Reworking a slipper
Last year around this time I had just released the new version of the Simple House Slippers pattern. I have been wanting to write a bit about what my thoughts were going into that. The original pattern has been like my umbelical cord to the knitting community. Especially in the couple of years that I took away from knitting. Since its original release many years ago people have told me of knitting them as christmas slippers for their entire family or to keep their work buddies feet warm or for all the kindergardeners they teach. A woman wrote to tell me she made slippers as a thank you to the doctors and nurses who took care of her as she was battling cancer. Recently Espace Tricot asked if people could knit slippers for a womens shelter in Montreal, Canada and recommended this pattern. The traffic to the pattern more than tripled which was amazing to see.
Being a witness to the love, care and effort all of you show the people in your life through these slippers is overwhelming in the most warm and fuzzy way. It sounds cheesy but it really is such an honor to me.
All these stories are also why the first version of the pattern will always be available for free on this site. So you can keep yourself and your people warm even if you have no money to spare. But they are also why I decided to do a complete rework of the pattern. I think most people have had no issue knitting from it, but I have also gotten pretty consistent email and comments from people asking for more sizes or struggling with a few of my kind of vague formulations. The original pattern was written during the blog era (its a thing right?) and was just a way of saying; I have experimented with slippers like an obsessed woman and have found my fave way of knitting them, loook! :) As I just shared my process there was no tech editing or testing which is generally a good idea haha. I had also written my knitting experiments down exactly 1 time before (when I made the Simple Lines Scarf). In other words I was NOT prepared for the attention they got and really did not think of myself as a pattern writer at the time.
Working on new patterns
I have learned A LOT since then. So releasing a hopefully well-written, edited and tested update to the pattern felt like the best way to give some love back to it and the people knitting it. In the process of reworking the slippers, I fell back in love with knitting, designing and writing patterns in a big way. The knitting “world” has changed a lot and I mostly find it overwhelming to be honest. At the same time I can’t think of anything better than working with these fiber and construction puzzles. So that is what I am doing now :). I have a handful of patterns in different stages of readiness and hope to be able to roll them out and show you soon. Argh I am nervous you guys!
Happy New (and safe) Year to all of you <3