clog one

Well here is clog number one. I stayed up until 12:30 last night trying to get it finished. I still have to weave in the ends. If you look close in the pic you can see that I have a few gaps here and there. I think that this must be related to the fact that I lost my place several times and somehow ended up with a lot more stitches than I was supposed to have. I think I either got confused and made the sole one sized larger than I was supposed to or I lost count and jumped forward somewhere around row 25 to 35.

So what I did was I just kept going until I hit the last stitch from the toe section and then I would knit it together with the one from the heel section, turn and head back the other way. It seems to have worked out OK. But then the nice thing about felting projects is that I figure most problems will go away in the washing cycle (I hope). Of course now that I have strayed from the pattern the challenge will be trying to make the second one look similar to the first.

I used a Wool Pak yarn for the upper part that is 100% wool. The color is "Bluebell" but it looks like a denim color to me. The sole and trim are knit in a navy blue cascade yarn. Hopefully using two different types of yarn won't complicate the felting process too much.

I guess you could call me the lackadaisical knitter  -- I just don't sweat the details too much – especially with felting. This all drives my partner crazy - he is a knitter too and also a civil engineer. I am a social worker and much more relaxed about following patterns, rules etc.  Husband rips out rows of work if he finds a mistake -- I take the approach that minor mistakes just make things look more handmade and the work should stay the way it came out the first time. 

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Chris Vandenburg's picture

Ben, great looking clog!  And yes you can't believe how a good wash will cover a multitude of sins.

It's also ironic that while one can be 'social' it gives that it's easy to be 'civil' and if one is 'civil' it's easy to be 'social'.  Perhaps that is why you two are together.

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

bendbarr-  My lys has on display a clog I made for an example of what not to do!  I got bad advice and used LP bulky for the soles and tahki donegal tweed for the tops.  the result was disastrous and I was heartbroken having knit them both and felted them. since then I make and felt swatches of at least 4x4".  the soles shrank about twice as fast as the tops and i could not get them stretched out enough to fit.  if anyone has a size 10 foot and has a bad gout problem in their feet (really, really, bad) please speak up and i would be more than happy to donate them.  anyone else have this problem?

well thanks for the warning mattomite -- I will let you know what happens. Gulp

Still waiting for my pattern to arrive then I can join the clogalong! 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure