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I'm working (if you can call it that) on a pair of slippers I started two years ago, based on instructions I actually remember from my Girl Scouting days.

So simple! (They would need something to skid proof them though, especially for the fracture prone!)

On huge needles with big yarn (the only way to go!) cast on 45 stitches and knit until you have five inches, plain old stockinette stitch, which is just knit, knit, knit--nothing fancy. This part will be the heel and cuff of the slipper.

Bind off ten stitches, then knit the rest of the row, do the same for the next row. Knit one, purl one for about another three inches (for ribbing--you could do knit two purl two if you want but it doesn't look as nice), then begin to bind off one stitch at the beginning of each row, until you have a total length that matches the distance from the heel to the toe of the foot you intend to put the slipper on.

Using a huge blunt needle (or whatever works), pull a piece of yarn through the stitches remaining on the needle and tie that end into a tight circle, leaving about 10 inches or so of yarn. Use that to sew the edges together between that circle you just made and the place where you bound off the ten stitches. Then fold that row you originally cast on (which forms the back of the slipper) and sew that up (or down, as the case may be).

Voila! When I get really focused, I can knock off a pair in a couple of hours. You can adjust the size of the needles, yarn and number of stitches casted on and/or rows knitted to adjust the size of the slipper.

Personally, I think they are way cool. If you use acrylic yarn and be careful to tie your knots well, they launder and machine dry, and last just about forever.

Anybody else got one to share?

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I am currently working on a silk poncho for my oldest. The yarn is made from the threads that get tangle when weaving saris. The proceeds from the purchase of the yarn go to support battered women who have been thrown out of their homes in Tibet, they gather the threads and spin the yarn. It also allows them to keep their children with them. Thought is was pretty interesting and the yarn is phenomenal. I am always knitting up caps for the premies in the nicu, and chemo caps for the breast cancer coalition. I surf the different yarn company sights to see what they have for ideas. Berrocco has a great scarf sight.

Note to Chris......I have that Quote on my desk in great big letters...my best friend and I think it would be a good way to go. :balloons: :rolleyes:

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I am currently working on a silk poncho for my oldest. The yarn is made from the threads that get tangle when weaving saris. The proceeds from the purchase of the yarn go to support battered women who have been thrown out of their homes in Tibet, they gather the threads and spin the yarn. It also allows them to keep their children with them. Thought is was pretty interesting and the yarn is phenomenal. I am always knitting up caps for the premies in the nicu, and chemo caps for the breast cancer coalition. I surf the different yarn company sights to see what they have for ideas. Berrocco has a great scarf sight.

Note to Chris......I have that Quote on my desk in great big letters...my best friend and I think it would be a good way to go. :balloons: :rolleyes:

I'd love to see the URLs for those Tibetan yarn sources.... as to the quote, it is cool, isn't it. I have another one I want tattooed on my throat: "no extraordinary measures, do not intubate."

But we digress.... hehe

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How do you all tie your knots so that they last?
I tie them like a square knot and pull them snug, then leave enough yarn to weave back into the knitting that even if they get loose, I can retie them.

Once I am sure that I have it the way I want it and I won't be untying it, I put a little dab of clear nail polish or superglue. Just a dab though, or you get a hunk of ick.

The glue keeps the knot from even getting the idea it can come apart.

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I used to do the superglue and square knot thing, until i glued my fingers together. Ow.

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I would love to knit again...I haven't in 20 years! The last thing I knitted was a sleeping bag for one of my Smurf dolls...lol.

...so "Knitting for Dummies" is a good book? Any other recommendations?

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I would love to knit again...I haven't in 20 years! The last thing I knitted was a sleeping bag for one of my Smurf dolls...lol.

...so "Knitting for Dummies" is a good book? Any other recommendations?

Simple scarves are a great place to start. You can find some patterns on Lion Brand Yarn.com and Berrocco. Some are done on size 10 or 11 needles and only use the garter stitch. I had everyone at work learning that way. :)

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Simple scarves are a great place to start. You can find some patterns on Lion Brand Yarn.com and Berrocco. Some are done on size 10 or 11 needles and only use the garter stitch. I had everyone at work learning that way. :)

Thanks! I'll try out one of those simple scarves 'cause lord knows I'm far far away from a sweater! :chuckle

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Wow! Thanks guys! I'm happy I'm not the only one...My class mates say that I'm "so old" because of the knitting, but I just tell them that I'm multitalented! :)

Anyway, currently, I'm working on a Gryffindor scarf for my oldest son. I have four living sons, and I'm thinking that I might try to find the other three house colours and knit each of them a different one. Of course, I can hear one of them now..."Hufflepuff! Why do I have to be in Hufflepuff!" :rotfl:

I've also recently knitted a scarf for my step-daughter. Purple (her favorite colour). The yarn I used was Red Heart Light and Lofty and Red Heart Hokey Pokey. Great scarf! It's very soft and has a great feel...I'd like to knit myself a sweater out of it, but I've only ever done scarves and I'm a litte nervous to do a sweater :uhoh21: .

I hope we all stay in touch!

ElvtwinRN, Where did you get the yarn? Sounds like a great cause!

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Lion Brand Yarn and Berrocco both have a chemo cap pattern. Lion Brand also has the preemie hat pattern. For the Chemo cap I use an eyelash yarn like fun fur by lion brand or a chenille. you can get the patterns on the web sights.

http://www.lionbrand.com/,http://www.berroco.com/

I knit them and send them to my daughter in Rochester NY and she brings them to the breast cancer coalition. The preemie hats I just tube up to the NICU. Enjoy. :) :biggringi :dance:

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Lion Brand has a wool yarn (not the Wool-Ease, though) that's twice, maybe three times as thick as typical yarn. I'd LOVE to knit a scarf out of that!

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