Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Better than Bootie

That is the name of the free(!) pattern currently available at Interweave knits . There are two very cute sock patterns available for free on the website (pdf download link), and three more sock patterns in the summer issue. I am going to get started on one right now!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Preemie Project-Booties, Bonnets and Blankets for Premature Babies

Hey Everyone!
I have a charity project that I would like to share with you. It is called "The Preemie Project" and you can find it at the following site:
Myself and my volunteers are knitting premature baby items for donation to hospital NICUs. Currently the hospital we will be donating to is The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Many of the babies in the NICU are very tiny and sick, and many spend a long time in the hospital. For me it is really special to be able to give the babies something snuggly and soft to wear during their recovery. You can choose to use the patterns we're using that are so simple, any knitter could complete these projects. You can also choose to use your own pattern if you wish.

For anyone interested, I am asking for a donation of baby booties, hats, blankets and yarn in any amount. Click here for a picture, sorry it's not the best, of the booties and hats. You can check out The Preemie Project website for all of the volunteer info.

If you do decide to volunteer you are free to spend as little or as much time that you have available on this project. I know that many of us are very busy so any donation no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Again, please check out the website if you're interestd and send me an e-mail. My e-mail:
knitsforsanity at yahoo dot com

Thanks to everyone for reading this! Happy Knitting!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Booties times four

Here's two identical pairs of booties made in my "old-school" five-needle aran-and-lace pattern. Click for larger.

A girlfriend, who hasn't knit in years, whined until I made these for someone she knows who just had an enormous (6 pounds each) pair of twin girls.

Newborn size (like the tiny pair on the far left, in "micro-spun" yarn split down to three plies, on size one needles) would have been way too small by the time these reached the intended wearers.

Since I knew from experience (bitter, bitter experience) that making four identical booties would take me a while, and that there would be a long delay between me getting these to the girl who asked me to make them, to her taking them to the person with the twins, I made these with really fat sport yarn (micro-spun) on size six needles.

In trying to use the same pattern to make a larger bootie, I learned a lot about how tension affects proportions. For instance, if the foot does not start forming a cup by the time you reach the third side, your needle is too big for your yarn. I had abandoned an earlier attempt at an entirely garter-stitch bootie using space-dyed sock yarn because the sides were too tight and the foot came out too small. Now I think I will try again on larger needles.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

I finally made some booties!

A friend of ours had a baby girl a few weeks ago, so I had to get it together and finish some booties for them. Here's the almost-completed booties, which have since been sewn-up and shipped off:

I also made some tiny socks from this pattern with a bit of leftover Fixation from socks I made for myself:

I have some black-and-white versions of those tiny socks on the needles right now for a friend with a baby on the way, too.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Ann Norling Booties and Hat...

I finally finished the booties to match the hat. There's a HUGE defect with the booties but I think I've managed to hide it in the presentation.

This was knit on size 4 needles with Baby Dahl yarn. The pattern called for a garter stitch cuff with a K3 P1 K1 P1 rib and then basic garter stitch. All three portions were completed on one needle. The back and bottom of the bootie were seamed at the end.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Ugg booties with inner cuff

(Click for larger) I was eager to try a simple two-needle bootie pattern, but I thought the Ugg pattern needed a ribbed cuff to stay on. So, I added a hidden one inside the bootie.

To do this, I picked up along the inside of the ankle with a smooth yarn, worked four rows of stockinette, and finished with about a dozen rows of ribbing.

The ribbed cuff gets seamed first. (Then you get to pick the eyelashes out of the fashion yarn, so you can sew up with it.)

When you are done, the ribbing is hidden inside the bootie.

More pix here.

Monday, January 31, 2005

bootie along

Hi, all! I'm a new member. I've been doing baby stuff for a while now and have done a couple of the patterns from _50 Bootees to Knit_ and some of the Debbie Bliss patterns. I just got _Candy Babies_ and am teaching myself to crochet.