Crochet - Slippers
25Mar

Crochet - Slippers

...and a mini pom pom tutorial!

Hello, I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend, what glorious weather we've had!  We've been making the most of the garden this weekend and I also got to go and have a wander around a local vintage and flea fair which is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning.

I've not managed to get much done in the way of projects but I did get one thing ticked off my 'to make' list and that was these cute slippers for Lulu...

I got the pattern from an old Patons sheet that I've somehow collected and it worked up quickly (my kind of project!) The first set I made were far too small for her so I started another set using some thicker wool and a few extra chains in my foundation row.  The soles were made more stable by crocheting with two strands of wool.

I had a bit of a panic when it came to making these small pom poms though.  We've made pom poms at home before by wrapping yarn around a cardboard template but I wasn't sure I would be able to do that easily for the small pom poms I needed.  As usual I turned to the Internet for help and found a tutorial on YouTube that made mini twine pom poms using a fork and some dental floss - honestly you can find everything and anything on the Internet!

I used the idea (minus the dental floss!) for the pom poms for Lulu's slippers it's a great idea so I thought I'd share it with you here - Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know about this?

So here are Lulu's new slippers...

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and here's the mini (well smallish) pom pom how to...

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1, Wrap some yarn around a fork I wrapped about an inch in width (don't wrap too much as they become hard to cut)

2, Add a length of the same yarn through the middle of the fork and around the yarn and tie loosely (the first part of a knot) then gently slide yarn off the fork

3, Pull the yarn tight and knot properly

4, Use some sharp scissors (not children's scissors like me!) to cut the yarn in half each side as you would normally when making a pom pom

5, Fluff up and trim until you get a shape you're happy with...

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And because nothing goes to waste...

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...A new hair-clip!

I also just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who bid on the Knit Relief items, the auction finished Sunday evening and my scarf made over £30 for Sport Relief so I am very happy - I'm sending you all massive virtual bear hugs (()). I'm not sure of the grand total yet but I know it was well over £1500 which is just amazing!

*update* the final amount raised was a whopping £2038! What a fantastic total & well done to Scarlet at Teenage Granny for organising such a fantastic event!

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