My knitted shoes are done.
To recap, I stumbled across a tutorial on how to knit your own shoes last month and couldn’t resist. I acquired a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and jumped in with both feet. (See what I did there?)
I created paper templates for all the pieces that I had to knit and then created charts from my templates. I won’t go into detail on how the shoes were created, because that is covered in the tutorial I purchased.
Mods — I left the area where the shoelace eyelets are “un-knit” because several people on Ravelry who created shoes using the tutorial mentioned how difficult it was to deal with the eyelets and grommets. Because my shoes are black and my background yarn is black, I think my solution works very well.
I did a black i-cord edging all around the knitted portion of the shoe to give a nice finish.
And I knit i-cord shoelaces out of the foreground color, just for fun!
I used Malabrigo Sock in “black” for the background and Fiberstory Fave in “Lagoon” for the foreground color. With a US size 3 (3.25mm) needle, I got a gauge of 8 stitches and 8 rows to the inch over my fair isle chart — this is my typical gauge for fairisle knit with fingering or jumperweight yarn.
I can’t see myself wearing these on a daily basis, but I may whip them out for any future knitting events I attend.
The winner of my review copy of Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen is Beth G., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.
I made Loki a new wand toy last night — drilled a hole in a sturdy bamboo dowel and attached some heavy twine to it, with a little straw wheel at the other end.
Loki pronounced it delectable, and played until he could play no more. Then it was naptime!