So, About Mom

This is one of the slippers that I made her for Christmas. My main problem with these (and I likely would have corrected if I hadn't been running short on time) is that the way I made them, the back is just a straight seem from the top to the heel. That leaves some wasted fabric just under the heel as it's generally a little more rounded. So, when I started this new pair, I put on one of my mom's slippers (I'm the model here, lucky mom and I have similarish sized feet) and pinched off the excess fabric at the bottom and counted the number of stitches I was holding on one side. (Okay, so I was also working out some gauge and needle size issues too. Apparently I've either tightened up or the yarn I picked out this time is fatter than the yarn I used last time.) So what I did was I subtracted those stitches that were just kinda useless from the original cast on and then slowly added them back a bit at a time, as you can see below, the heels of the two slippers look pretty different. Unfortunately, until I can get a helper or get to the point where I work in the round for the toe, I don't think I can get it to sit nicely on my foot for a photo. (And, yes, I don't need to use three needles yet, but it pleases me to do it that way.)

There was one thing my mom's mentioned that she'd like changed about the slippers. Cushion/support. My thoughts are that since I tend to by extra yarn just in case I might run out (which was a good thing because I needed a little extra on the last pair that I would use the gobs I have left to knit another sole and sew it on the bottom. Mom thought that it would also be wise to add something like a shoe insert for extra cushion/support whatever. Not to mention I still need to get the little suede gripper things. Or I could try some other way to prevent Mom from slipping and sliding around the house. (Though it might be fun to watch her slide all over the place...)

Bright Blessings!



Dad's sock
I've been silent. That's mainly because I haven't been knitting all that much. Maybe a row here and there as I'm waiting to clock in at work, but nothing of great progress. Partly because most of my knitting  is put away when I'm not working on it because one idiot finds he can't resist eating it.

That's going to change for a bit here, I hope. I have two knitted gift deadlines looming. My Dad's birthday in the first week of May, and Mother's day the following Sunday. Not to mention that I'll likely make another pair of socks for my dad on Father's day too.

So, yeah, Dad's getting more socks. It was either that or buy him gravel for his fish tank. Mom is getting another pair of slippers. She said something after Christmas that she might need another pair, as I had commented she was wearing them all the time. There are also several improvements both she and I would like to add to them. I'l do a post detailing that later as I'm trying to keep these as much of a surprise as possible. It's a little difficult when I'm currently living back with them. We'll see how well I do.

Bright Blessings!