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Book Review: "The Knitted Slipper Book" by Katie Startzman
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 01:38
I live in slippers! I adore slippers! And now thanks to Katie Startzman and her brilliant brand new just released - The Knitted Slipper Book - I can make my own comfy, cozy, cushy, snuggly, warm, … and very personal slippers! As many pair as I want, whenever I want!
Katie mentions in the introduction that slippers can be knitted in a weekend - so I am thinking all you football fans out there can knit slippers while watching TV every weekend; and by the time the season is over, you will have holiday gifts ready to wrap!
Before you read any further, take a minute to click above and treat yourself to this sweet little video designed to introduce you to The Knitted Slipper Book. Guaranteed to brighten your day and put a smile on your lips.
I am making Diane a pair for Christmas! And a pair for myself as well. The yarn has been purchased and now all I need to do is cast on! I will be posting my progress on Instagram and occasionally here on the blog!
Diane selected the Trim Clogs.
And I have chosen the Woolly Welles.
But I am thinking I am also going to need a pair of each of these really bad!! How does a slipper girl like me settle for just one pair of slippers? And most likely Diane will be wanting at least one more pair.
You might notice that almost every slipper I have chosen to make is knitted and felted. Katie mentions in the introduction that she was "transfixed by the alchemical transformation of loose, floppy knitting into firm, durable, sculptural shapes". Once introduced to knitting and hand felting, I had a similar reaction - it was true love at first felt!
Look at this index page!!! There are 30 different slipper designs - for guys, girls and kids! From cute dainty Mary Janes for that precious little girl in your life to big manly boot style slippers - some simply knitted and others knitted and felted. And nothing complicated or difficult - anyone familiar with very basic knitting skills can successfully make a pair of slippers.
And just so you know - your knitting does not have to be all that brilliant if you are planning to felt - because felting hides flaws beautifully! I know from experience.
Katie is all about empowering readers - arming them with the techniques and know-how needed to complete any of her slipper projects.
The Knitted Slipper Book provides step by step illustrated instructions for creating a beautiful pair of slippers - slippers destined to be loved. (In fact, Katie even offers suggestions for repairing those slippers that are loved so much they - well - show signs of being well loved!!)
Techniques needed to create lovely, well crafted slippers are all included - felting, shaping, lining, sole making, and embellishing - pom poms, fringe, tassels and needle felting. About the only thing not covered in this book is how to knit! But there is a chapter covering special knitting techniques needed and of course a key to abbreviations.
To further enhance the learning process, Katie and her husband Michael have produced a series of brilliant, enjoyable and mood-lifting "how-to" videos to support the book. Find them right here.
Want to actually watch Katie felt a pair of slippers? Pop over here!!! It is first on the list. Seriously, I sat through this entire video with a big ole grin on my face.
I love this book! You will too. And so will Mom, and Grandma! A perfect gift for every knitter on your Holiday gift list.