My baby sister (who is 22) spent six months in Finland this past school year, and learned a new tradition almost immediately: whenever indoors, it is expected that you take your shoes off and replace them with slippers. This wasn’t completely unfamiliar to her, as we were never allowed anything but brand new, “never-been-worn” shoes in the house we shared at one time. Still, when we visit our parents, this rule is enforced, usually by our nephew (refer to Every Boy A Dinosaur). He points to our shoes disapprovingly and says, “Mimi doesn’t like that…”
But the second part of the custom – the slippers – are not a part of our household culture. Instead we tend to walk around barefoot, stubbing our toes around each corner. Slippers are a nice addition – something we should consider. Lucky for Baby Sister, I sent her on her way with the perfect pair of hand-made slippers to wear in her dorm room and the abode of a new friend.I honestly don’t remember the name of the yarn that I used, but I do remember that it was made from the very first skeins of yarn that I ever purchased. In fact, it was supposed to be knit into a scarf, but my first attempts were sub-par, ugly, unwearable. I bought it at Michael’s and it is acrylic. I found the pattern in the magazine Knits Weekend, put out by Interweave. It was designed by Amy Palmer, who gave me quite the challenge (I had to frog it several times and start over). But, as it goes, it was one of the more satisfying projects to complete.
You can’t really tell in the pictures, but it has this luscious, soft fuzz inside created by needlefelting: an added detail that kept Baby Sister warm and cozy and, hopefully, feeling at home.