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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Survival: Slipper Socks


Do note the jammie bottoms...

When it comes to heating my house, I take a "less is more" attitude.  This is witnessed by the multiple layers worn by savvy visitors and family upon entering Inicio de Poca Suerte (Home of Little Lucky - I am feeling bilingual).  I can blissfully sail through the chilly atmosphere thanks to a variety of survival gear that I have amassed during the (almost) eight years I've been here.  You've met The Geezer Sweater - now meet "Slipper Socks". 

I came across these in a catalog priced at a deep discount.  Even though I may have purchased them on a whim, I cannot make it through winter mornings without them.  They are (supposedly) hand knit, of thick, pure wool, with a double sole - heavy knit bottom with a sewn-on leather sole.  Honestly, it could be 32 degrees in the house and my toes would be toasty.

I have put on my long-term, many-paged list "Learn to knit slipper socks", but, in the nonce, I have found and purchased a back-up pair.  Way too often I have found some wonderful piece of clothing, pair of shoes, etc., only to find they have been discontinued when I go to replace them.  I am taking no chances this time.  I figure, by the time I thoroughly wear out both pair of slipper socks, I will have mastered making them.  Or so I hope.  Either that, or I change plans and move to New Mexico.

24 comments:

  1. Are those wiener dogs on your jammies ?? MUST HAVE MUST HAVE ! lol And where, oh where, did the slipper sox come from? I keep wearing out those silly fuzzy socks, because I am like you in winter.

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    1. Akannie - They are!!! I made them - the fabric was on sale at JoAnn Fabrics and I could not resist - wiener dogs being my all time favorite breed (besides the hybrids that reside with me). The slipper sox are made by Woolrich and the best price I found was at Daniel Green Slippers. You will LOVE them!

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  2. I love the one's Land's End have, but they are way to expensive. Guess I'll learn to knit them myself.

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    1. Kristina - That's what I figured, too. These were a very good price, which is why I decided to get them. But, by the time they wear through (and with frequent mending, I'm sure), I will have figured it out...

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  3. Oh, how wise you were to find and stash away a second pair. (You sound like my husband. He's got a back-up for every single thing he uses or wears!) Love your weiner dog jammies/lounging pants.

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    1. Mama Pea - Smart man, that Papa Pea!

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  4. I bought some old wool sweaters at the thrift shop. Shrunk them, then cut out four bottoms for double soles. Then just cut off the sleeves. The cuff part goes toward your knee and you just finangle the other end to the sole and sew together with yarn. Very easy. Mine are not as cute as yours but they are very warm.

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    1. Penny - What a great idea! That would be a whole lot easier than trying to decipher the pattern. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a good wool sweater at our thrift shops - either folks are holding onto theirs, or only buy synthetics. But I will now be on the lookout...

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  5. I love your slipper socks AND your wiener dog jammies but I highly recommend moving to New Mexico (or even Arizona)! :)

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    1. Candy - At least I'd know someone in Arizona!

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  6. Uh......I vote for option two - moving to New Mexico!! You guys are getting hit with some cold weather so please stay warm!!

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    1. FFG - Spoken like a true Southerner! Our weather is positively schizophrenic!

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  7. Cute, and I've seen those before. I learned the hard way too, buy 2 of anything you really like. Chances are they'll be gone when you go back :(

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    1. LHB - That happened with my favorite pair of pants from LLBean. There one season, gone the next!

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  8. I drive my husband crazy. He will come home to me wearing my heavy robe over my clothing and thick slipper sock. Then we end up having the same conversation all over again. Him: If your cold turn the heat up. Me: Why waste the money when I am warm like this. Him : Your wearing your robe over your clothes. Me: So it works. ...... We go thru this every time. I see us saving money( Heating is high in California ) he sees me being silly. So it's nice to know I am not the only one. I will be showing him your post to show him I am not alone in my thinking.

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    1. Michelle - He should be thrilled that you would rather layer up than spend money! You need to talk to that man!!

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  9. Anything to keep warm and wool is best. Those slipper socks are pretty and pretty useful, well done.

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    1. TCF - I love anything woolen in the winter. I have a favorite woolen blanket that must weigh 10 lbs, but it is warmer than anything I've ever used as a cover in the winter.

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  10. Those made my day! I knit what I call bed socks.....my mother made them for us when we were kids. I use heavier yarn and knit with two colors so it makes them too heavy for shoes but great for around the house, I also knit them tall so they come up the leg almost to the knee. Ralph wears them when he is at the computer and then to bed, he says they are awesome to sleep in. My Mother knit here from our own yarn made from our sheep's fleece, she washed it clean but did not strip it of lanolin completely. This heavier homespun yarn made super socks and a benefit was the lanolin in the wool helped soften your heels.

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    1. Fiona - Do you have a pattern for those bed socks that you could share??? That is a great idea - using the natura lanolin in the wool. My Icelandics are heavy on the lanolin, so their wool would be a natural.

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    2. I don't actually have a pattern, I copied from a sock my mother made. The two color pattern is from Norwegian mitt patterns. I will get a photo and see if I can figure out a pattern design. The natural wool socks were not two colored , just a standard sock pattern made with heavier homespun yarn. Icelandic fleece, wow the Lincoln Continental of fleece, very cool!

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    3. I found this quite good sock knitting tutorial...I am still looking for the Norwegian patterns I base my socks on. Too many books!

      http://www.wikihow.com/Knit-Socks

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  11. HOW did I miss this post? Slipper socks AND Weiner Dog PJ pants?! You are a goddess of practical fashion (well, at least at LLF).

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    1. Carolyn - You've got that right, sister...

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