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March 10, 2007

From Susan — My Brain is “Clogged”

Filed under: Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 12:42 am

I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of comments about my lil clogs.  They really are a nice, very practical project and would make great gifts. 

I finished the second one today and felted it right away.  Melanie  commented that she thought I was stupid brave to felt one clog at a time.  When I started felting the second one, I myself had “second” thoughts!  How will I get them to match???  They kind of do…..


These are an extremely quick knit — you could make a pair in one day.  I used my bread and butter yarn: Cascade 220.  I love it for felting, and agree with Wendy O’C about the lack o’fuzz. 

Here is another case of

From now on, I will read directions. Really. I will.

I neglected to read the fine print in the pattern.  Just looking at the clogs, it seemed to me that it would take more of the lime green than the fuschia — au contraire, my friend!  The opposite is true!  But I bought 2 green and 1 fuschia mistakenly and did not figure it out until I got to the part in the pattern where it said to start the second sole.  Ruh roh!  The soles are double thick.  Anyway, it took me 4 skeins because I needed to buy another fuschia.  Here again, had I not felted the singleton, I could have done some fudging, but since I had to match the two, it became a fairly expensive pair of clogs!  Next time I will know better.

Thanks for all the great comments. 

PS — Don’t forget to sign up for the contest!

PSS — In response to your questions:

Michelle asked about the Cascade 220 — I buy it at my LYS.  It’s about $7 a skein for 220 yds (hence, the name ;)).  I don’t really bother with on-line for that because it’s so readily available.  The pattern is from Fiber Trends AC-33x.  It is also available everywhere.  There’s even a class set up at my LYS for this very pattern. 

And look at how gorgeous these can be:


The picture’s not great, but these were in the State Fair last summer next to my socks, which is why I have a picture.  They are so beautiful!  Sorry that I can’t give you the knitter’s name.  So, you can go wild with these and really make them special.  I don’t think I’m up for that right now, but I am thinking ahead to Christmas and may make a pair or two for relatives.



  1. They’re marvelous, Susan!

    I read the directions but my eyes started glazing over and now I can’t find them 😉

    Comment by Marina — March 10, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  2. Thanks for the update on the yarn. I’m going to give it a try — and I think it’ll be on this very project. No. 2 son wants slippers — I hope he wants ‘colorful’ slippers!

    Comment by Wendy O — March 10, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE those adorable clogs!!!! I MUST make them. Where is the pattern from? AND…. do you purchase your Cascade online or at your LYS? Just wondering if there is a place to get it at a reasonably good price. I’m telling you… Sally’s work is phenominal but your work is superb…. if I had to equate the two… hmmmm phenominal ~ superb??? I’d say u girls are 2 incredible knitters. Not only do I enjoy reading your blog but I often consider it a mini~learning experience. Keep inspiring ladies… you are rockin’ the knitting world :)
    teee hee hee…. I feel like a groupie :)

    Comment by Michelle — March 10, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  4. Susan- Just don’t make any for those relatives that dissed them up. The punishment must fit the crime.

    You can be the “Clog Nazi”- No clogs for you!

    President of The Rainey Sisters Fan Club
    Toronto Chapter

    Comment by Lorraine — March 10, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  5. I didn’t diss them. So I think I deserve a pair.

    Whooo — we have a fan club. I’m so excited.

    P.S. Tomorrow, I will post about my further adventures with the red silk yarn and a (lack of) progress report on my Eris.

    Comment by surly — March 10, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  6. Re: the fancy clogs next to your socks. I made a pair of these clogs for my sister (who LOVES them) for her birthday a couple of years ago. I needle felted tulips on the toes — not as elaborate as the ones you show, but easy & fun.

    Comment by Pam — March 10, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

  7. Your clogs are beautiful! You will LOVE them. I live in mine while at home, and wore through the soles of two pair before discovering silicone. What I do, is buy a tube of the clear silicone, available in any hardware store, then spread the silicone on the bottom sole of the slipper. It dries in no time. It helps to make the slippers last longer and allows you to wear them outside to the mailbox! Keeps you from slipping on hardwood floors, as well. When the silicone starts to wear off, I just reapply a new coat. I, too, had to go back and get more yarn for the alternate color, then my daughter suggested knitting the inner sole with the main color. She is so clever!

    Comment by Pallas — March 10, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  8. From Susan to Pallas — I did try to use a different color for the second sole (see unfelted photo), but it did not save me enough — I will be and buy smarter next time. And thanks for the tip about the silicone!!!

    Comment by lv2knit — March 10, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

  9. Makes me want to start my own pair. Love them.

    Comment by Gale — March 11, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  10. You will love your clogs. I have almost worn through the soles on my first pair. They are so cozy in the winter. I made the same yarn purchase error as you did. Somewhere on the pattern there should be a capitalized warning: EVEN IF YOU THINK IT CAN’T BE POSSIBLE, IT IS. YOU REALLY DO BUY MORE OF THE TRIM COLOR!!! I like your reader’s advice about the silicone. I will do that for my next pair.

    Comment by swtrknttr — March 12, 2007 @ 10:41 am

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