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Princess Shoes

I just loved the Elf Shoes pattern so much (see previous post “Felted Fairy Slippers”) I had to make another pair. This time, I made them into Princess Shoes for my extremely regal niece who turned 4 years old in May.

Princess Shoes

Princess Shoes

They were made using the same pattern, with Létt-Lopi wool in pink and white. Once felted, I added pearl and lace details to make them more princess-y.

My niece told me they were Jasmine shoes, because of the pointy toes. 😀

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Felted fairy slippers

I made those slippers for my partner in the “For the love of Faeries swap” on Craftster. I used the pattern “Elf shoes” on Ravelry. Once they were felted and dry I added chain stitch swirls in acrylic yarn and clear plastic beads to make them go from “elf shoes” to “fairy shoes”!

Fairy slippers

Fairy slippers

This being my first felting experience, I was a bit scared by the size of the slippers as I knitted them! They were huge clown slippers! Fortunately, they shrunk a lot during the felting process. To felt, I used the washing machine method described on knitty.com. I used old pillow cases to prevent fibers from clogging the machine. I used the heavy setting on the machine, very hot water and my normal laundry detergent. I checked every five minutes like they said in the Knitty article and I had to remove the slippers before the end of the cycle. I let the pillow cases get washed through the cycle but removed the slippers.

To block, I used plastic bags. I stuffed the slippers with them until I was satisfied with the shape. I was a bit worried about the smell: they smelled like a wet dog! For two days! Yeah, it took two days for the slippers to completely dry and for the smell to go.

Fortunately, everything was okay in the end and my partner loved her new slippers!

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This is the reason I started knitting again (these were done even before the baby blanket, sorry for the mess-up…). When I grew up, every house I went to had a ton of these slippers. We had a bunch in our home too. So in my mind Home = Phentex Slippers. (Weird I know!)

When I moved out of my parents’ house and in with my boyfriend in May 2007, of course I had to make myself a couple of pairs of these slippers!! So I asked my mom to re-show me how to knit for the umpteenth time. And here is the result!

Traditional slippers

Traditional slippers

So far I have made one pair. And it’s a bit too small for me… But I still wear them! I have another pair on needles somewhere. The thing with pairs is that when you finish, you’re not really done, you’re only halfway done. That bugs me… I’m not patient enough for pairs I think!

This is the pattern I used. It’s in French.

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