Sunday, March 16, 2008

FO: Mary Jane Slippers


The March 2008 Finishing Frenzy continues! Behold my new Mary Jane Slippers, which are comfortable and cute, if a little hazardous on hardwood floors. I used two colours of Moda Dea Washable Wool and 4.0mm needles. For my size-9.5 feet, I followed the pattern as written and then added two rows of garter stitch before binding off the upper, just to add a bit of height. The slippers definitely fit, but if I were to knit another pair for myself, I would pick up more stitches around the sole -- maybe just an extra 6 or 8 stitches -- just so they didn't have to stretch quite so much in the length.

Before settling on a dancing-on-the-ceiling shot (see above), I tried a few standing-on-the-floor photos, but Mooky kept intercepting at the last second. I ended up with half a dozen photos that include a part of one of my feet and a furry black blur, plus this one (which gives you a sense of Mooky's gigantism):


As for the status of other WIPs, there will certainly be more FOs in the near future.

a. Swallowtail Shawl: Knitting is finished; I'm waiting for blocking wires to arrive.
b. Gilmore Vest: All that's left to knit is the ribbing around one armhole and the neck.
c. Wallpaper Mittens: I spent one evening knitting the lining and cuff on mitten 2 -- on the wrong size needles. D'oh.
d. Vinterblomster Mittens: Starting to decrease for the top of mitten 1.

Oh, and I also whipped up a tiny pair of socks for a new baby. I got the news that a friend from grad school just had a baby, so obviously I had to drop my reading and start knitting.


I've already mailed them off. Will I ever actually knit for a baby I can see in real life? Every baby item I've knit has been sent off in the mail. (Dear local non-knitting friends: Please have babies.)

Also, thanks to those who commented on my last post. I won't get around to doing the actual dyeing till summer, but I added some brown dye to my Knit Picks order. Whatever I end up doing, I'll definitely experiment on small amounts of the yarn first!

19 comments:

ingrid said...

Mooky looks HUGE in that shot. He's an Amazon kitty.

The slippers are awesome. And I totally agree that they're dangerous on hardwood floors, especially if you're accident prone like me.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Too bad I'm a local knitter (and not a non-knitter)... I'm feeling very pregnant these days, LOL.

Chris said...

Hmm, Chaos and Mooky are BOTH gigantic, aren't they?!

Those are cute slippers - time to dot the bottoms with puff paint or that rubbery stuff for coating the handles of tools...

OpheliaKnits said...

I wear slippery socks when I play chase with my dog, around the house (it connects in a big loop with slippery floors alternating carpeted ones) to even the playing field, since he slips on hard floors anyways.

Veronique said...

The Mary Jane slippers are super cute! I can see a heart created by all the shaping :)

Ellen said...

Everything is so cute, especially the baby socks. I am inspired by your effort to finish WIPs; I'm trying but some things just jump to the front of the queue, like Spirogyra from the Spring Knitty. I'm surprised they didn't make your list.

melissa said...

i love those slippers! but i'm glad you warned of the danger on hardwoods - slipping on my own hand knit slippers is exactly the kind of thing i would do! i'm not really known for my grace. ;)

sue said...

The slippers look great. Do you need to stitch some felt onto the bottoms so their not slippery or perhaps some puffy paint. I adore those baby socks, just so cute.

DJB said...

Wah! Size 9.5!!!

Kwana said...

I love those mary Janes. They are too cute!

Dísa said...

Good lord! Mooky is huge!

Christine said...

Those look great. I think Mooky wants some mini Mary Jane's (or just thinks he does)

gleek said...

totally cute mary janes!! i saw a tutorial on someone's blog about using silicon bathroom caulking for some traction. that might be a little intense for these though!

claudia said...

First, the Mookster is ENORMOUS. He could so take down Igor.

Second, you must really be desperately trying to avoid that reading.

Third. Cute slippers!

Seanna Lea said...

You are doing a marvellous job on the WIP to FO front. It's my plan for this week (instead of reading cheesy books), because I got almost no knitting done over the weekend.

kris said...

i want slippers just like that! they are incredibly cute! *running off to raid stash*

Octopus Knits said...

I LOVE your slippers, and wow, does Mooky look enormous!

The baby socks are great, and I look forward to seeing your progress on the Vinterblomster Mittens and your other WIPs / soon to be FOs : )

ivoryfrog said...

I love those baby socks!

I would love to be able to knit socks but I just can't seem to get the hang of it - I'm a very basic knitter- in that I mean I can knit and purl and usually end up doing scarves or blankets (ie, squares and rectangles)

LOL.

One day I may learn and knit some for my kids. lol - might solve the odd sock problem.

Jane said...

What yarn did you use for the socks?