My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Knitted Shoes?

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.

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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.

Another WIP

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.

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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.

Loki

Here is what Loki looks like in the mornings when I am getting ready for work.

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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. icon smile Knitted Shoes?

 

Comments

  1. elvisneedsboats says:

    OMG! One of my cats HATES scents. I have never seen a cat do that before, but he squints and backs away when I put on hand lotion (I admit, it’s pretty fragrant, but it smells nice!). He doesn’t even have to be near me. I’ll see him sniffing the air and squinting from 6 feet away!

  2. What a lovely cardigan…hum…oh wait, I promised myself I can only start a new project if I finish one!!

  3. My cat, Louis hates my perfume too :)

  4. You can wear perfume to work? Where I worked they banned scents…..and after a while I became sensitive to wearing it after hours…….I am glad you can still wear it. I always liked a subtle scent…..banning it was extreme. Loki is adorable :)
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  5. Charlotte says:

    When finished with Kamilla’s, you may want to try Tina’s version knitting directly into high heels. Originally in the first Craft magazine (I still have my copy), it’s also online at http://makezine.com/projects/knitted-boots/
    :)

  6. My two Maine Coon cats react the same as Loki.. I LOVE Coco. Have you indulged in a bar of the soap yet?

  7. Marietta Thompson says:

    I have a 14 y/o Pointer (bird dog) – she prefers Shalimar! Go figure. . . .

  8. Hubby once put Bengay on his knee and went to bed, only to be awakened by an odd sensation – cat lying on comforter over knee and licking it like mad. The comforter was sodden. Some days later, he had some Bengay on his finger and Feisty (now long deceased, but not from this) came nosing around, so he held the finger out to him, figuring he’d sniff it. He did – and licked it. Poor guy took off racing around the house and literally foaming at the mouth. Hubby (nor cat) did that again.

  9. When you first mentioned “knitted shoes” my first thought was “that is just crazy” then I looked at the link and I totally get it. I don’t plan on knitting shoes, but I totally get the attraction and I can’t wait to see yours done!

  10. Coco, which is lovely to my nose, has a bit of an animalic scent. Maybe Loki picked up on that. Or maybe it was just the alcohol. My kitties always got mad when I used rubbing alcohol to clean bathroom mirrors.

    I hope your Chucks get some wear, at least for a photo session!

  11. Thanks for the tutorial! I agree, not sure if I’d ever actual wear them, but I love a good crafting challenge! :)
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  12. Love the look of the knitted shoes! Are the knitting pieces attached to the actual parts of the shoe or do they replace those parts?

  13. No cats I know like the smell of perfume.