How could I forget! Here I was about to join the rest of the crafty internet in posting a recap/mosaic of my projects from last year, and I realized there was one left from Christmas that I never posted about! I made a pair of crocheted slippers for my mom. The pattern (Mary Jane Skimmers) is by Sylvia Schuchardt and it is pure genius.
For mom's pair I used lion brand cotton ease (green inner sole) and sirdar spree (outer beige). The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn held double, so I doubled the lion brand, but since the spree is a bulky weight yarn I held it single and worked loosely. Some of you may recall that I've crocheted this pattern once before, smaller. (Related: the number of google searches for "kitten wearing shoes" that brings people to my flickr stream is truly amazing.) The pattern does require a fair amount of stitch counting, and if you're like me and you constantly lose count you need to be able to "read" your stitches accurately. That said, this pattern might not be for the beginning crocheter, but if you stick with it it will reward you handsomely with a very structured, sturdy pair of crocheted slippers/shoes that will most definitely stay on your feet while you're walking around the house. I absolutely LOATHE wearing slippers that constantly come off my feet. Whenever I'm at home I'm wearing slippers, and I don't know about you, but I'm walking around the house constantly and if those things are falling off they're going to be left behind. I know my mom is the same way, so I was really pleased to see how the shaping involved in this pattern made them look just like a pair of shoes. The top of the heel knicks in a bit, the sole is double thick (!!!), the sides are sufficiently high, and the toe/top fits snugly over the top of the foot. This pattern is a total winner. Mom sure thought so, too.