So recently I've become enthralled with the slipper patterns at Mamachee. While making my Mom a pair of the slingbacks, I discovered that my gauge is slightly larger than recommended for her patterns. It wasn't a problem on Mom's slippers, I just made them a size smaller, but it gave me hope that the Opa Slippers (which are sized up to a Men's 12/13) might actually be a 15/16 in my looser gauge. It was totally worth a try... (and even if the pattern didn't work for him, Mims and I would both rock the little grandpa slippers!!)
Lucky for me, the slippers were the perfect size! They're HUGE!!! LOL!!!
The finished slippers turned out so cool!!! They are pretty slippery on the bottom so I think I'm going to make him some jute soles and maybe add some lines of silicone for extra grip. I'd hate for him to break something falling down the stairs in these things... LOL!! Best and worst gift ever?!
I also made some manly soap this week. I used the cylinder pour method from Soap Crafting to make my Mountain Man soap... I scraped the outer edge of the soap with a fork to make it look like tree bark.
My brother-in-law's birthday is coming up. I crocheted a jute basket to hold some of the soaps. I love the rustic look of the jute. The natural look is so great with the soap.
I also experimented with the Mantra Swirl technique from Soap Crafting this week. I got a little crazy and made a rainbow mantra swirl. And then I flung a bunch of cosmetic grade soap glitter on it. Unicorn soap?!
This last soap was completely inspired by Kyme at Alamo Candelaria. I watched a bunch of her YouTube videos and had to try making her soap poppies. It was so much fun!! I ended up making 3 different colors of poppies to make my soap look like a big poppy field...
If you'd like to try them yourself, here's the video that inspired me!