Saturday, December 19, 2009
Yes, these are the slippers for my bf that I promised you several weeks ago.
They are marginal at best...
...even without my pointing out to you that the one slipper has a 'tumor' on the back of its heel...
...or that they shed black bits of alpaca all over the house when worn.
I do know what I did wrong, though...
...which should count for something!! Grin.
I used wonky alpaca fiber that I bought in a big bag at a sheep and wool festival.
It was perfectly clean and free of VM, but I think it must have come from the belly of the animal, since the fibers were very short.
(I have since 'deep-sixed' all of the remaining black alpaca inside the fish and birthday pillows that I made!!)
I also used too much fiber...the layers were too thick and too numerous.
The fibers never really seemed to 'firm up' and felt correctly...
...hence, the shedding.
I also need to revise the size and shape of my resist if I try this again...
...and also, after all of that work, my lovely lasts were not that useful at all.
My friend Kim (vilt a la Kim) says that I should just use actual 'feet' as lasts...
...and that way, the slipper recipient gets a foot massage as a bonus gift!! :)