The bright red and white geometrics of the door have been bouncing around in my head for a while now.
At the same time, I have been thinking about a new pattern for a pair of slippers.
I love knit slippers. I wear them around the house all the time, and find that it's best to have at least 3 pairs at any given time, so I have something to wear while the other pairs are in the laundry/hiding from me/otherwise unavailable.
My favorite slippers are the "Saturday Morning Slippers" I designed for The Knitting Man(ual). They are warm, they wear well, and they are very comfortable. They are also something of a pain to make--the sole is double stranded twisted garter stitch knit at a very tight gauge, and it's all but guaranteed to leave your hands worn out. I think they are well worth the trouble, but I wanted an alternative that was a bit quicker to knit.
The Saturday Morning Slippers from The Knitting Man(ual). Photo courtesy of Sarah Pope of Blue Garter. The contrast-color sole was her innovation. Well played, Sarah, well played.
In November of last year, I was generously given a copy of Susanne Pagoldh's book, "Nordic Knitting: Thirty-One Patterns in the Scandinavian Tradition".
Originally published in Swedish in 1987, the book was translated into English in 1991. It is currently out of print, so it was truly a delight to receive a copy as a gift.
The book explores knitting traditions from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Finland, and the Faroe Islands. One of the patterns included is for two-color, wool slippers.
These slippers, called skoleistur, are a Faroe Island tradition that has carried on to the present day--or at least up to the time of the book's publication. When I saw this photo, I found the inspiration for my new slipper pattern.
I decided to base my design on the shaping of the skoleistur, and the patterning in the red and white door. After much trial and error (meaning I have several mis-matched prototypes to work into my slipper rotation), I now have finished pair of slippers.
Detail of the sole (left) and side (right) of the slipper.
A pdf of the pattern is in the works, and I hope to have it available as a download by the end of February. And I have new pair of slippers to wear!