Finished objects: December 2007 Archives

Baby booties

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Three of my friends are pregnant. Three! A couple of years ago, we were wild party animals (well, sort of) and now we are all settled down, serious and well-behaved. I suppose that it's a side effect of aging. Anyway, all this baby frenzy is just an excuse for me to indulge into baby knitting. (I'll get some practice before it's my turn)

sartjee_booties.jpgThese irresistibly spherical booties are Saartje's pattern. I've tried other baby booties patterns (notably one of Debbie Bliss), but these beats them all, for they are super easy to make (almost fool-proof) and absolutely cute. They will be perfect shower gifts, and I will knit spare ones for charity. Hey, even babies I don't know deserve a special something knitted with love.

They are supposed to have buttons to keep the straps closed, but I didn't chose them yet. I guess white ones would do great, but button-shopping is not high on my priority list this week.

Mom's mitts

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My favorite hand-warmers for everyday use is an hybrid between mittens and fingerless gloves. The fingerless part is useful to manipulate my keys, bus pass, etc. while the flap keeps my fingers rather warm when I don't need much dexterity. I already have a pair of them knitted in a gorgeous alpaca yarn by Peruvian women - so soft, so warm! (Well, when the wind doesn't get through. They should make them in double-knit - that would be the ultimate hand-warmers.) I love them so much that I wanted to use their clever design to make a pair of mitts for my mom that also matches her favorite scarf. Here is the result :

mom_gloves2.jpgIt is knitted in superwash Norwegian wool (warm, soft enough, great selection of colors, washable). I used the Knucks pattern by ) to make the fingerless gloves, fiddling with the color scheme of her scarf to customize it. Plus, the double stranding of Fair Isle gives the fabric more thickness, which is appropriate for winter wear. I made a matching flap separately and sew it unto the glove. This flap starts with 1/1 ribbing to ensure a snug fit around the palm. Then, it is worked in stockinette and finishes with decreases that fit the form of a hand (duh). There is a small loop at the top of the flap so it can be attached to the cuff by a button.

mom_gloves3.jpgI gave them to her for Christmas last year and she wears them almost everyday in winter. That makes me smile every time I see them. It's nice to knit for the woman who has knitted me tons of things when I was younger.

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