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Perseverance and Some Slippers

Only 9 days after starting my slippers, I finished them. You may now well be thinking ‘great’ or ‘what’s that got to do with the price of eggs?’ The thing is, those slippers represent a personal achievement. Not a huge thing, but I bought the pattern two years ago. Two years ago I also tried to make them, using some pretty rainbow coloured wool that I bought in Aldi.

My attempts were very poor, I only got the sole of one slipper made before giving up. You see, the yarn was one of those fluffy ones that also varies in thickness, so I couldn’t see where my stitches were. As well as that, I read the instructions and realised (or rather, just decided), that I couldn’t do it as I did not have a clue how to work around the post. (Apologies to my non crocheting readers for the technical jargon, I felt the same when I read that in the pattern.) The sole was frogged, as far as I could, and then the yarn was a tangled mess which went in the bin. I could have kept going, but I think I’d have ended up getting cross.

That was it, I worked on other projects (for two more years) that were far simpler and I learned a lot. The other week I decided to try again, I had plenty of yarn and the yearning to try a new thing. Since my first attempt, my crochet has sped up, my technique has improved and I have mor experience with using different stitches. I was no longer fazed by working around the post after making Sophie’s Garden, and I was the proud owner of 6 new stitch markers which Mr C bought me for Mother’s Day, meaning I could do all the fiddly counting.

Yesterday morning was the first today of my Easter holidays and my son and I were awake well before my daughter, so we went downstairs to watch TV. I indulged my self in some early morning crochet and got them finished, and added sock stop to the soles. They were ready to wear by this morning, and they’re super comfy and warm. 

Every time I wear them, I am reminded of the need for perseverance.  Although my perseverance in this case was more of a ’round the houses and come back to it’ approach, as opposed to ‘just keep hammering at it until you crack it’, I still feel proud. Proud that I tried again, proud that I achieved my goal, and proud that they actually fit!

I’d definitely recommend the pattern, which is available to buy from Ravelry. It’s by Bonita yarns and although it’s challenging, it includes all sizes from baby to adult. In these rainbow colours they make me think of fairies and woodland elves. I even have enough yarn left to make a baby pair, which I’m considering making as my entry into our village show later this summer.

Have you ever found something tricky, come back to it after after a while and suddenly been able.able to do it? 

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59 thoughts on “Perseverance and Some Slippers

  1. Yay for perseverance! Those turned out awesome! What yarn is it? I really like the color changes and would love to make a baby pair for one of my friends that is having a rainbow theme for her rainbow baby. I adore the crocodile stitch and think it adds so much flair. It makes people think you worked harder than you did πŸ™‚

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      1. Excellent! Thank you so much for the quick response. I’ve received several balls of Ice yarn when buying crochet hooks from Furls Crochet; however didn’t know they had their own site with such colorful options πŸ™‚

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  2. They are beautiful! Congrats on finishing them. I have about 100 patterns that I bought and never started and about half a dozen projects I started but gave up on. When it comes to knitting or crocheting I can never get my tension right so my pieces are all wonky and I give up. I am trying to see how I do with a loom. I tried but so far my tension is bad on that too. Perhaps I need to relax and just have fun with it. I love your slippers though. They are beautiful!

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  3. Bravo! Those slippers are fantastic! What a fun pattern and yarn! It would be impossible to wear those slippers without smiling at them every time you look at your feet! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, I wanted pretty patterns but my drawing skills are sadly lacking so I didn’t dare to risk them. I just followed lines in the crochet so I couldn’t mess up! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚

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  4. Reblogged this on Oh Yes, They Did and commented:
    Those turned out great! I couldn’t help but share this post! Kim wants to learn the “crocodile” stitch or whatever name you call it. I will have to check out this pattern to see if the pattern is one I can teach her! Can’t wait to try it!

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  5. These are beautiful and I’ve now started to make a pair, inspired by your blog. I hope you don’t mind I’ve put a link to your page. I think I’m going to have to change the pattern on the sole a bit as my feet are a little bit bigger/wider than the large size allows for. How much do you think that will affect the pattern later? Do you think I will be able to adapt it easily, or does the pattern rely on there being a multiple of a specific number when you single crochet round the edge of the sole?

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    1. I think you may need to look at the pattern and adapt slightly, the multiples come in more for the cuffs, as the main part relies simply on there being an even number for alternate front/back post stitches. You might just need to decide where you want the extra stitches to be included (toe part or heel part) and adapt the decreases to meet your needs. Hope that helps, good luck! 😊

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  6. Isn’t it great when you can see how far you have come with something like crochet? These are amazing and poor toes are wanting a pair to keep them snug now too. Unfortunately I can’t afford the pattern fee, broke university student over here, but I’ll have to look for something similar that is free

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