"properly practiced, knitting soothes
and it doesn't
hurt the untroubled spirit either."
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I Have Been Knitting
So I don't have actual socks to show, despite my oodles of sock yarn. But I did knit something sock-ish for a baby shower last week.
For size reference
Yarns used: Llama Seta for the body of the booties (yeah, not the most practical for a newborn, but I was pressed for time!), and GGH Esprit for the white trim.
These booties took far longer than they should have. I had quite an ordeal even getting the yarns. I went to my LYS where they were sold out of both. I ordered the yarns, and waited a week. A week in which they did not come in! A woman at the shop said that she had a skein of the Berrocco Plush that the pattern called for and that she would let me know that night when I could pick it up. I never heard back from her, and when I called her two days later, she was camping in the mountains. There was no time for mail order, so I trudged to all the nearby yarn-ish and yarn shops that I could reach on lunch breaks.
My first trip to Tall Mouse I thought I'd caught a break because they had (GGH?) Serrano in white. But when I went to knit it up, the texture of the yarn just wasn't going to work. I spent days looking other places. Finally, two days before the shower I went back to Tall Mouse for something else and found a lone ball, sans band, of Esprit in white. Perfect!
The bootie pattern itself is oh so easy and knits up quickly. However, the trim. The trim was a nightmare. I don't know if it's just that I am a hopeless seamstress (I am) or what, but it took me 5 hours to trim the darn things! I finally finished at one in the morning. I was SO.Tired. the next day. But I had a fabulous handknit gift for the mom-to-be. :)
I'm hoping to get a pic of the mom holding the boots soon. When I do, I'll post it here.
I will definitely make these again, I just need to figure out how to minimize the time spent handstitching the trim. There has to be a better way!
What's your favorite baby gift to knit?