Maybe Matilda: Crochet Slippers :: Mary Jane and Murry Joe

Friday, October 21, 2011

Crochet Slippers :: Mary Jane and Murry Joe

I don't often crochet things for myself. (Correction: the cowl I made for our crochet along was, I believe, the second thing I have ever crocheted for myself.) I have only made two, count 'em, two things for Forrest. I am always crocheting--seriously, all the time--but hardly have a single item in my house that I made to keep. That seems kind of sad, doesn't it? That hundreds of kids all over the world are wearing my hats, but most of the people I love (um, myself included) don't own anything I've made for them?

And earlier this month, while I was up to my ears in orders for my shop, I realized something: my feet were chilly. Quite chilly. Sure, I could have gone and put on a pair of socks, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and this girl's heart wanted handmade crochet slippers. Is that so wrong?

So I set aside the orders I was working on and decided that, wonder of wonders, I was going to crochet something for me. And not decide at the last minute to sell it instead, which happens to most of the crochet projects that I start for myself. Ravelry produced an adorable Mary Jane slippers pattern and I got busy while listening to General Conference

Before too long, I had a cute pair of slippers. But my feet were still chilly. Why, you ask?
Because those are my dang husband's gigantic hobbit feet in my slippers! I know that I crochet loosely and usually need to drop at least one hook size or alter patterns to make them smaller. So I did. I went down one hook size from what the pattern recommended, and crocheted them according to the pattern. I thought that would be enough. Clearly, it was not.
(I'd like to take a moment to point out that I did not direct him in these feet poses. He's a natural.)

I was actually headed towards the garbage can to toss them out when he called, "Wait! Where are you going with those?!" I told him they were getting chucked, obviously, because they were huge and ridiculous.

"Are you joking? I want them." Really? You want them? "Of course!" And he's been wearing them ever since.

Thank goodness conference is two days long--I had enough time to make a matching pair for myself . . . a little smaller this time around.
After that first pair of slippers, I was prepared to declare this a crochet failure and give up, never to make anything for myself again. But matching husband-wife Mary Jane and Murry Joe slippers?
I do believe that's a crochet win.

(If you plan to use this pattern to make yourself some slippers, head to my Ravelry project page to see what alterations I made to the pattern to end up with a size that fit me.)

30 comments :

  1. OMG! That is too funny. Thanks for the good laugh, and I think he has a new career as a footwear model ;)

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  2. Okay this got a chuckle out of me this morning, after a very stressful day yesterday and a night of poor sleep. Awesome. I was wondering why you had such fuzzy legs in the first picture :) That's cute that your husband played along and can enjoy your creations too. Very cute slippers though, might have to try them out. I'm really enjoying Ravelry, made a couple things off there already.

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  3. I was so glad to hear those were your husband's legs! I seriously thought, "oooh, rachel is going au natural".

    I want me a pair of these! Love them.

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  4. hahahahahaha!!! I LOVE them. That is so awesome! Tell Jeff he totally rocks those slippers. Love the pics of both your feet together. So cute!

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  5. OMG that is too funny! I can't believe he even posed for photos!
    I checked out the pattern and it looks kind of complicated... do you think a beginning to almost intermediate crocheter could make them??

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  6. oh you two. very very funny.

    :)

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  7. Oh my goodness, I had to giggle to myself when I saw that pic of your husband's legs. Too funny! Those are pretty awesome little slippers though. :)

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  8. Oh gosh! How adorable! Totally something my husband would do. Love it!

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  9. Oh, he's a natural. Hilarious.

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  10. What is a husband? I don't understand....do you mean a hubby? Or a Hubs? I only understand cutesy talk.

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  11. Also, who took these pictures? Forrest? I'm laughing at that mental image now.

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  12. Oh my goodness, you had me laughing with this post! The first picture actually had me thinking "wow, that's not what I would think Rachel's ankles would look like." And I LOVE the "Murry Joe." Looks like you two had a lot of fun modeling :)

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  13. Cutest matching slippers ever!!!!
    And those poses, just amazing...methinks someone could have a new career as foot models

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  14. Ha! That is super funny. And you're right, he IS a natural! ;)

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  15. Oh my that is to funny! I love the foot posing! So cute that you two match. I printed out this pattern two days ago but haven't started on them yet. I will have to check out the changes you made!:)

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  16. This is the cutest post I have ever read!! Purely because it was totally unintentional. The actual slippers are lovely too, I totally want a pair! =) x

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  17. Can you sell these in your shop? I love them! Maybe I'll have to buy a matching pair for my husband too..

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  18. That was the cutest thing I have ever seen, your husband posing like that! At first I had to kind of wonder, thought maybe you just needed to shave your legs! This post was adorable!!! Love those slippers! Must make some too!

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  19. this post made me laugh out loud - a few times. hobbit feet! (snerkle, snerkle)

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  20. So funny! He has a real talent for modeling :) The slippers look great - you are so talented!

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  21. I absolutely love that he wanted to keep them!!!

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  22. I love the slippers. Sometimes it is hard to figure out exactly how something will turn out from a pattern. I love crocheting but I don't usually keep what I make either.

    BTW~You are the winner of the rosette giveaway!! Send me your info so I can send it out.

    Ruth

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  23. I was a little worried that they were your legs before I read the story... I thought hang on that face surely doesn't have fuzzy legs like that ;)

    Very cute - love the posing together.

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  24. I was also fooled by the male legs. I was like whoa, check out Rachel's cankles. Very cute slippers!!

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  25. You two should be foot/ankle models. Seriously, I see dollar signs. :) Super cute slippers!

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  26. Ummm, yes. I did, in fact, laugh out loud as I was reading this post. That's all. :)

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  27. I've just found this pattern last week. I'm unhappy with the toe up patterns and I'm working on a found version for my MJs. These are still cute. Picture with husband = hilarious.

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  28. I smell revisionist history! You were about to UNRAVEL the slippers to REUSE the yarn, when instead you MADE your husband WEAR them and took PHOTOS! ;) Either way, super cute.

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  29. This seriously made me laugh! I came across your blog when I saw your GORGEOUS bobble blanket on Pinterest. I have high hopes to copy...green and all. ;) I just started crocheting 2 months ago. I made these slippers myself this weekend...in hopes I could figure out how to make a small pair for me 3 year old. Well, they WERE HUGE! I ripped mine out a few times before I got all the sizing right. I was pretty excited when I nailed my daughter's on the first shot. It just made me laugh that I wasn't the only one...and made me feel a tad better about myself. ;) Thanks for your great blog! I can't wait to make that blanket!!

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  30. Laughing here too! Love these :) Murry Joe? You are great. I want to make these too! We'll see if I can make two the same. Good job!

    Paige

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