Latvian Braid Booties

Want to try a new technique such as Latvian braids or colourwork? This is the project for you!

latvian braid baby booties

I’ve finally released this pattern – several months in the making. Thanks so much to all my test knitters and my tech editor for their hard work, suggestions, improvements, and general good cheer!

These are a perfect opportunity to use up those lovely sock leftovers that you don’t know what to do with. They make a great gift for holiday giving or a new baby.  :)

Pattern now available on Ravelry.

stupid is as stupid does

So, I’m reknitting the strawberry booties so that I can make sure the pattern works before I put it up for sale on Ravelry.  I wasn’t ever completely happy with the shape of the finished booties, so after knitting one test pair the original way, I decided to alter the pattern a bit to make them shaped more like the other booties I make.

Here’s where the stupid comes in.  I couldn’t figure out why they (both test pairs) looked so freaking big.  Last night I finally peered at the tiny print on the Clover bamboo knitting needles.  US2.  Not US1, as they should be, but US2.  I managed to knit them on the wrong sized needles TWICE!

Oh, graduate school, you have a lot to answer for with this whole brain-eating phenomenon.

Back to the drawing board with the right needles …

Strawberry booties

no-one to blame but myself

I can’t even blame javascript this time. :(

The following post was written in early December, and somehow, while I was waiting to take some pics to post, I lost track of it …

Take yourself back in time to December 6th …

What a bother grad school is sometimes ;)  Just when I have all this gift knitting to do I have these final projects to work on.  Juggling the two is going to be interesting.

My cataloging final is partially done.  I’ve created all the records for the items in Connexion browser, but I really need to check them over with a fine-toothed comb for errors and to see if any of them are missing anything.  My final project for Web Development is coming along swimmingly.  Knit one, find one (a knitting pathfinder) just needs some minor JavaScript tweaking - I love the way I say that in such a blasé fashion. ;)  I’m looking forward to moving it to a permanent home at the Handknit Librarian site and making some minor changes to it (some of the effects were really just for the class and might come out).  Eventually, this blog will migrate there as well.  I’m hoping to cover booties, blog, pathfinder, portfolio, etc. – all linked off the main page.

Despite all this, some knitting progress has been made.  Vivian is proceeding well.  Still not sure if I’ll get it finished in time, but there is hope.

One pair of fetchings is done:

And another pair of mitts is underway:

One hat is also done:

And several others are queued up.  I just need a little bit more yarn for those – story of my life, hah!

The Wavy Wimple has been started and will be quick work if I can ever get to it!

In non-Christmas knitting, the flower power hat is done and the booties are underway.  These are a gift for Mandy from my Bama cohort.  I thought the baby wasn’t due until the end of the month, but I found out last week that she’s having a C-section on the 14th.  Should have the booties done by tonight or tomorrow and get it all in the mail this week :)

The tuxedo booties, after languishing on the needles on the needles for a while, are done but not seamed.  Still, they’re done enough to have finished the rewrite of the pattern and that’s posted for sale on Ravelry.

The French flag booties are done and are très cute:

WIP update

A rethink is in order for several wips – some strategizing, some knitting maths, some sweating, some graph paper, and probably much swearing.

First: LS 502: First Toe-Ups – the combined factors of working out how toe-up socks happen and planning for them to fit the world’s second biggest foot have temporarily confounded me.  I’m part-way through the gusset and totally winging it with the length.  I may need to send these for some temporary hibernation while I start another pair of toe-ups (Double Eyelet Rib) for myself so that I can work out the actual mechanics of the process and still be able to try it on a normal sized (mine) foot.

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Second: Josephine – having cleverly and largely ignored gauge, number to cast-on, knitting front and back separately, etc., this seems miraculously like it might actually fit.  The next dilemma is whether to do another pattern repeat of the lace before I do the eyelet rows and start the bodice.  I think it’s probably fine as it is right now (5 repeats), but I’d hate to have to finish it and rip it back to add another repeat for length.  Might be a good time to put a lifeline in today before I decrease for the eyelets and bodice.  Another problem (caused by my largely ignoring the pattern specifications) is figuring out the decreases needed and the eyelet placement according to the number of stitches I have.  Time to get the graph paper out! (mods available here)

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Third (and this one’s more positive): Pumpkin Booties – I’ve been wanting to revise the top of these for a while, get the pattern written up properly, and get it up for sale on Ravelry.  The “leafy” top is inspired by Grumperina’s Jaywalkers sock pattern, as well as assorted chevron patterns.  I’d like to get permission from her to include the attribution for the inspiration, so I sent her a pic this morning and I’m waiting to hear back.

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Fourth: Socket to Phoebe (her 21st birthday sock yarn blanket) – More knitting maths were needed here as I suddenly realized that I have less than a year and a half to finish this.  It appears that if I average one square a day I’ll easily have it done in time to do the edging section and the I-cord edge.  Seven days since I worked that out and eight squares knitted – I’m ahead of the game!

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In other knitting news, the Bumblebee Bootie reverse-engineering project has been relegated to hibernation status again.  I really thought I was going to get it this time, but I’m not happy with the way the decreases look at the sides of the instep with the puffy stripe pattern.  I need to reconsider these again.

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The hibernating Sock Yarn Pillow is almost ready to come out of hibernation and be dealt with.  I really only have to do the I-cord edging on the top piece, then join the two pieces together and put the zip in.  I don’t know what my problem is with this project.

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Oh yeah, maybe it’s that whole sewing and zip thing.

Getting underway

with some summer knitting to-dos from my list:

  • Publish free patterns on Ravelry
  • Reverse engineer the bumblebee booties
  • Get some patterns up for sale on Ravelry and etsy
  • Learn to do toe-up socks
  • Clean up some of the hibernating wips

I can pace myself and tackle one of these each week, or I can go nuts and try to do them all at once.  Hmmmm … what to do?
;)