So I’m like the last person in cyberspace to finally try the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs, and now I see what I was missing. Seriously, these are freakishly addictive (and this is saying something, since I find almost any knit project to be addictive – these are just more so). Part of the appeal, of course, is how quickly they go – I cast on for the first one late Saturday night and finished felting the pair late Monday night. Considering that Sunday and Monday are both work days for me, that’s a pretty quick knit. Of course, I also have OCD on my side.
But the appeal of these clogs is not just that they are fast. They are, as my title up there says, fiddley, fantastic, and fun! Now to me, fiddley isn’t usually a good thing. It requires concentration (not my strong suit), is easy to get wrong, and doesn’t often feel to me like real knitting. But in this case, it was great fun because you fiddle around and fiddle around at what looks like just a mess of stitches, and then suddenly the shape just starts emerging beneath your hands and before your eyes. (An example of the fiddliness: you actually have to read the directions to bind off! Becky didn’t believe me until she saw the instructions, which include random m1s multiple times while binding off.) I think it is a fantastically clever pattern.
Child’s small, in Wool of the Andes Lake Ice and Arctic Pool
16″ size 13 needles, plus a spare needle for doing fun three-needle things
Little Buddha, kicking back in the clogs
(Tiny Dancer isn’t so crazy about them. When I asked if he wanted to wear them, he said, “Nope.” When I asked if he thought they were cute, he said, “Nope.” See why I turn to you people for affirmation?!?)
And a first ever picture of me knitting (thanks, GL!)*
I still have some Tubey decisions to make, though. Namely, which yarn to use. I’m probably going to go with a KnitPicks yarn for the sake of my wallet. The question is which one: Swish (the one I’m leaning towards)? Merino Style? Andean Silk? I want to do it in a chocolate brown with light pink and tan stripes, and probably one more color (Rachel, will you think me too stalkeresque if I go with a mossy green?) Anyone want to share any opinions on these yarns. I haven’t knit with any of them before, but am leaning towards Swish simply because it has the colors I want in the shades I like.
Meanwhile, I’m steadfastly avoiding seaming my Fabulous Lace Inset Cardigan.
*edited to add:
Okay, I’m a total dork. I just realized that this is not technically the first picture of me knitting. There’s one here from my second Amazing Lace challenge. But the truth is, that one was posed, and no actual knitting was done during the process (which isn’t to say that I’ve never knitted while overseeing the boys’ potty efforts). Maybe that’s why I thought this was the first one? I don’t know. I’m a goof. But you already knew that. 😉