I have recently begun making slippers for an organization that provides slippers to women and children living in domestic violence shelters. It is The Pink Slipper Project. Slippers don’t have to be pink and they can be made using any pattern you feel comfortable using, for either women or children. The site also includes free downloadable patterns for knitting, crocheting or sewing slippers on the right hand sidebar. I can tell you from experience as a knitter and crocheter that those patterns are well written and easy to follow.
You will also find a list of sources for patterns here:
Free Slipper Patterns
Please take a look at the site and consider sending a pair or two of slippers, or other items to this organization.
I am most pleased at the moment. The gusset on the second slipper sock has been started successfully! I was very careful this past week at my knitting lesson to make sure I understood the pattern and could knit from it without anyone around to interpret it for me. The fact that I did this is encouraging. It means that the next pair of socks I make from it will be able to be done on my own.
I will post pictures of the completed slipper in a couple of days.
It feels like it has been forever since I have written here. Life has been busy as usual.
My first sock is finished!! Here it is:
The owner of Hearthstone Knits, Georgia, helped me finish it off a couple of weeks ago. I threw the sock in the air very shortly after completing it. Then it was tried on and admired by those nearby. It felt like such an accomplishment.
The second one of the pair was started before I left the store. Part of my reasoning was that I wanted to avoid Second Sock Syndrome. The other part of my reasoning was to make sure that I cast it on correctly and didn’t have a problem.
I was able to the second one done without help up to the point of turning the heel. At my knitting lesson this past Wednesday my questions were answered. I felt silly taking notes as Georgia shared her knowledge of sock knitting with me. She was patient as I did this.
Here is a picture of the second sock in progress:
I am working on the gusset and should be able to complete the sock in the next few days.
There is more to this story than this. Since I had reached a stopping point on the second sock, I decided to start a slipper sock, using the same pattern with fewer stitches and larger needles and yarn. My intent was to have a teaching and learning tool. I dug out some Red Heart Worsted Wt. in a light color and a pair of size 7 dpn’s. I was able to turn the heel accurately on my own. I got stuck on how to pick up the stitches for the gusset. The only other time in my life that I had done this was on the first sock.
The slipper sock and the regular sock went to the knitting lesson with me. Georgia understood and showed me on the larger needles how to pick up stitches on both items. I finished off the first slipper sock Friday morning. Here it is:
Despite its faults, it is still a wearable item. My husband has graciously said he will wear this and its mate around the house. The off white is not his favorite color, but he has been promised a more manly pair before winter. The mate to it is in ready to have the gusset started. My goal today is to do that later today.