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One way you know your knitted gift was appreciated is when they wear it. They wear it a LOT. They wear holes right through it because they wear it a LOT. They were only worn indoors, but everyday indoors does add up to a lot of wear. She nicely asked if they could be repaired.

If the item (slippers, for example) was knit and then felted, repairs pose a bit of a puzzle. You can’t knit a patch in the hole because the fiber is different after felting. What to do? What to do?

Worse case scenario: find the yarn and make another pair. Patton Classic Wool is inexpensive yarn suited for felted knitting projects and the original colors are still available. Do-able… but…

I have a needle felting kit and some roving in a similar color range to the toe area of the slippers. Could I wet-felt the roving, needle-felt the original wool yarn to it… and then needle-felt all together as a patch?

Yes, I could. Yes, I did. I felt it all betterer and now I am so full of myself! <g> You can see the repairs if you look closely enough. The holes were at the big toes, each approximately the size of a quarter or so. The feel inside the slippers is good with no big welt or clot to disturb when walking in them. Yes, I checked.

I made several pairs of felted slippers as gifts this past Christmas. One recipient (coughcoughJeff) was so enthralled with them that they were worn not only in the house as shoes, but OUTSIDE in the winter in the snow (quote: “they are practically waterproof!”).

No surprise that his pair sprouted holes. He deserves to keep his holes for a bit, I think.

Right after this successful experiment, I ran across a recommendation for a felting enabler supplier with seriously cheap great felting fiber and tool supplies.

I will get you for that, Suzan B!

“Who begins too much accomplishes little.”
— German Proverb

Ahhh… yes, we are a group of people insanely optimistic in our abilities. We multi-task. We trade off socks with cowls, slippers and sweaters, hats and more… as if by having more things on the needles at the same time we can somehow complete more in the same amount of time.

This we know is crazy-talk, but we do it anyway.

Once upon a time I only had one knitting project going at a a time. This meant that when I was tired of the pattern, the boredom of acres of stockinette, or fiddly cables, or color-changes, I would put the project in time out and fuss about what I would RATHER be knitting. Sometimes the time-out lasted years.

My sister and I have since declared such things ‘craft supplies’. Anything labeled as such does not need to conform to the standard rules of maturity (finish one thing before you start another), or fiscal responsibility (tossing, rather than OD’ing on eggs as we collected enough empty eggshells for our annual egg trees). Over the past three, no wait, four? several decades I think we have extravagantly wasted about $15.83 on perfectly good raw egg because we simply could not stomach another quiche, scrambled, or souffle egg meal. I can live with that.

No, you may not ask how old the oldest time-out project is. You may wonder all you want how many projects I have OTN (on the needles) because I doubt I could give you an accurate number anymore off the top of my head.

Um… my name is Kali and I knit.

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