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Old 01-05-2007, 01:39 PM   #511
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Originally Posted by mugs
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THESE TO DRY? ANY SUGGESTIONSON SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS?
I have a friend that told me that she stuffed newspaper in hers and they only took a day to dry. I was floored.
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Old 01-05-2007, 02:33 PM   #512
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Mine have taken about 24 hours to dry. I stuff them with newspapers or with old shopping bags (the plastic kind).

Unfortunately I have found that WOTA is the least wasteful of the yarns to use because Cascade and Patons both have 200+ yards - so if you go into an extra skein you can have alot left over.
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:16 PM   #513
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I have done 3 pairs (in three different yarns) and mine all took about 24-48 hours to dry completely. Two things I do to help speed up the process:

1. I let the washer start into its spin cycle. After the clogs are felted to just about the right size in hot water, I reset my washing machine to start at the rinse cycle (to get the soap out) and then let it go into the spin portion. I don't let it go too long so I don't get creases that don't come out, but this really helps remove excess water to start with.

2. I have thrown the felted clogs in the dryer for a short time to "jump-start" the drying. I usually use medium heat for 15-20 min or so. Too hot or too long and they may shrink more and end up too small!

I actually have not stuffed mine with anything. I just pull them out, shape them by hand and let them sit on a wooden drying rack (so air circulates around the soles). All have been stiff enough post-felting that they held their shape without any stuffing.
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:32 PM   #514
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Originally Posted by SandraEllen
For future reference, for a womens size, it takes 4 skeins of WOTA for the base color and 2 skeins of WOTA for the top.

I don't know about mens sizes...
Thanks. Well with 32 skeins, I think I'll have enought.
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:30 PM   #515
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I LOVE THIS PLACE!!

I just finished my first pair of clogs (didn't bother to check gauge!) and, with the help of some nice folks here, got past some confusing directions and did the deed!

Now, here's the funny part. I used my handspun. Not just WOOL handspun either; but a wool/mohair combo. Care to guess how fuzzy?

But....... it worked. It worked. It worked!!!!

Still, I think I may use 100% wool the next time.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:23 PM   #516
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Here is my latest pair. Coal and chocolate WOTA with pecan fun fur.

When drying mine, I usually set them on a baking rack placed on top of a bucket or bowl in front of a fan. They are usually dry overnight.

Someone mentioned they had a problem with the seam coming undone while felting. I had that happen to me on the first few that I did, too. Then I started leaving tail long enough to be able to do a loose running stitch through each cast on stitch. I haven't had the problem since. Hope that makes sense and you can see the pic ok since the only pair I currently have that isn't felted yet is black! I may make a lighter color over the weekend, if so I'll try to get a better pic on Monday.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:43 PM   #517
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Oooh, those are gorgeous!!

I dry mine in front of fans--it takes about 12 hours for the clogs to dry completely, and that includes the extra time that results from the bags I use to block them--the insides are still damp. (I take the bags out about midway through and have the air from the fan blow right inside the clogs.)
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:02 AM   #518
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Sooooo, using the shoe size guide for a man's 8.5-9 size shoe I should just follow the pattern for a women's size 8 which, according to the chart, is the equivilant of a men's size 10... which is close enough, eh? Yeah, I'm thinking out loud and looking for someone to agree with me. Whatcha' think?
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:17 AM   #519
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Yep, Marni, that's what I did! They turned out just fine.
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Originally Posted by Marni
Sooooo, using the shoe size guide for a man's 8.5-9 size shoe I should just follow the pattern for a women's size 8 which, according to the chart, is the equivilant of a men's size 10... which is close enough, eh? Yeah, I'm thinking out loud and looking for someone to agree with me. Whatcha' think?
Actually, I think you've got it backwards. The chart is deceiving and you can't actually read it across. A woman's size 8 shoe only equals a foot length of 9 11/16".

A man's size 9 shoe equals a 10 5/16" foot. That same foot length for a female is a women's size 10 shoe, so you would need to use a women's size 10 size for the clogs.

I might be wrong, but I'm interpreting things backwards from what you read.
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