaster that the instructions are difficult to read, but the wonder that is a felted pair of clogs is well worth the frogging. Even if I did have to knit my dad’s slippers two and one half times. Felting is the best magic trick ever.

  115. Wow, those clogs are gorgeous! I don’t have a washer/dryer so I do handfelting. It seems to work just as well; it just takes longer.
    I’m working on a purse now that I’m tempted to felt but haven’t decided yet.

  116. Stephanie,
    I’ve made many, many, many of the Fibre Trends clogs and love them to pieces – literally. I wear them so ofter the soles wear out. So I have started to cover the soles with the stuff that they put on the feet of children’s sleepers – it’s white, washable, nonslippery, and cheap. I buy a couple yards at my local fabric store. I lay a clog on a piece of it and outline it and cut it out. Then I fold in an edge and whip stitch it to the sole. It only takes a couple of minutes and it stops the wear. Besides making them less slippery, it makes them moisture resistant for when I have to make a quick dash outside into the snow.

  117. They should release the names. The only thing that I would do is like… crack eggs into each CEO’s mailbox. Maybe TP their house. Just harmless things… I swear!

  118. Dear Stephanie,
    I am a new knitter and have just finished two of your books – Yarn Harlot and At Knit’s End. I am quite impressed that your family is vegetarian and that you describe yourself as eco-friendly. It is great that you respect all life enough to consider that “a moth is to wool what yin is to yang”. However, I find it difficult to reconcile this peaceable mindset with the fact that you knit with wool. There is so much suffering involved in the wool industry, as explained on this site http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=55. I know that most professional knitters, like yourself, look down on man-made fibers but it would make a difference to the animals and to the environment (wool leaves a larger eco-footprint because of agri-business practices) if more efforts were placed in promoting the use of artificial and natural non-animal fibers.
    All the best.

  119. I just read the whole bank thing. OMG! Can anyone be so narrow minded??? I still think you need to slip and tell us the name of the bank. I wouldnt be mean, I promise. I might email the chairperson of said commitee every single sock pattern I have, all the pics of mine and my friends completed socks and of course my epistle on the virtues of sock knitting and its effect on the north american inhabitants. Idiots…

  120. Beautiful! And very inspiring. My DH finally wants some handknit slippers like those clogs. But I will put suede bottoms on them. A lady at our LYS is now in a cast for a broken arm. She was wearing the clogs on her hardwood floors πŸ™

  121. Just wanted to jump on the bandwagon and give a cheer for Patons classic merino. Not only does it do a fantastic job felting, it is also great to dye (I usually use Kool-aid but other food coloring-think icing here-also work great). As for carefulness in knitting…why? This is the one time when you can just go as fast as you can and the occassional oops will fix itself. You also don’t really need to worry about guage. The looser the better when it comes to felting. When there is more room between the stitches it gives the scales on the fiber more room to grab ahold of each other. The item you will be felting just needs to be about 50% bigger in all directions than you want the finished project to be (it will loose a third of it’s size-roughly-during the felting process.
    Now, I have a question for all of the spinners out there. Can anyone tell me the best drop spindle for spinning a lace weight or sock weight yarn? I have a basic beginners Louet top whorl and I can only get my singles so fine and then they start breaking. It seems to be from either a too heavy spindle, inexperience on my part, or most likely both. Thanks!
    Oh, and when is your new book’s release date?

  122. I also love the clogs and can’t wait to try the oven mitts. I think one reason I like the clog pattern so much, aside from speed, comfort, and the magic of felting, is that turning the heel is my favorite part of making socks this pattern is basically like turning a great big very long heel.

  123. Hi from a knitter in the Northeast of England. I was sent Harn Harlot for Christmas and enjoyed it so much I’m trying to blog for the first time! Anyone out there from my neck of the woods? Other firsts: this year I’m going to felt and – shock horror- try knitting socks…Should be good for a blog or two!!

  124. You know those bank officials may not be muggles. They sound like Dementers to me or even dare I say it working for you know who…

  125. Love the clogs. Fiber trends patterns do not appear to be available in the Uk> Can you help-is there anyone who sells this pattern online with paypal? Thanks

  126. Webs,com has Fiber Trends felting patterns, both the clogs and mittens.
    http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1202-1209-1217/0/0/1585/
    Unfortunately, they don’t seem to take Paypal. (I loveit, too.)
    I bought the clog pattern, took one look at the instructions, and set it aside. I usually prefer patterns that don’t require row-by-row changes. However, I just started a sock for the first time, so perhaps I’ll give it try next. My hubby would llove a pair of those.

  127. I ditto the comments regarding Patons Classic Merino Wool! I’ve done two felting projects with it and while I agree, it sometimes seems silly to “ruin” knitting by intentially shrinking it, I love how soft Patons Classic Merino Wool is! I just finished a double knit hat (with a snowflake intarsia pattern I designed) that is about to go through the wash (crosses fingers).

  128. I know what you mean about the clog. After having my landlord call a repair man and watch him like a hawk, I am now very adept at unclogging the drain line on my laundry machine.

  129. I have shrank things through the years without meaning to.. but to shrink things on purpose? When I finish the new grandson’s few things… *I’m almost done, lol* I will try. The foot garages sound and looks so wonderful!
    About the bank situation.. I agree. They, Blue Moon, is a class act, I guess it is because they, the bank, attacked one of our own that made us so defensive. No one should attack a yarn store, it brings out the ram in us… * I know. bad , bad*

  130. LOVE those slippers! I can’t wait to make some myself! Felting is so much fun…..I too get all excited watching my work felt to something even cooler than it started out….especially since you knit it SO big that only a giant would appreciate it. tee-hee

  131. thanks for that washing machine motor tip. Had to have mine replaced TWICE. fool me once…. … these remind me of those charming boiled wool slippers which can be found in france. gonnna make ’em! thanks again, our muse!

  132. My first comment to Stephanie…
    Love the clogs.
    guy knitter here…canuck too (cowtown).
    I’ve made 4 pairs of FT clogs so far…all turned out perfectly (IMHO). Two pairs were Paton’s Classic, and two pairs Cascade 220. Funny, none of mine were furry. Both a dense, smooth finished felt. The Patons felt turned slightly fuzzy, but a bit thicker than the 220.
    I don’t do the bumpers, i like the clogs a bit sleeker.
    Cheers,
    Jake

  133. My first comment to Stephanie…
    Love the clogs.
    guy knitter here…canuck too (cowtown).
    I’ve made 4 pairs of FT clogs so far…all turned out perfectly (IMHO). Two pairs were Paton’s Classic, and two pairs Cascade 220. Funny, none of mine were furry. Both a dense, smooth finished felt. The Patons felt turned slightly fuzzy, but a bit thicker than the 220.
    I don’t do the bumpers, i like the clogs a bit sleeker.
    Cheers,
    Jake

  134. I have made the Fiber Trends Clogs for my grandchildren and I love this pattern as well.
    I second your warning about the washer….I still have friends who ignore me on this and in time I will get to sa, ‘I told you so.’

  135. Thanks for the warning about the washer–I’ve been planning a felting project and my Mate would not be nearly as forgiving about the washer bill as he is about the ginormous yarn stash.

  136. OOh, they look so warm! Must go track down a good online source, since no where local carries it!
    Suggestions for a good Canadian site anyone?

  137. I think I need to point out that if you use a lingerie bag to felt, it should be the kind that has extremely fine mesh, because one with larger holes will allow blobs of fiber to escape. Since my lingerie bag has 1/4 inch holes, I use the zippered cover for the dog bed to hold anything I need to felt.

  138. Wow…I was just about to start knitting the exact clog pattern and had bought Paton’s wool instead of what it called for but was curious about the guage difference. If anyone knows the adjustment, I’d love to know…or maybe it doesn’t matter that much. I’m a new knitter and have never felted so this is all new to me but exciting! Thanks for the advice…

  139. As usual, LOVE the clogs! Love them. I still don’t know why you ever made those felted sock thingies when there are clogs to felt. I’m wearing mine now! In fact, I bought a multi-colored targee cross fleece that isn’t spinning up nice so I’m planning (at Nate’s suggestion) to spin it into a thick single and make some naturally multi-colored clogs! I could even make 2 pair! It will be glorious.
    Also, hi! I haven’t commented in awhile, so I’m saying hi. Greetings from the uncommonly freak-freezing Seattle area!

  140. Thanks for the tip on saving washing machine motors, Stephanie! whoops – felted a bag in my SISTER’s washing machine just last week. I think I’ll just keep verrrry quiet.
    I have the clogs waiting to be knitted. YUM. Did you put a sole on them?

  141. For Heather and others who are looking for the Fibre Trends felted clog pattern for purchase online, Ram Wools has three different ones, one children and two adult.

  142. I just bought my pattern for both the adult and the kid version, along with enough wool to do the kids.
    My husband (bless his soul) agreed to stop by the yarn store, after he finished at the motorcycle shop (a few doors down and across the street–no one wonders why I love to ride with to the bike shop–he gets to look, and so do I he he).
    Of course, then he saw the receipt and about flipped!!! I still have a lot to teach him, especially about the value of GOOD yarn, verses the Wal-Mart CR*P!!! and the idea that Felt is Good!
    Can’t wait to start! πŸ™‚ !!!

  143. Is there a revised version of this pattern? I bought mine a year or 2 ago and finally got around to knitting a couple of pairs of clogs for Christmas this year. I used Lamb’s pride worsted held double (as pattern said) and the uppers of both pair of clogs were HUGE! They were so wide I had to send the clogs thru the washie twice (after I thought they were felted enough the first time) and then thru the dryer! Is it because I used a yarn that has mohair in it? I was thinking of trying to knit them with a single strand instead of a double to see if it worked better. I love Patons wool and have plenty in my stash so maybe I should try that first. Any suggestions?

  144. Dear Stephanie,
    I want you to know that you personally are responsible for saving my washer from the evil pump-killing fuzzies. Thank you for that! Ever since I heard about your washer’s tribulations, this is how I felt in my machine: I do not put my items in a zippered anything, because I want to just fish them out and look at them every few minutes and check their progress. When I’m satisfied with the degree of felting, I stop the machine, retrieve my felted items, and rinse them out in a nearby slop sink. (a bucket would work too, to carry them to a sink that’s convenient for you.) I let the wash water cool off a few minutes, and then I go in with a fine mesh sieve and retrieve all the fuzzies. Then I turn on the washer again and let the water drain. The end.

  145. A friend got me making these clogs last March, let’s call her “Sophie”. I’ll never forgive her. I’m on my, I think, pair #20. My list never ends.
    I think I’ll be “clogging” my entire community before I’m through. And then I’ll have to start over because they’ll all want replacement, or “work” pairs.
    I’ve been messing around a little with colors, which is interesting.
    However, it’s really hell. I’ll never forgive “Sophie” for making me a slave to everyone I know, a slave to Paton’s, a slave to my #13 needles. My friends and family mock my Patons collection (while picking out their colors, mind you).
    Plus, I really need to buy some Patons stock…

  146. Clogs! My favorite! I have made about 10 pair as well. . .started with making my daughters (25 and 27) each a pair. I use Lamb’s Pride by Brown Sheep for most of them, and then after they are felted, I needle felt designs on them. FUN. Another hint. To get them to dry in less than a week! Invest in a PEET boot dryer ($30.00 approximately). Works like magic. Perfectly and completely dry in less than two days!

  147. I inadvertently copied your clogs to the letter last week. Brilliant, brilliant pattern, although I found my own way to lazy it up. If you work a provisional cast-on for the sole, you can eliminate all but about 2″ of the seaming.
    Where there’s a will to skip steps, there’s a way.

  148. Thanks to the knitter that posted the commendt about the revised Fiber Trends Felted Clog pattern which may includes an option for the narrower foot. I will be looking for it.

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