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11-10-2006, 11:59 AM
Any suggestions for a very warm slipper?
I have excruciatingly cold feet! (in fact, I had the doctor check them out)
And the Ottawa cold weather isn't even here yet!
What fibre do you reccommend for slippers?
I have been wearing some terry cloth ones with rubber soles and they make my feet colder! ( I don't think they breathe well).
My chilly tootsies thank you.
11-10-2006, 12:05 PM
Lots of people use wool, but alpaca is supposed to be warmer and stronger than wool so it might be a good candidate for something that's extra warm that's also bound to get a lot of wear. Were you planning something felted?
11-10-2006, 12:06 PM
I can't think of a warmer fiber than Alpaca. Although it can be difficult to work with and I'm not sure it would lend itself at all to slippers.
Maybe an Alpaca/Wool blend.
11-10-2006, 12:09 PM
angora bunny fur is amazing too...but also not sure it lends itself well to slippers. i would say that you would be well served by making sure you put a leather sole on them or something like that to help with wear.
11-10-2006, 12:26 PM
I love my felted clogs. They are nice and toasty. Maybe some wool or alpaca socks with them?
11-10-2006, 12:41 PM
Honestly, I would forgo the knit slippers and buy some uggs or ugg-like shearling slippers. Preferably ones that are more of a booties style. You might also look into a down-filled bootie slipper. Sierra Trading Post has some nice ones on their website on clearance.
11-10-2006, 01:06 PM
Me too, i'm thinking of knitting cosy slippers and adding those fleece thermal insoles or sewing insoles made of thermalite.
11-10-2006, 01:09 PM
I made Fuzzy Feet (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTfuzzyfeet.html) and they are great! I wear them around the house, over my regular socks!
11-10-2006, 02:43 PM
I thinking this pattern: three strand slippers
I was patting some Paton's alpaca, and it felt yummy. Any yarn reccomendations for this pattern? Maybe one alpaca and then some synthetic for strength? or intarisia soles?
As to felting, I feel funny about deliberately shrinking something.... I don't think I ready yet. I am still mourning an aran cardigan that shrank years ago, and I didn't even make it!
My felted wool slippers are really warm, but there is a new pattern from Pick up STicks for felted alpaca/boots that look fantastically warm!
nadja la claire
11-12-2006, 12:48 PM
I suggest a Suri Dreams/wool combo. I made a cawl with Suri Dreams and Patons Classic Merino and it is soooooooooooo soft. It's almost like angora.
11-12-2006, 04:47 PM
I cannot recommend more highly the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. I have made 37 pair in 2 years for DH & I, family & friends and EVERYONE loves them! If you want them even warmer than they would be in plain wool, use Cascade Pastaza... a wool/llama blend.. Fuzzy, soft and VERY VERY warm!! Plus, the pattern is BRILLIANT and fun to knit.
There's a thread in the knit-along forum here that will tell you all you would ever need to know....
11-12-2006, 04:53 PM
Why not just knit some warm socks and wear them with Uggs or other pile slippers?
11-12-2006, 04:54 PM
here's the link to the insole: http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/shoe_inserts/shoe_insert_pattern.html
11-12-2006, 07:25 PM
I'm wearing these (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/50642.html) right now, and they're super-warm. They're rather large, and I really dislike the colorway (it was the only one on sale...yes I am a cheapskate), but you can't beat them for warmth. They're a super-quick knit, too.
11-13-2006, 01:06 AM
I just recently heard of this. Have never used it myself, but heard it felt wonderful.
Yes, Bison (buffalo) yarn. Supposedly much warmer than wool. Much more expensive too --- $48/skein. -j