As I mentioned in past blog posts, I happened across this tutorial for knitted shoes on Ravelry a little while ago. This is just the sort of project that appeals to me, so before I knew it, I had a new pair of Chuck Taylors and some sock yarn, ready to go.
I purchased black shoes because I decided to do my pattern as a fair isle with a variegated foreground and a black background. I am using Malabrigo sock yarn for the black, and some lovely Fiberstory Fave sock yarn in the “Lagoon” colorway that The Loopy Ewe just started carrying.
I measured the shoes six ways to Sunday and developed my charts for each piece to be knitted. Because of the oddly-shaped pieces I needed to knit, I settled on a relatively small all-over pattern.
At this point I have the “tongues” for both shoes done, as well as the little strip that goes up the back. I’ve completed the left side for each shoe and am working on a right side.
There will be a lot of i-cord to be knit to use as an edging around the knitted portions.
Will I ever wear knitted shoes? Unlikely. But this was a challenge I could not resist.
Because I didn’t want to have to schlep my shoes-in-progress to the office, I cast on for something else that is more easily transported.
This is the start of pour moi, a lovely cardigan designed by Lori Versaci and I am knitting it . . . wait for it . . . pour moi.
I am using Wollmeise Merino DK in the Stella Polaris colorway and went down a needle size to get gauge — to a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm).
This has been pretty much commuter knitting only, so I don’t have much progress. Yet.
As an aside, it is possible to put a whole skein of Wollmeise Merino DK into a Chic-a single yarn keeper, but just barely. A skein has 468 yards so it makes a very large ball when wound. But I successfully jammed it in there. I always have my working yarn in one of these yarn keepers if at all possible.
Here is what Loki looks like in the mornings when I am getting ready for work.
He lies on top of a dresser and oversees the process because clearly I need monitoring. I particularly like the one little arm hanging down in a casual manner.
I wear perfume every day. This morning after I applied fragrance (Chanel Coco) Loki stretched his neck out and sniffed me. Then he squinted and recoiled, looking disgusted. I guess he doesn’t like Chanel.
Seriously, though, he is not a fan of perfume. I expect that with the heightened sense of smell that cats have, it is a little overwhelming when first applied. I make a point of not getting too close to him right after I apply perfume but this morning he made the first move. 🙂