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November 6, 2014 9:07 PM   Subscribe

Huh. I am a pretty tough crowd when it comes to slippers, but my reaction was yes. Yes, these are the most adorable slippers ever created.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:38 PM on November 6, 2014 [12 favorites]

Slippers never felt so good
posted by Flashman at 9:40 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

I don't think so. They look itchy.
posted by discopolo at 9:54 PM on November 6, 2014

The question is, will my kid pull them off and drop them in the parking lot?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:13 PM on November 6, 2014 [3 favorites]

It's like the hedgehog in the fog!

They are pretty cute. I woul dlike to think I am a tough sell, but then I remember that I bought a pajama shirt at Target because it had a sleeping fox on it.

posted by louche mustachio at 10:27 PM on November 6, 2014 [6 favorites]

I bought a pair of handmade felt slippers from Etsy for my ex as a moving in together gift. She liked them so much she found the page I got them from and got me a pair of properly dude appropriate ones for my birthday a few weeks later. One has a hole in the toe now but I'm still wearing them, they're necessary for Bay Area winters in draft California apartments.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:48 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

If they could somehow get the hedgehog to be doing mixed martial arts, would guys be taken seriously if they answered the door in these?
posted by Nanukthedog at 2:42 AM on November 7, 2014 [3 favorites]

Oh my, so adorable.

I thought I knew how felting was done, and then I looked at the instructions, and there's bubblewrap and an electric sander....
posted by kjs4 at 3:32 AM on November 7, 2014 [3 favorites]

Extremely adorable, indeed! I occasionally windowshop Etsy for adorable felted slippers.

Sadly, I already have too many pairs of slippers (#freelancerproblems, along with owning more pajamas than dress pants), but wool in general is awesome for slippers. It has magical antibacterial properties that mean you can wear your slippers all the time for literally years and they don't get stinky even if you never wash them. I have some boiled wool slippers that I've had for a decade and have never washed, and don't smell at all. They are almost as nice as my current main pair, some American-made sheepskin slippers that are just stupidly long-wearing and therefore making it difficult to justify buying more slippers.
posted by drlith at 5:59 AM on November 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by that's candlepin at 7:14 AM on November 7, 2014 [4 favorites]

They look amazing, but they are something I'd curate and put on a shelf, not on my feet or those of a child's. Then again, my family has a hereditary allergy to wool in all forms, so I may be a little out of the norm there. We are sad, sad bohemian people in that way. and I do think it's why a certain branch went into vaudeville instead of staying home to tend the family farm...
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:49 AM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

From that "What is felting" link, it looks like you could get a lot of aggression out by just pounding away "STAB STAB STAB" at those little felt balls. Violence begets cute?
posted by jillithd at 8:34 AM on November 7, 2014

I don't even like slippers - I think my little piggies should run free - but, to answer the question: yes.
posted by moonmilk at 8:45 AM on November 7, 2014

jillithd, you can either STABSTABSTAB with needles to do dry-felting, or spend half an hour wrist-deep in simmering water to wet-felt them. (Or, you know, you could just put the wool in a top-loading washer and let a machine do the work.) (If you're a wimp, I mean.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:04 AM on November 7, 2014

That Polish blog's trick for working the wool into felt with a palm sander is genius: I may try to make a pair of these over Christmas break!

(And God bless Google Translate.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:09 AM on November 7, 2014

those slippers are too small for me, it is a cartoon hedgehog instead of a real adorable hedgehog doing whimsical things, this entire post is a betrayal.
posted by poffin boffin at 9:14 AM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Real hedgehogs are surprisingly unwhimsical when you shove your feet into them.
posted by drlith at 9:38 AM on November 7, 2014 [3 favorites]

The What is felting? link is needle felting. These are made by wet felting. The bubble wrap is so you can make the whole slipper in one piece with no seam between the upper and sole. You wrap the fleece around the bubble wrap, sort of like a pitta bread, and once it's all felted, cut a hole for your leg and pull out the bubble wrap from the middle. You can use the same method to make bags and hats. I don't know if you can do the same with needle felting. Bashing wet felt is great stress relief, but I understand the desire to resort to a sander.

I've not tried needle felting for comparison, but I fear I would end up felting my fingers.
posted by Helga-woo at 10:09 AM on November 7, 2014

But this has to involve needle felting too, to create the hedgehog and toadstools.

I think I *could* make these. But the work, the attention to detail...it's exhausting just thinking about it. I would pay $100 for these, but I'd bet they're worth a lot more labour-wise.

I want them. I want to keep them on a little wooden shelf. And take them off, once daily, and stroke them and dance them in my lap. And squee. Oh god, I can't bear it...must. stop. coveting.
posted by kitcat at 3:40 PM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

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