The first time I saw a knitted boot in a magazine, I was inspired to try my hand at replicating it. The plan was to transform a pair of existing high-heel pumps (that I bought and rarely wore) into a pair of knitted, knee-high mukluks that I would always wear. I knew I needed to make evenly spaced holes around the base of the existing shoes to anchor the “cast-on” stitches, and that I would use a power drill to do it.

The bulky, rugged wool I chose provided an appealing contrast to the slender spiked heel. And as I rotated the shoe around, engulfing it in knitting, the process felt curiously sculptural – and more like what a potter would feel like at his spinning wheel as a wet lump of clay is being transformed into a fine vessel.