Monday, October 11, 2010
As I mentioned in a previous post, I went to Alaska this year on a family vacation. You can see some of the crafty sightings here. Okay, so while I was there (I believe we were in Ketchikan), I bought myself a souvenir... a moccasins kit. I was thinking, "oh cool real Alaskan moccasins... me want. What? $30? That's a lot... but moccasins would be so cool. Sold."
Sigh, sadly, that did turn out to be overpriced as I saw the same exact kit (same brand, etc) at a local Michael's for half the price. Oh well. Now that you know where to get them, here are some tips I learned on putting them together. :)
1st tip: Make sure you pull the cords tight. Going back because you ran out of lace is very annoying.
2nd tip: If you still have to go back and re-tighten because you ran out of lace, you can use a crochet hook to pull the cord. It just gives you a better grip of the cord.
3rd tip: The kit comes with 5 laces. If you're like me you'll automatically think... "Am I missing a lace?" The answer is, you're not. It turns out that you use two and a half laces per moccasin. The tie at the back of the moccasin only requires a small bit of the lace, so half does fine. It doesn't exactly explain that in the kit.
4th tip: When you're done, you can trim the laces at the back (the laces that you cut in half). Then put a flame to the ends of the cut laces, and this will seal the cord close.
Overall, the kit was easy to put together, but some of the instructions were a bit understated. Hope this helps if you decide to put together your own kit. Also, I made a copy of the undone pieces, so technically I'll be able to make more (I'm thinking fleece) -- will share the results, if I try it.