Friday, 8 May 2009

Dress my feet II

What you've seen in my previous post is only one half of my "slippery gallery!! :)))

I've got a few more aces up my sleeve!

Ready for more?....of course you are! :D

Do you know what this is???

:)))) It is one great idea, that's what it is - elf slippers!

They're designed by Carolyn Christmas and, this time, made by graylagran . (And she has made oodles of these :)) - here's her blog haphazard knitter )

Beautiful Irish slippers

Made and designed, knitted, felted and embroidered all by Tarjanne . You can see the process of making them on Tarja's Stitsailuja blog! Just lovely!

Spiritely Elf Shoes

another lovely example made by msblondieknits who is also their designer. You'll find the pattern on her msblondieknits blog.

Felted slippers

designed by Midnattsol and made by Ipo .

Needless to say- modular knitting is another great option for non sock knitters.

Or crocheters...

kedama's Square motif slippers

by p.24 Square room shoes pattern, designed by Keiko Okamoto. (You can find kedama's blog in Japanese HERE).

See, you don't even have to know how to turn the hell (or toes for that matter!). With crocheted blocks, shaping is as easy as pie!

Felted clogs!!!!

Yes, CLOGS! Knitters make clogs!!! :))) Another design by Bev Galeskas . The pair from the picture above ("Fuchsia Felted Slippers") were made by a fellow Raveler Topfrog (and a fellow blogger Topfrog ) .

Slippers for Lily

made by melissalm (knittingsandwich on Typepad). It's Bev Galeskas's design again, it's clogs again only, this time, it's Children's Felt Clogs (CH-38).Children need clogs too!

And how about this pair?! Filz puschen

made by knitrose (her blog Rosige zeit ). It's a very simple basic felted knit slippers ( at the moment available only in German) by COATS GmbH but with a lovely floral decoration and in adorable colours!

And more lovely slippers for kids!

Tocino & Velocidad

made by monotrans (here's her blog ).You'll find this pattern as "Barnyard Cow Slippers" by Spinrite on Ravelry for free.

You never thought these can be hand-made, did you?! :)) It's a lovely present for a kid. Well, you can make them for a kid or you could make a pair for me- I love such slippers (I wear tigers!!! :)))

To be honest, I wouldn't mind having these either :)))

They're tantej's lovely version of Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer's Petit Chou Slippers pattern.

A blog about tantej's knitting adventures can be found HERE!

And a lovely, furry pair of Baby Ballerina Slippers

a pattern by Debra Paradis aka knitdivad,published on her Yarning for You site and available from Ravelry.
So cute!

And, I'm almost done. It's been one long list of beautiful patterns and, still- there's at least a zillion of lovely pairs of slippers out there that I haven't mentioned. At least I've managed to convince some of you that making slippers is a very cool thing to do! :)))

I hope you've enjoyed it!
And, since this odyssey has started from the Orient- it's time to take my magic slipper back home! Remember the Turkish slippersfrom the beginning of my first post?
Here they are again!

"Good Morning Slippers" (yes, that's what they're called when you decorate them with a pompom :)) ) made by nikkinimble aka Three little purls blog.

Or, you could make them in bright colours

only, bare in mind- that's how they become Bookworm slippers. By nikkinimble again!

Thanks to the authors for participating and making all these lovely slippers!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Dress my feet

I love the word "slipper"! It's one of the first words I usually look up in a dictionary when I'm learning a foreign language and, for some funny reason, that word always sounds adorably cute: babbuccia, babouche, pantofola, pantoffel, pantufla, terlik, туфля "tooflya", papuča "papoocha"...probably because slipper is a lovely thing. No wonder you need to lose a slipper to get a leading role in a fairytale (losing other pieces of clothes surely does open new opportunities as well...not in fairytales, 'tho!!).

The other day, while I was searching for some old sock patterns in one of my knitting baskets, I stumbled upon a few lovely traditionally knitted slippers my late grandma had made long time ago. WHY DON’T I KNIT SLIPPERS? Do other knitters make them? I don’t recall ever seeing a pair of slippers on Ravelry. If there were any, I guess I would have spotted them by now (what a mistake!)! But, again- with so many sock knitters out there….
So I typed the word “slippers” into the Ravelry Projects browser and…oh, my! The picture was breathtaking! Ravelers do make slippers! And boots! And clogs! Ballet flats, Cinderella slippers, shoes…They make miracles! In circle, flat, toe-up, upside-down, felted, knitted, crocheted…all kinds of miracles.
And that treasure chest has been in front of my nose all this time.

I had to share that beauty with you, of course, so I picked a “few” projects and made a gallery-like post (well, two posts to be more precise, there’s no reason to reveal all the beauty right away, is there?!) of what bare hands can make (to make bare feet feel warm). All that with help from their authors and designers, of course!
And, no, I won’t get paid for saying how beautiful their works are (recession!!!). :)))

I’ve picked some lovely pictures and I’ll put links to the original patterns wherever it is possible - you can drain the inspiration from them, CO some of the projects yourself, enjoy watching them, buy them or get them for free, faint or bow to the authors if you like…what ever you do, I promise you it’s going to be a jaw dropping set of pictures. (I’m allowed to say that- none of the projects from this post is mine. But, then again, it’s my blog and I’m allowed to say whatever I want, anyway! :)) ).

Only, bare in mind- this is not a top list of THE most beautiful projects; there’s still a sea of outstanding hand-made slippers out there. My main intention was to show you some of the most interesting shapes, designs and ideas. Oh, well, yes, I did add multiple examples of the same pattern here and there but I just liked them so much…Yah, I was a wee bit subjective too, I admit! ;-)

That said,

The story of the magic slipper from my imagination begins long time ago somewhere in Persia…

...and that is where this list begins as well...

Persian Slippers

by Gryphon Perkins . You can find them at Sanguine Gryphon portfolio page. Beautiful!

Traditional crocheted Turkish slipper pattern by Erika Knight

with a touch of Italy and lovely floral insole made by windspirit...


...with a touch of Persia again, Pixie slippers made by flexibleknits . You'll find more lovely pictures of her slippers on flexibleknits blog.

I just love this pixie look!

Plain or Flowery Slippers by Sarah M. Hughes from Ravelry Patterns Library

Three examples of how different colours and the right choice of small decorations can make all the difference

A warm and feminine version in pastel shades by Kristiinake


a Brazilian "white flower power" version named "Tathi" by OliviaClaudia (her blog in Portuguese is Pequenospontos )


AnnaPuh's Flowery slippers in beautiful cool colours. AnnaPuh's blog in Swedish is HERE!

You should check out this pattern sometime(the link is in the title)- it's great for non-sock knitters and for all those who are not familiar with short row techniques and working with DPNs or aren't keen on working in that manner as this pair of slippers is knit FLAT!

Let's continue,

beautiful Ballerina Slippers

made by another Ravelry member bongomama (here's her bongo-mama blog ) and by Bev Galeskas's Felted Ballerina Slippers pattern.

(These are REAL shoes!!!!!! :)))))
And, another example of the same pattern only in apple-green

Slippers for 2paw by Aussie (Tassie :))) ) Raveler ratherbeknitting (I agree with the nick-name, of course you would, who wouldn't. ;-) )

More lovely green
staceyb's version of Julie Weisenberger's "Pleated Ballet Flats" pattern called "Jen's Magic Ballet Flats".

Julie is the author of and one of the most imaginative "footwear" knitters out there. I've included two of her designs in this list but I might have just as well added them all. I'll get back to cocoknits near the end of this post but, until then, you might also want to check out her cute knitted loafers on Cocoknits . Adorable!

A pair of vintage, toe-up slippers called "Amy March slippers"

made by Pamie and designed by tiny owl knits (even if you don't intend to knit these slippers- read the pattern, it's hilarious :) ).

A pair of "regular" open House slippers designed by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark

and knit and felted by Smeelia (aka Cecilia knits )

Now, why would I ever want to buy a pair of open slippers again after seeing those?! :))

And, like I promised, cocoknits and Julia Weisenberger again

and their lovely Prairie boots .

And only one more for now- Ice Age Boots designed by Maggie Pace

and made by imlovinknit (agreed again! )

Didn't I tell you- knitters do make boots! :)))

Enjoy, and I'll be back with some more soon!


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