August 22, 2013, 8:46 am
You know what's really cool? WHEN THE KNIT FITS! In fact, I know no one who aims, when knitting or crocheting, to have some useless item of woven yarn. That, my friends is what makes this story so disappointing. So grab a cuppa, maybe some tissue, and walk with me (barefoot, please) through my crochet tale the leaves me slipperless.
The pattern is adorable. The title, inviting. Corchet Moccasin by Umme Yusuf. Yes, please!
So, I grabbed a stick, fresh off the tree, carved it, and didn't even bother to sand or varnish it as the tree bark was smooth and just perfect. Yes, this is crochet! Within minutes, I had the sole of my first sole for the slipper.
This was too fun. One thing I absolutely enjoy about crochet is the freedom to move around your work as you knit it. Gah! Did I just say knit?? As your crochet it. No wonder crochet takes a backseat to knitting, it's like the little sibling, people even forgetting it's name! As I was saying, the freedom to move around the work as you crochet. In crochet you are binding off as you go, you can finish up in one spot, and literally just stick your hook into any loop or hole you choose and begin there. Embellishments gallore! Ruffles, ridges, quite likely anything can appear-anywhere on the work! Being somewhat new to crochet, I'm in the honeymoon phase of this, with quite a "Look what I can do!" attitude.
SO! Finished sole, nice! Stick your yarn in the heel area and begining crocheting around. How fun. Relaxing, not complicated, and it's almost done before you know it. I noticed my mocs were kind of sagging as I crocheted them, not stiff and fitted-like in the many pictures people posted of their versions of the pattern online. This made me nervous as I finished up and wove in the ends. The true test was putting them on my feet moments later, but I sort of already knew.
It's that disappointing moment when you realize what you just created is not going to live happily ever after with you. The sole fit the shape of my foot just so. I even crocheted it a little bit smaller than my actual size, thinking it would have to stretch around my foot and give me a better, more snug fit. It didn't. It draped sort of like a wet-pancake.
Upon closer inspection, I saw that the major problem area is the heel. Did I not gather enough around the heel area to cup my heel? Did my yarn sag? Is the pattern funky? (As the writing of this, 211 people have crocheted this, and seemingly quite happily, so the pattern is probably just fine!)
I added some modifications to the heel to go up higher on the back but this did not help the issue. It almost seemed to add more weight and then make them sag more in the back.
They're a beautiful color. They photograph nicely.
Basically I can use them like saggy slip-ons, walking on the back of the heels, and I did do this for an hour or so, it was like closure, coming to terms with the fact that my just off the hook slippers did not fit me. Without knowing exactly where to turn- I went where any wool-inclined artist would- to the hot water.
Thinking that felting is the perfect quick fix for saggy wool my spirits lifted.
I stirred and agitated that water pot until I couldn't do it anymore. They came out soggier than ever and took 3 days to dry. (?!)
I even put them in the washing machine of death. I say that because the only washing machine I had access to locks and does not open again until it is finished a grand 3 HOURS LATER!! They still came out like a limp noodle and seemed, if anything, to have GROWN not shrunken!
Hmmm...where did I get this yarn?
What is it made of?
What's that you say? Only wool felts?
Well, yes, but certainly this is...Oooooo. The light bulb moment. Left-over yarn. From the cheap yarn store. Right. Of course. How could I be so silly.
IT'S DEFINITELY NOT WOOL.
A tride and true test of wool is that if you add hot water and aggitation it will shrink, felt, move, DO SOMETHING. And this just refused to do anything but perhaps get more stretched out- so stubborn!
So, I'm not sure exactly what went wrong here, but I feel inclined to crochet next time, with wool. So that just in case they don't fit, we can throw them in the water for a quick-fix fit :) Cheating, I know, perhaps I should consult with some of the other sucessful parties who have warm feet with their moccasins...
I continue on, slipperless, for now, but I assure you, not forever!
This crochet weaving is looking great the designing of woolen shoes is looking good to me. It is very hard job to design this kind of things with wool were the person must have lot of patience and concentration on the job what he is doing.
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