Tadaa: Moonkoosa Boots

Hello Everyone!

This is going to be a super quick post as I forgot about it during the day and by now should shave been sleeping already. It’s been a pretty rough day. I can’t remember if I mentioned this but I started a treatment on monday for a sever vitamin and mineral deficiency (it was so bad that it was causing a lot of issues–> bad migraines, no energy, my heart was acting up, etc). Thankfully we figured out what was going on and causing all my troubles and could start treating. If not, it would have lead to permanent damage. So now i get a shot in my butt every monday. And more bloodwork as we still haven’t figured it all out yet. But the shots are known to make your symptoms a lot worse before making you feel better. I shrugged this off, but today was definitely a horrible day. I was so tired and had no energy at all. I got up, had breakfast and then went back to bed only to get up for dinner and i then did a tiny spot of knitting (the deficiency also causes you to have trouble sleeping at night). I ended up completely forgetting to post about my finally finished wip!

I thought I had started this wip ages ago, but it was only september of last year. I had ordered the yarn and needles as son as the pattern came out and then finished half and put it away. It was a fast knit so I really should just have finished it.

I’m talking about the Moonkoosa pattern by Tiny Owl Knits. I saw it and knew it would be perfect for me. I wear house shoes in the house at all times. It keeps my feet warm and clean. I go through about a pair a year and usually get a new pair for Christmas. these would be my gift to myself. Well it never came that far. I ended up buying other stuff and they lay dormant in my stash. Last week I needed a fast project, but wanted to finish some more things before casting on new things. I grabbed my one knit boot and the rest of the supplies and set to work. It took me one evening to knit the other boot and the next morning to attach the fringe. The fringe was by far the most amount of work. I put on a movie to keep it from getting boring, but it wasn’t that fun. The boots looked like I had skinned a muppet to make them.

Then it was time to get felting. I had never felted anything before and didn’t trust our washing machine to do it. I filled the sink with hot water and a very generous amount of dish soap. I abused the hell out of these things. I think I took about 45 minutes per boot, but i was being very hesitant in the beginning. And it tired my hands. I got the kitchen quite wet, but eventually I succeeded. I recommend doing one boot at a time as the fringe tangles together quite badly. I had to go trough all of it and tear (yes, tear!) it apart. I ended up abusing my hands pretty badly. My fingers hurt over the next few days and I broke most of my nails.

But the result was worth it. They came out so much better than expected!

They are so comfy! I let them dry on my feet and they formed perfectly to my foot shape. They’re super warm and comfy! When they are dry they are very slippery on our wooden floor though, so I applied some bright teal latex to the bottom. I’m not sure if I did it right, because it seems to be already wearing off. Thankfully I’m planning on adding a leather sole eventually, this was just a quick fix-it to keep me from falling.

The stats:

Pattern: Moonkoosa Boots by Tiny Owl Knits/ Stephanie Dosen. I went for the mid length boot and the round toe. There are several sizes of boots you can pick from and there’s also a pointed toe.

Yarn: Drops Eskimo in 47m. I used 6 skeins. I had some trouble calculating how much I would need  and ordered 13 balls, so I’m probably going to make another pair.

I’m off to bed now, I hope I didn’t forget anything! I have a very busy day tomorrow and plan on taking a lot of pictures. I’m going to my very first blog event and it’s in a theme that totally fits for this blog, it’s about something very beautiful! And in the evening I have my aunts birthday and we’re going out to dinner. I spent quite some time yesterday practicing product photo’s with my dslr and used my stash as practice material. I now have everything listed on Ravelry (My nickname is Alazybeauty over there).

Love, Renée


I wrote my first pattern!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for my absence, but I swear I have a very good reason. This past week I have been very busy designing my first pattern! And today is the day… I finished it and it has been uploaded to Ravelry! Yahoooo! I’m going to celebrate with a beer and some popcorn. Paired with a few more episodes of Charmed (I have seen them a million times, but I still love all the episodes!)

This is my French Doily. I love it. It’s a bit of a mix between modern (the triangles go perfectly with the current aztec trend) and old fashioned (the scallops, the netting, etc. All so very doily-esque!) It would look very fun under a vase or trinket or just on it’s own on a table or sideboard. I’m going to make several doilies in this same yarn and colour and freeform them together to form a bohemian tablecloth. All shapes and sizes are perfect for this project! The fun thing about this doily is that you don’t have to limit yourself at all, you can use any yarn (with the appropriate hook) to change it’s appearance! As a matter of a fact I might hook up a huge one (bulky yarn, or several strands of DK held double) for a bath mat! Imagine how soft and squishy it will be under your feet!

I hooked up the sample in a lace weight yarn with a 2.5 mm hook and that gave the following result. Compared to my hand it looks quite big (and my arm looks tan and my nail polish is so cheery)!

This doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mom brought back from a trip to France, hence the name, French doily. I also like to think that the French are stylish, old fashioned and yet modern.

You can find the patten in my Ravelry shop, right here. It’s going to be €1,50, but the first 24 downloaders can get it for free with the coupon code FIRST20.

To illustrate the importance of blocking, here’s a photo of the doily pre-blocking:

And a photo during blocking:

The blocking really helps open the netting sections!

I love it!  What do you guys think?

Love, Renée

ps. So pleased! While typing this post it has already been downloaded 4 times, whieeee! 😀