ROCKING HORSE FARM yarn, knitting machines and more in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Operation Toasty Toes

Knitting slippers for active servicepeople since 2001. Over EIGHTEEN THOUSAND shipped, continuing through 2015!

Several knitters busy making slippers at the Heritage Building exhibit.

we are accepting donations of finished (or even half finished!) slippers, or yarn. Email us at Rocking Horse Farm for info!

Our chapter has sent over 18,000 slippers to servicemen or veterans. Many of the donor knitters have received letters and photos from the men and women in the field. They are in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and other places not specified.

FUN FACT! Each November and December we use donated Operation Toasty Toes slippers to help decorate one of our "Mitten Trees" at Rocking Horse Farm. When our annual mitten & hat drive is complete, the slippers are sent off with Operation Toasty Toes.


Do you need a pattern? You can use any pattern you like... but if you don't have a nice pattern for the knitting machine, many machine knitters are using our "EASY DOUBLE SLIPPER" pattern, $8.00 +shipping, features patterns for standard, mid-gauge and bulky machines as well as a handknit slipper. The new edition features helpful illustrations for slipper assembly.

Easy Bulky Double Slipper, $8.00 +s/h
Instructions for standard, mid-gauge & bulky machines, or handknit. Or use your favorite pattern!


Read this letter we received in December, 2005:

"Toasty Toes at Rocking Horse Farm,

Last year while in iraq I received a set of your slippers and they were a blessing. Right now I am back again and have a group of 60 Hospital Corpsmen with me from 2D Marine Division in Camp Lejeune. We are part of the 22nd MEU out here securing an area north of Baghdad. We are living in tents and building with no heat or running water. I was able to get this email out at one of camps that have all the ammenities of the States.

If you feel it in your hearts to send a package again my way, I will distribute your warm slippers to my guys.


ABC News was at our shop in 2001 to film a story.
ABC News personality Jason Davis (center) poses with his cameraman (left) and Carole.

Club members busy knitting slippers.
Our shop hosts a Knit-a-Thon each fall.

We've been busy knitting and sending slippers since 2001!

Kim (standing) is our chapter organizer.
Our knit club was visited by a serviceman who received a pair of our slippers while in Korea.

Use any crochet, handknit or machine knit slipper pattern you desire!

Send any donations of yarn or completed slippers to Rocking Horse Farm at the address on the bottom of this page.


business hours: Tues-Sat 10-6 CST

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Rocking Horse Farm
25636 County Road 74
Saint Cloud, Minnesota USA 56301-9293

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