So...I'm supposed to be in spin class right now. But, I'm not. I'm not even sure how that happened, but I never made any attempt to go towards the gym after I left the office this afternoon. Just headed straight to the freeway and home. I have no excuses, except if I try really hard I might be able to blame it on my bad lunch. We'll go with that and call it a day. We'll also ignore the fact that I just put a bottle of wine into the freezer to chill.
I also have something to get off my chest. See these slippers:
These are Christmas presents for B's parents and his great aunt...but not for this coming Christmas. Nope. These are for last Christmas...that they received last week. I am SUCH a bad daughter-in-law! This project started innocently enough about this time last year when I cleaned out my closet and found several lovely wool sweaters of the late 80s to early 90s variety. One even had a couple holes.
I set about the process of felting them and researched how to turn them into slippers. I had grand plans of designing them myself, but no matter what I did, I just couldn't get the shape right. This project quickly turned into one of those pre-Christmas nightmares and I was running out of time. And right about the time I realized that there was no way they were going to make it to their destination in time, I realized the fallibility of the Google search: your results are only as good as your search.
Needless to say that Martha Stewart came to the rescue with these easy felt slippers. Unfortunately, a Plan didn't mean that they actually got made. And a few days turned into a few weeks and the next thing you know, you have a wonderfully seasonally inappropriate Christmas gift for your in-laws in September. EXACTLY what I was going for!
I ended up using wool from four different sweaters (and I still have quite a bit left over) and because of their thickness, I did most of the sewing by hand. I also added these groovy grippers to the bottom of each pair with fabric paint as I have no interest at being the cause for anyone's broken neck or hip.
I think they came out pretty good, although there is one pair I managed to get into the sewing machine that doesn't lay as nice as the other two pairs. I do plan to make a pair for myself, but when? I have no idea. Maybe someday when I have long since forgotten about how long I made my in-laws wait for their Christmas presents.