Felted Clogs (Pair #1?)

I think of my pal Julia as the Felted Clog queen.  To date, she has made over sixteen pair.  (I think she lost count ages ago!)  As she has completed them and shown them to our knitting group, I’ve been impressed.  I added them to my queue ages ago and bought the pattern over two years ago.  I’ve had materials for ages, but somehow never got around to them.

So I finally finished a pair of my very own!

Fiber Trends Felted Clogs

Fiber Trends Felted Clogs

Julia gave me lots of great advice for the project, and I’m thankful that she was so patient with my questions.  The best advice that she (and Jeri, who has knitted almost as many clogs as Julia) gave me is to mark the toe stitch.  It’s a simple thing, but it made all the difference!

The black is Garnstudio Eskimo that I bought from Nordic Mart.  I was surprised at how quickly Nordic Mart delivered the yarn.  I ordered on a Friday afternoon, and it was sitting on my doorstep by Tuesday afternoon.  As I was knitting the soles of the clogs, I was a bit worried because my gauge wasn’t that close to that spec’d by the pattern.  I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

The pink is Kramer Yarns Mauch Chunky that I’d received from curiouslykate on Ravelry in a swap months ago.  I can’t remember what I had that she wanted, but I saw the trade as an opportunity to try a yarn that I’d previously never considered.  I’m very pleased with the way this yarn felted.  It’s fuzzy (hairy), but it felted quickly and solid.  (I think I’m going to use the rest of the Mauch Chunky to make a Felted Hedgehog!)

Because I’d never used either of these yarns before, I suppose it was a bit risky to try them together in the same clog.  I didn’t even swatch.  (Bad grump! Bad grump!)  It worked out though.  The sole is so thick that I don’t think I’ll bother adding the leather bottoms that I’d purchased for the project.

The little grump loves them and claimed them even before they were dry.  My only hope of keeping them for myself is if she decides that they are a bit too big for her.  Since we’re almost the same shoe size, I don’t think that’s very likely.   Somehow I think that there will be another pair of felted clogs in my future!

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