Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wee Little Things
Some time Friday night I decided that I wanted to make something for my niece Mabel's baptism today. This was a fairly stupid idea given we had guests, I knew that I had a date with Beth Saturday arvo and tickets to the movies for last night (Gran Torino, great film, go see). The project then had, by necessity to be small. I have always loved Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijnand decided they were small enough and managable enough for the time available.
I started a pair in the yarn that I used for my Tyro socks using the stated needle size and the largest sizing and found that the resulting bootie was adorable but tiny. I also felt that whilst cool and funky, the colourway may not actually be to my sister-in-laws taste. I cast that bootie aside (vowing to make it a twin at a later date) and started a second pair yesterday morning.
This pair are made in Artyarns Ultramerino 4 (colour 127) on 3mm needles. I have also sized them up a little, casting on 43 sts and adjusting accordingly. They now seem about the ideal size for an abundant 4 month old. I also stole a great idea from Susan and made longer straps to be used as ties rather than buttons (which, whilst adorable, strike me as a little too much fuss when working with an infant).