Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bandwagon Booties

Thank you so much everyone for your suggestions in yesterday's post. I love them all. Now to decide...

I gave in and jumped on the bandwagon that Amanda started by knitting these booties. They looked so cute I figured I had to try them out, plus baby L was outgrowing all of his other booties I knit him so it was perfect timing.

I was hoping to call on the warmer weather by knitting these in organic cotton instead of wool. My thermostat was the warmest it has been since last July, yesterday, reading 73 degrees so maybe it's working. I used some old stash yarn so I am uncertain of who made it, but I can tell you it's so very soft and squishy.

Baby L just turned four months on Sunday, I know, I can't believe it either, so I skipped the 3 months size and chose to knit them in the 6 months size, instead. They were incredibly fast and easy to make. I modified the pattern by doing KFB instead of the YFWD, and I think it works much better. Rav notes here.

I also made a key modification to making these booties work, at least for baby L: elastic. These booties would not stay on at all so I measured his little chubby ankle and calf, split the difference and cut thin elastic that length. Then I hand sewed the elastic into a circle and slipped it onto the booty, placing it right where you fold the cuff down (see pic below). I then hand sewed it in place with just a couple of stitches on the seam. Presto! Instant stay on booties with secret elastic. We are loving them and I may make one more pair to get us through the summer, if I don't get distracted by other projects, that is.

Like, oh I don't know, projects from this book. So many of them are calling my name, well, baby L's name. I love, love, love our local library. It gets in every knitting book I could ever wish for. The downside to that is my knitting list just keeps growing and growing. There just isn't enough time in the day!

I'm also contemplating using some of my favorite stash fabric to make some much needed curtains in our dining room. The verdict is still out on this one.

And for my Shalom KAL update, may I present - a sleeve! Phew, I am nearing the final lap on this sweater. I am hoping to finish it this week so I can wear it on our day trip to Tillamook this weekend. Fingers crossed I can do it.

There's still time to enter the LittleWool giveaway. Enter for your chance to win one of Karen's sweet Mama Sheep and Her Little One!

What are you working on?
Happy creating!

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