Back to the Frog Pond!

*sung to the tune of the Pretenders' "Back to the Chain Gang"*

It's true the 80"s were a sometimes embarrassing time for music, but then we also got the Pretenders, U2, R.E.M. Now, the hair was really pretty aweful, I can't defend it. Luckily, we didn't have digital camera's back then, so I don't feel compelled to show you any of my own bad Do's.

Here's what went to the frog pond:

The project is (was?) Pippi's Fireside Footies. Simple, beautiful felted slippers. My sweet husband turns 39 tomorrow and yesterday mentioned that what he really wants is a new pair of slippers. I have been planning to make this pattern for myself because I really need slippers, as in lost one of my pair sometime last year and now wear two pair of socks to keep my feet warm. For me, my plan is to knit them in unspun roving from my Mardi Gras Mambo roving. And I will. The weather will probably be in the 90's by the time I get around to it, at the rate I'm going.

So, yesterday, I began knitting like crazy. Ok, so there were a few mistakes, but it was going to be felted. right? Last night, I stayed up watching re-runs of CSI-Miami and The Closer (how can people say Brenda is difficult? I think she's adorable.), but this morning, I looked at it and had to face the facts. The decreases are just randomly placed, in the wrong placem, and yes, I do think it will be noticed, even felted. What I've (re-)learned? You have to look at your knitting frequently to make sure it's turning out the way you want it to. Blindly following a pattern is like blindly following anything else. Foolish and likely to send you back to the Frog Pond of Life. Oh, and something else? His size 11 1/2 boats will use alot more yarn than a woman's slipper pattern will call for. Just because it says you only need 4 oz of worsted, doesn't mean you're going tp get two felted slippers for much bigger feets!

So, he'll still get his slippers, once I find some Nashua Handknits Creative Focus. But I may need to get creative, quick! But doesn't it look pretty all rolled together in one giant ball of wool-alpaca fuzziness?

In the meantime, I shall have to get back to this

And yes, I really do need to learn how to turn off the flash!