Slippers For The Family Feet…

Every year–usually at Christmastime, a few dozen family feet need rewarming with new slippers. I had the kids dig their current sets out from the under the various beds to see if they needed repair, a good scrubbing, or retirement. Only Jillian’s were wounded enough for the mending basket and it wasn’t critical. So, first-it’s Daney boy’s turn for a brand new pair, because before he left, we discovered that one of his slippers was missing. Eaten by dragons, no doubt.

Making new ones is the least I can do for the cause of a cute, cold, boy–who is far, far away. We were told not even to buy a coat for him in America because we don’t have anything warm enough here in the States to help in 30 below weather. Yikes. I picture him strolling the snowy streets of Lithuania wearing a moose hide overcoat and beaver boots. I really hope not. As much as I want him to be warm and well, I tend to frown on all that real fur stuff.

So anyway, the slipper I make is a jimmied version of an old baby bootie pattern I purchased about a billion years ago from Annie’s Attic. It looked so comfortable and most importantly–actually stayed on their feet–that as my babies grew I just made the pattern…ahhh … bigger. Much, much bigger in Rhen’s case. I’ll put the directions on paper someday–if anyone else wants it.

Now, I’m halfway through with a nice cozy pair made from Peaches & Creme 100% cotton (in Shaded Brown) and a ball of “repurposed” wool (yarn that used to be something else, before it became a ball of yarn–in this case, a sweater), in dark chocolate. The idea is to make them soft and warm and sturdy enough to survive a trip to the mailbox…

…and of course to save the life of an innocent beaver.

8 Replies to “Slippers For The Family Feet…”

  1. Oooh — I want directions! Do you still have notes on how to make them for little girls? Like girls size 13 and girls size 9? And do you always use 100% cotton? A specific brand? I want some nice soft slippers for Autumn & Heidi for Christmas and am I right in thinking that looks like crochet (which I can do) and not knitting (which I cannot…)?

  2. Hi Abby,

    I like to use a good sturdy wool but I have tubs full of random balls of yarn so I do use synthetics as well sometimes. I do like to add this brand of cotton for the color variety. Click on the Peaches and Cream link and it will show you all the color choices on their site. It’s wonderful.

    Ok, I’ll find the original pattern and get it on asap. Making it bigger will just take some math. But I’ll write down what I’ve got. :] And yes, it is crochet. So you’ll love it.

  3. You better believe that mine were the most worn out. That’s because I wore them the most! 🙂 I like the pictures too. Cute stuff.

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