We had a few days earlier in the week where the weather foreshadowed the coming colder seasons– it’s wasn’t actually cold, but it got cool enough at night to get me thinking about warm woolens for winter. Rob has a recurring problem in winter: since he is very tall, his feet tend to find their way out from under the covers, and get cold. The slippers I made him for last winter are pretty much worn out, so I jumped into action to make a new pair for the cold nights looming in the finally foreseeable future.

nola's slipper pattern

It was so satisfying to start & complete a knitting project in two days! I’ve been bogged down under long-term and long-hibernating projects for a while, so it was very cathartic to be able to finish the pair in so short a time. The yarn – bulky merino from Hand Painted Yarn – was an utter joy to work with, and since I hadn’t used bigger needles for a project in a while, the whole thing just flew toward completion.

nola's slippers modeled

The pattern is going to be one of those “keepers” that I know I’ll return to: knit flat and seamed up the sole and back of the cuff, the resulting slippers are extremely stretchy in that “one size fits all” way that’s so good for gift knitting. They are really comfy, too! The pattern, Nola’s Slipper Pattern, is offered for free by the Seamen’s Church Institute, an organization that advocates for the personal, professional, and spiritual well being of merchant mariners around the world. One aspect of this work is collecting knitted items for their Christmas-at-Sea program, which provides care packages for what I imagine to be cold and lonely Decembers on the ocean. They feature a number of free knitting patterns and (unlike some knit-friendly charities) don’t have any yarn or size requirements, or any deadlines, since they can collect the items anytime and use them when appropriate. Since I loved the slipper pattern so much, I’m going to try to knit another pair to donate in time to be delivered to a ship this holiday season.