Butterflies on the Toes

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Oh, finally there’s something that looks like winter outside! You’d think that living at the end of the world (Fin-land, right?) – and in the most northern capital of Europe – we’d have winter from October. Not so this year: it was dark, wet, windy and autumn-y up until now. We started the New Year without a grain of snow! But now the winter is finally here, there’s lots of snow, the sun is shining and it’s -14 C… About time for warm slippers, which is exactly my most recent project that I was supposed to finish before starting my first “designer piece” in wrister department.

First of all look at the raw “product” from which the slippers started. "Raw material"Now it does look kind of ugly, doesn’t it? 😀 I myself actually hate this phase of making this kind of slippers because after hours of knitting you end up with something that looks like sacks for not particularly “appetizing” products. On the other hand, it’s just the “raw material” for felted slippers that don’t require any hard “hands work” and water-and-soap usually required for felting. This fact alone redeems the “ugly sack phase” for me. All that’s needed is knitting, sewing up the seams, crocheting a border and tossing these things into a washing machine. Admittedly, this time it took me 3 times of washing and spinning until the slippers shrunk to the size I needed. And all that just because I was too impatient to start and decided to knit them using another kind of yarn than indicated in knitting instructions…

Oh yes, I did use knitting instructions. This is not my original design, neither is it my original idea: it was the courtesy of a wonderful free knitting pattern page DROPS Design. If you’re into knitting, check it out! They have enormous amounts of gorgeous designs, great ideas and interesting techniques. Even if you hate knitting from a pattern, there’s lots of inspiration there.

And so, after knitting, sewing, crocheting, washing, re-washing and re-re-washing, adding slip-stopping designs on the soles and drying them all through the night, and then adding embellishments on the tops… Ta-da, the great wintry accessory!

Now I may not yet be a very good photographer but it is still apparent that these cute cosy butterfly slippers are far from the ugly things they started life as, right? 🙂 Mhm, and they’re even not for me – it’ll again be a gift for someone else. I hope she’ll enjoy them!

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