Well got both of my clogs knitted up. The first is complete and the second has almost all the ends woven in. The second one went sooooo much better than the first. No short row and miscounting fiascoes that I could find. (Note: The left one in the pic is the 2nd clog knitted. The right one is the 1st.) Up to this point I haven't seen any pictures of the soles and the seaming there so I posted a pic of one. The pattern says to seam them loosely so I hope I did that right and they don't bunch up. If so, mom will just have to walk to imperfections out.
Now for the questions portion of this pageant...
1. Let's say you're knitting these for someone else and you know what their shoe size is. How do you actually know what size they should be felted to? If they were mine I'd just try the damn things on to check, but is there some trick to it that I don't know about if you don't have the "Cinderella" foot to shove in there to see if it's the right size? Is there some measurement that you can use? I mean, is a women's size 10 mean that it's 10" long?
2. Does it matter if you felt both of them together or separately? If you do them at the same time, I assume there's no chance that they'll get felted together, right?
3. What kind of soap do you add to the wash when you felt them? Something mild, I know... but is it safe to use a little laundry detergent or do I need to get some J&J baby shampoo? I doubt I'm going to splurge for something fancy like wool wash.
4. Once the felting is done and you've got them to the size you want, do your rinse them in cold water to get out the little soap in there or just let em dry as-is?
Sorry for what may be silly questions, guys. I just don't want to screw these things up at the last step. I don't think "Yeah mom... they're felted ash trays!" will fly.
Danke for the help, the enouragement and for the incentive to knit these things in the first place! It's been fun.