27 years ago on Sunday, Benita became a part of my life. I opened her up on Christmas morning and she became an almost constant companion for the next few years.
With Benita, came a wardrobe of outfits for her to wear. Including a nightgown made from leftover material from one of my nightgowns and matching pink bunny slippers (she’s wearing a different outfit in the photo above that also matched a dress Mom made for me).
What I didn’t realize until I saw Tiny Owl Knit’s Hopsalots pattern, is that all these years I have wanted a pair of bunny slippers like Benita’s. And for some reason I wanted to wear them on Christmas morning. So once my essential Christmas knitting was completed I cast on these slippers using Patons Classic Wool held double in Magenta and Aran.
I started them on Wednesday the 14th, finished the knitting on Saturday the 17th, felted them using Mom’s top loader washing machine on the 18th, and then did the finishing on them last night after all my non-essential Christmas knitting was complete. I had to add a little length to the slippers in order to get them to match the approximates given in the pattern. They took 15 minutes in the washing machine to felt to the right length. I spun them dry in the washer and then formed them to my feet before letting them sit to dry. For the finishing I used button eyes and commercial pompoms for the noses and tails so they would match the features on Benita’s slippers.
I’m so happy with these slippers. They are warm and fuzzy and just perfect.
The Boot Covers have not been thought about let alone worked on.
Of the 4 Secret Projects I have started, I have finished all 4. I have 1 or 2 small things that I would like to make, but selfishly the priority is finishing the Pink Bunny Slippers. More details will be provided on the Secret Projects after they have been gifted.
There is a new puppy in the family. My brother, Erik, now has a Miniature Schnauzer of his own. Her name is Anya and she is just a darling. She’s about 3 months old now.
With Christmas on the way we needed to make Anya a stocking. Looking in the Christmas yarn stash, Mom and I came up with some blue Red Heart Holiday yarn with silver sparkles and I used Fidget’s stocking as a template to make a new one. This is my 11th project for the 12 in 2011 challenge.
Now Fidget has a red stocking, Anya has a white one, Charlie has a green one, and Anya has a blue one, and all the puppies are set for Christmas morning.