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September 1, 2009

Little baby toes go inside this little square baby booty...

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Making baby booties is so much fun! They're small and funny looking and there are a bazillion and one patterns to pick. This first set of little tiny hand-knit booties are meant to match the Five Hour Baby Sweater I made in Patons Decor yarn, color "First Spring Ombre." (Ombre is not a word I use. Ever. I have never actually said Ombre, unless you count the Spanish hombre, which I say often in traffic but usually only followed by the words pinche and cabron. I love cussing in traffic in Spanish!)

This pattern is from the book Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas. I LOVE Melanie Falick's books (Weekend Knitting is by far one of my top 5 favorite knitting books of all time) and I honestly think if you were a VERY beginner knitter, you could pick up this baby knitting book and teach yourself how to knit anything by simply knitting all the patterns in order. They are that good.

Each pattern is written in a narrative style so this book is easy to understand for ultra-beginners and it really explains the ins and outs of techniques so well. The patterns are very cute, too. For more advanced knitters it may be annoying to have to read the narrative to get to the instructions but I think it depends on the knitter. Personally, I like narrative patterns but I'm also averse to acronyms and abbreviations in general (hey, you work in the finance industry long enough and you begin to loathe and despise acronyms. Seriously.)

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Finished set. Shoes perhaps bigger than sweater, ah well.

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Got this cute giftbox at Target.

These are the "Stay On Baby Booties" pattern knit on size 7 double-pointed needles (normal tension knitters would use a size 5 or 6 needle, I'm guessing) and I made only one minor modification to the pattern. I don't know if it was the yarn gauge or just me, but I thought 20 rows was too much for knitting the body -- it was coming out too tall for a baby foot! So I only knit 17 rows (ending on a purl row) and they turned out great. They are very square which makes me laugh every time I look at them. They required no blocking since the garter stitch knits up will on its own and each shoelet has an i-cord tie threaded through the top. They do seem that they'd stay put as the pattern says ... even on fat little baby toes.

This was the first time I had ever made i-cord! It's not hard or anything but I'd just never had a need to make it before. I love learning new little tricks and techniques in knitting. I especially love learning them on small little items like baby clothes or scarves or hats. These were easy to knit and took me about an hour and a half each, but I am a fairly slow knitter, your mileage may vary.

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Here is the skyline today, smoky and ashy on the drive into work. It looks like nighttime but it was actually around 7:30 in the morning! There's a hurricane brewing down in Baja so maybe it will bring us some much-needed humidity. I have lived here for almost 15 years and I don't think I remember it ever raining in August or September but it sure would be nice right about now.

Also, hello September!

Posted by laurie at September 1, 2009 1:17 PM