These Oomingmack slippers were designed for a contest that took place on the SeaSocks 2008 Cruise, which visited the chilly frontiers of Alaska.
In my wildest and most imaginative fantasies about my grand Alaska vacation, I would return home with a pet musk ox, who would kindly provide me with a lifetime of luscious qiviut fiber. These slippers are a tribute to that fantasy.
As it turns out, there are no free-roaming musk oxen in Ketchikan or Juneau (or the Inside Passage or Victoria, BC), so my fantasy would have been a bust even if the cruise line allowed large pets in our cabins.
My slippers did win a prize in the contest, though, and despite the fact that they do not produce qiviut, they will keep your feet (or the feet of someone you love) nice and cozy this winter.
by Kristin Goedert