Nola SlippersApril 2, 2011
I just finished knitting these slippers on the plane on our way to Utah. The guys will be skiing, but my bad knees and I will be having our own fun off the hill. I will be driving into Salt Lake City one day to hang out at Blazing Needles and then I am excited to be meeting up with my food blogger friend, Maria, from Two Peas and Their Pod for lunch one day.
I read a post where Adrian Bizilia, one of my favorite knitting designers, wrote about these slippers and I wanted to make some. I thought they were so cute. They are written for a man’s size so I thought I would go ahead and knit a pair for one of the men in my family (Barry has claimed them) and see how they measured out. I could then adapt them later to make a pair for myself, possibly.
The pattern calls for these to be knitted in a worsted weight, held double, which is what I did (although I saw a few people on Ravelry knit these with bulky weight yarn, single). I used Ecolana, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend from AslanTrends. I did change the pattern a little – I did stockinette stitch on the top, the tongue part, instead of garter stitch. I just thought it looked nicer.
The slippers are knit flat, on a circular needle, in one piece and then sewn up at the end to make the slipper. I used kitchener stitch on the bottom to knit up the sole and that created a nice flat seam that is comfortable.
They were so fun and a very quick knit. It was fun to use #9 needles with big yarn after all the fingering weight yarns I’ve been using and tiny needles. I can see in the future if I knit these again it would be fun to knit the tongue in a completely different color – I’m definitely going to do that! Maybe even a variegated yarn. Oooh…. the possibilities.
This is what I’m doing in the condo while the guys are skiing and I am a very happy camper.