My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Yes, Knitted Shoes

My knitted shoes are done.

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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I did a black i-cord edging all around the knitted portion of the shoe to give a nice finish.

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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. icon smile Yes, Knitted Shoes

Book Giveaway

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.

Loki

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.

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Loki pronounced it delectable, and played until he could play no more. Then it was naptime!

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Comments

  1. Those are adorable extra-special sneakers!
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  2. Great shoes! I did have a small chuckle at the long white cat hair on the back – just like at my house – everything goes better with cat hair!

  3. The shoes are amazing and Loki is adorable!

  4. They turned out super cute!

  5. Love your new shoes! They are marvelous and inspirational….and Loki is handsome devil.

  6. Special shoes for sure…..Loki is a gem!

  7. I love those shoes! The mind boggles at the potential for starry Chucks, stripey Chucks, even Chucks with intarsia TARDISes! Yes, I shall have to make some!

  8. The shoes are awesome! And the kitty, exhausted.

  9. These are SO amazing. I don’t think I’d ever make them, but they are so great.

  10. Mary Tole says:

    I am always impressed by your abilities. How do they feel when you put them on? How about a picture of them with your feet in them? I like Loki’s new toy and apparently he did too:)

  11. Anne Marie B says:

    Awesome shoes! Well done!

  12. So cute, something my grangirl would like

  13. Gillian V says:

    The shoes are fabulous!

  14. Interesting concept…and wonderful execution as always…. I hope to see you modeling them in person on one of your tours someday!
    Blogless Mary Lou

  15. Julie Beaver says:

    wow on the knit sneakers!

  16. I don’t know which is cuter–your new shoes or Loki! Can’t decide!

  17. Your shoes are amazing! I love them! Love Loki too!

  18. Gosh, I love your shoes! I don’t know that I would ever knit a pair but I would love them if I got them as a gift. Loki is so sweet!

  19. Love them and would wear them on a regular basis making sure I told every person I encountered that I knitted my shoes! :-)

  20. Marcy Doane says:

    These shoes are a real work of art! I am duly impressed. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  21. Charlotte says:

    wow, you always do outstanding work, but these rise above your norm!

  22. Fuego Azul says:

    Wow!!! You did an excellent job on those shoes!! Very beautiful!! :)

  23. Awesome!!
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  24. Lynne in Florida says:

    The shoes are tres cool! I think the eyelet solution works great, and I love the i-cord binding on all the pieces – it’s a neat finish. A lot of work, but you’ll knock some socks off (see what I did there?) at the next knitter’s gathering.

    How do you get anything else done when you’ve got all that beautiful kitty belly fur to rub?

  25. Alice in Richmond says:

    I kid you not. I will see those Chucks in November or else….

  26. These are so cute! Maybe someone will mass produce these, it looks way too hard for my skills! I love yours!

  27. Wishing every one as good a night’s sleep as Loki!

  28. Those are awesome, and I try not to overuse that word!

    I don’t usually re-read your blog posts, but I came back today to get a second look.

  29. You did an amazing job on those shoes! Love ‘em!

  30. That is so cool! Never knew you could knit shoes. Freakin’ awesome!

  31. These are the cutest shoes I think I have ever seen!!
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