Comfy Hotel Slippers – Hello from Edmonton

Comfy Hotel Slippers – Hello from Edmonton

Hello from the warm but wet Alberta North! We have arrived in Edmonton where the temperatures are hovering above freezing so despite it snowing like crazy last night, outside is mostly just wet. But since the weather is warming up, we went exploring today.

This weekend we found the delightful Duchess Bakery, bought a box of Macarons, and enjoyed coffee and sandwiches. Sam is such a social butterfly that he has decided he hates restaurants where he can’t see and smile at everyone around him, so Duchess’s open atmosphere was perfect for him.

Last week I found a really cool pattern on Pinterest for crochet slippers with a flip flop sole. The pattern is great, but I’ll admit that I didn’t read the whole thing before deciding I had to have a pair. Instead I bought a cute pair of flip flops from Old Navy, a matching skein of yarn at Michaels (who had amazing sales last week) and tried to figure it out on my own.14

Then I went back and read the pattern because shaping the toes and heel was not something I instinctively knew how to do. I made two pairs over the course of a week, and pictures from both pairs are included. The first one is too big and I used variegated yarn which ended up with a slightly odd pattern.

The second attempt went much better. With a little practice it ended up being a 2 nap pattern, but Sam has been sleeping a little longer now.

So here we go! A cute pair of slippers to wear around the hotel and to the restaurant in the morning. I highly recommend checking out the pattern I based it off at Make and Do Crew because she explains how to taper the heel and do the toe much better than I can. Also, I’ve never written a pattern before, so I’m half writing a pattern and half explaining what I did.

It’s basically the same pattern, only I use 2 rows of half double crochet instead of 9 rows of single crochet because I’m trying to get them done while Sam sleeps. If you don’t want to struggle through understanding that, just jump over there and follow a properly written pattern, complete with proper diagrams. I won’t judge.1

You need:

A pair of flip flops, smaller than your shoe size. I used size 6.

1 skein of yarn, I used Loops and Threads Impeccable in Lavender.

A pair of embroidery scissors

Something to poke a hole, I used a glasses screwdriver, but a tapestry needle might work as well

A small crochet hook, about 3mm

A larger crochet hook, about 4.5mm

The first thing I discovered, which I would know if I read the pattern all the way through, is that you make these slippers with a flip flop that is at least 1 size smaller than what you usually wear. This way the crochet edge holds a little tighter to your feet. These ones are still a little loose, but they stay on well enough for wandering around the hotel.

The first thing you want to do is cut off the thong part that holds your feet in place.

Next I used a pair of embroidery scissors to poke 50 holes around the edge of the sole, about every ¼ inch, and then a glasses screwdriver to poke through the sole on an angle.

Round 1: Use a 3mm crochet hook to single crochet the first row all the way around the sole of the flip flop starting in the middle of the heel. Insert a stitch marker at the starting point. This was the part that took me the longest. It’s a bit of work to get the hook through the hole, grab the yarn and get it back through without losing the yarn.

Round 2: Still with the smaller hook, single crochet another round, do not turn.6

Round 3: Switch to the larger hook and single crochet another round, do not turn.

Round 4 and 5: Half Double Crochet (hdc) all the way around for two rounds. Do not turn at the stitch marker.7

Row 6: This is where I started tapering the heel. At Make and Do Crew, they have a really good tutorial on how to do this, so if my instructions don’t make sense, check over there!

Below is a chart of one side of the heel. The black square is the stitch marker. Work to the slip stitch and then back.
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From the stitch maker single crochet in the next 15 stitches, or to the middle of the sole. Slip stitch into the next hdc. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: Slip stich into the next single crochet from row 6. Single crochet back to the stitch marker for the middle of the heel (if you did 15 stitches in row 6, it will be 14 stitches back). Do not turn.

8b Single crochet in the next 15 hdc in the opposite direction, slip stitch into the next hdc from round 5. Chain and turn.

Slip stitch into the next single crochet. Single crochet back towards the stitch marker in the heel. Do not turn.

Row 8: Single crochet in the next 13 stitches, or 2 less than you did in row 6. Slip stitch into the next single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 9: Single crochet back to the stitch marker in the heel. Do not turn. Single crochet in the next 13 stitches. Slip stitch into the next single crochet, chain 1 and turn.

Single crochet back to the stitch marker in the heel.

Round 10: Single crochet around the entire sole and fasten off.9

Shaping the toe: I followed the direction from Make and Do crew except I did 9 rows of hdc bunches instead of only 4. This way the toe covers more of your foot and stays on better.11

Cluster: 3hdc in the same stitch.

With the toe facing you find the middle of the toe and count 6 stitches to the right. Join your yarn to the shoe with a slip stitch.

10Row 1: (Skip 2 hdc, cluster in the next hdc) three times. Skip 2 hdc and slip stitch into the next 2 hdc from round 5. Turn.

Row 2-9: Cluster in the center hdc of each cluster in the previous row. Slip stitch into the next 2 hdc from round 5. Turn.12

Round 10: single crochet across the toe and around the whole shoe. Fasten off.

You’re done! These slippers are really cute when you’re finished, and really comfy to wear. Even my husband thought they looked neat and might secretly want a pair. He asked if he could try them on, but I informed him they would most certainly not fit his feet.13

Right now I’m working on 2 larger projects to share with you, so I might not get the next post up this week. Sam is also working on at least one more tooth and is even more fussy than when the bottom ones came in. I remember when my wisdom teeth came in, so I don’t blame him for being miserable, but it does make for hit or miss nap times and long nights. I often end up falling asleep while putting him down for his nap.

We have three more weeks on the road, and then I have an amazing cake to make for my step-dad’s birthday. This next month is going to be very interesting, and hopefully I’ll be able to work myself into a better rhythm for running this blog.

Until next time.

Back on The Road

Back on The Road

It shouldn’t surprise you that I spend a lot of time and money in Michael’s. There are people who I’m not allowed to go shopping with because it will inevitably end with me starting a new project. Or leaving with a bag full of yarn. However I still make almost weekly trips into town to wander through and get inspired to do new things.

When I was there the other day I was looking for candy melts so I could make cake pops (which I ended up not making) and instead discovered that their candy melts now come in Cheesecake and English Toffee. YUM!!IMG_20170212_1746592

I instantly knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I wanted to make some fun little candies for my husband before we took off on our longest business trip of the year. I wanted to bring them with us, but they didn’t last that long.

We are currently one week into a five week trip through the beautiful but freezing Canadian Prairies. I commented on the snow in Calgary, where we currently are and someone asked if I was really surprised.

“Calgary is basically a snow globe.” Which I know, because I lived here for 8 years as a teenager.

Back to the candies.IMG_20170212_1804202

This is super super easy, and I’m excited to try a few other things with it when I get home. But for now, let me show you the basics.

Get a silicone candy mold. Mine is a Wilton individual brownie pan, so it has 24 little squares. I also have little round ones, and saw hearts and different shapes at Michael’s as well.IMG_20170212_1748477

Make a thin layer of sprinkles on the bottom of each square.IMG_20170212_1800085

Melt your candies in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until they’re all melted. Pour about a tablespoon of melted candy into each little square.IMG_20170212_1804041

I decorated the tops with heart candies and some chocolate non parallels.

Put them in the fridge until they set up. You can also let them sit on the counter, but it takes a lot longer that way.IMG_20170212_1931168

Pop them out of the silicone mold and enjoy!

It is such an easy process that you can do it anytime you feel like. They make great little gifts and can easily be made while the baby naps.IMG_20170212_1932358

I even have a microwave in my hotel room so if I feel like it, I can make them on the road! Although my husband informed me he wasn’t a big fan of the English Toffee flavour (he’s wrong, they’re amazing!) I know that they also come in white and dark chocolate, and milk chocolate at Bulk Barn.

You can also decorate them any way you want. Swap out the sprinkles on the bottom for the ones that look like snowflakes or stars, or even coloured sugar or a coloured candy melt.

I’ll be sure to do another post with some other ideas for how to make fun little candies for different events.