Hat and Booties for Baby Lewis Finished!

Hat for Grand-goddaughterIn my excitement to finish the hat and booties for Baby McKerrow (see here for the beginning of that journey), I had set aside my goal of making a hat and a pair of booties for my goddaughter’s baby girl. [Note to self: Does that make me a grand-godmother?] This little one wasn’t due until early May, whereas Baby McKerrow is due in about a week, so I prioritized.

Well, my Grand-goddaughter (my goddaughter’s daughter) has her own plans and it looks like she’s coming early, maybe as soon as the 20th, so I figured I’d better get going. I have had my eye on this simple picot-edge pattern from Louisa Harding’s book, Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, for some time now, but there’s no time like the present! One skein of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere (in ivory), one skein of Suss Love (in taupe–it may not be organic, but it’s vegan!), a couple pairs of knitting needles, and a few Law & Order reruns later and we have this beautiful set:

Hat and Booties for Grand-goddaughterAlthough the mission statement of the book, as expressed in the subtitle “Beautiful Designs Using Organic Yarns,” seems a perfect fit for my nature-loving goddaughter, I must admit that I used the available yarn in my stash instead.  If you like neutrals and natural fibers (especially cotton) for babies and moms pre- and post-partum, this is the perfect book for you. The patterns call for basic to intermediate level skills–nothing too arduous–and are very classic. Anything you make from this book will stand the test of time.

I did make some minor modifications to the original pattern for the booties, however. The pattern called for several lazy daisy stitches but I opted for just one, and the pattern called for a ribbon tie but I crocheted a couple of ties. The biggest change I made was on the cuff of the booties; Harding’s pattern calls for a ribbed cuff, but I thought that a picot-edge cuff matching the picot-edge of the hat would be cuter and would tie the hat and the booties together better.

If you want to do a picot-edge cuff like I’ve done, it’s very easy to modify Harding’s pattern. Just work a picot cast-on as you did for the hat until you have 27 stitches total (9 X 3). Then work four rows in garter stitch (just as you did for the hat pattern) and proceed from row 4 as called for in Harding’s pattern.

This is the first pair of booties I’ve ever worked from the cuff down, and I must admit I found working the instep a little uncomfortable, but the results are hard to argue with! I also love how the neutral colors take away from the potentially cloying girliness of this pattern.

Bootielicious Finish!

Newborn SetI just finished  the booties and hat  for little baby McKerrow, and just in time since he/she is due in  less than a month.  BFF and husband have chosen not to know the sex of the baby before it’s born–as my grandma used to say, “They’re going to take what they get!” The baby nursery is being decorated in neutrals, so the cream color should be perfect. The yarn, Suss Love, is unbelievably soft and easy to work with. It’s also washable, which I consider essential for baby items.

Also, because it is comprised of several individual strands of the same color, the pompoms become extra fluffy when the strands start to separate. In the rush to get done, I left off the small pompoms on the ends of the bootie laces and the hat ties, and just did one small pompom for each bootie and one larger one for the top of the hat. Done and done, as Homer Simpson would say!

Update 01/25/11: Suss Love yarn has been discontinued, unfortunately.

Bootie Call II: The Rebootening

Suss Newborn Set BootiesAfter about a million abortive starts, I finished one of the Newborn Set booties yesterday, and I finished the second today. It’s hard to believe actual human feet could ever fit in these.

I feel a little guilty starting a new project before finishing all my other projects, but I’m so excited about the new baby! Mmmmm… that new baby smell….

Bootie Call

Because it’s “Stitch or Cut Floss” March, I called up one of my BFF’s from high school yesterday because we hadn’t talked for a while and she had been trying to get in touch with me. Well, I found out why she was trying to get in touch with me–she’s
expecting a baby in mid-April! For a variety of reasons–they were
waiting until the second trimester to tell people, I had fallen off the
face of the earth for a few months–I am just finding out now.Suss Newborn Set Kit

I’ve decided to set aside all my guilt feelings for now and concentrate on the important issue: what will I make for the new baby? I’ve chosen this vintage-looking booties and hat kit from Suss Knits in part because it seems like HS BFF’s style and also because I actually wrote the pattern for Suss, so I should be able to proof it as I knit along.

See photo at right (pardon the blurry imaging). Isn’t it darling? (and I use that word advisedly…). It’s certainly pom-pomrific. And there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

High School BFF is going with neutral tones for the baby room and she informs me that the walls of the baby’s room are cream-colored. In my imagination, they match the vanilla/whipped cream color of this yarn (Suss Love) exactly. Way to go, BFF (and Hubby)!