Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The Endless WIP, and a Quick FO

I've been quietly working away on the Apres Surf Hoodie for a couple of weeks now, after I joined the mini KAL that started on Ravelry recently. I've also been working on the Leyburn sock. Although in a fit of cleaning I tucked it somewhere safe and cat-proof, and when I was taking photos, I couldn't find it. You know how it goes. I knit, every day. So you'd think I'd be making some good progress, right? WRONG. I have no idea what's up with my knitting at the moment. I was having a lot of difficulty with the Leyburn sock, so I frogged it, decided to give it a couple weeks so I could cool off, and then I'd try it again. I've recently cast on for it again, but it is currently little more than a toe pocket. As for the Apres Surf Hoodie, which I'm calling my Reading Hoodie (I don't surf, but I have read 5 books so far while knitting it...), I made the decision to knit it in the round instead of separately front and back. I figured I'd save myself an evening of seaming in lace, which seemed so clever at the time. But then my brain decided to have tremendous difficulty in adapting the pattern for working in the round (possibly because 4 of the 5 books I was reading were the Twilight series...bloody distracting books!), particularly when it came into increasing in the pattern. Le sigh. So in the mean time, I decided to churn out a quick knit just to keep my knitting morale up: Pattern: Mary Jane Booties Needles: 3.5 mm Yarn: Stash DK weight, fingering weight for embroidery details Mods: I went up .5 a needle size, since they seem to be very small. I'm glad I did, I think it helped a bit. And, of course, the embroidery- just a little extra detail to make them extra pretty. Notes: These were a very quick knit. I knit both booties in the same day, and then embroidered on the details the next day. buttons were harder to find, but ta-da! I'm really pleased with how they turned out. With all the people I know who are pregnant, one of my goals this summer/fall is to stockpile some baby knits, as I know of three new babies that will be coming into my circle of family and friends between August and October of this year. Hopefully one of them will be a girl, so they can receive these lovely little mary janes. And if not- well, I know that these are not the last babies that will be coming my way. I'll just stockpile!

18 comments:

Eliza said...

gah!!!! so cute!

peacockchic said...

Now the booties were cute simple because they are small and you can imagine the little feet inside. But the embroidery takes these over the TOP!!! What a great addition. It definitely brings the booty to a new level. Great job!

Kat said...

they are so cute!

Mari said...

Absolutely adorable!

the Lady said...

Those booties are so freaking cute. I love the embroidery.

Clumsy Knitter said...

Ugh. Seaming and shaping in lace. HATE it. But the Apres Surf Hoodie is so cute! The thing we do for our knitting. :P

Those mary janes are seriously the cutest things ever. I want a pair!

Phoe said...

Twilight IS distracting, I agree. Super cute booties though!

Rima said...

Oh, how cute are those booties! Those flowers are adorable!

monikita said...

Holy cuteness of wee little shoes!

weezalana said...

Eeeee, those are SO cute! LOVE the embroidery!

Susan said...

Soooooo cute!

Michele said...

Those booties are adorable - I love the embroidery! So cute!

soknitpicky said...

The embroidery totally makes it. So cute!!

Hilary said...

Those are just unbearably cute! I love the colors and the embroidery detail. Adorable!

No way I could have knit while reading Twilight -- especially lace!

CanarySanctuary said...

Sooo cute booties! I'm so glad you posted about this, as I'm currently in the market for a good baby bootie pattern. People around me keep churning those wee ones out :)

angelknits said...

The cutest thing ever!

Allison said...

Good luck with the sweater - isn't it crazy when projects just seem to drag on FORever?
I love love love the embroidery on those little shoes :)

kae said...

how insanely cute! Love the embroidery detail, and the colour combination is gorgeous!