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Thursday, July 23, 2009

I made a bootie!

A friend of mine recently had a baby, and another friend has a baby due in less than a month. I thought, since I am now vaguely competent in crochet, that I would see if I could make something for these infants. I found a pattern for "Bev's Very Easy Booties" online, and decided that I could tackle it, seeing as it said "very easy" right in the title.

I bought some variegated green cotton yarn for these booties because I think babies might get itchy feet if I used yarn from my sheep's wool. I also thought that if this little project went well, I would have yarn that worked for either gender of baby, in case any more of my friends should have the foolish idea urge to have a child.

So, here is what I did! I began with the half-double-crochet rows. I hadn't done that stitch before and had to look it up, but I think it went OK.

Then, I did the remaining rows, which are double-crochet. You can see that I have an error here on the left bottom side where I did an extra stitch (I think) but it doesn't generally hurt the overall item.

When that's complete, you fold the bootie in half and whip stitch it with a large needle.

Ta-daaaa! Finished bootie! Seriously? I mean, this thing barely fits a walnut. Is that really going to fit a baby foot? Really? No really?!

Marshmallow tried it on but she was less than impressed.

The instructions said to run a ribbon around the top. I think that sounds silly. I mean, infants try to eat their feet and whatnot. They could easily choke on a ribbon. Besides, ribbon doesn't tend to wash well, and then you'd have to take out the ribbon and re-insert it every time. What new mother has time for such nonsense. So, should I make a single chain crochet tie that goes around the top that could be made into a bow? I presume the idea is to stop the infant from removing said bootie and likely trying to eat it or throw it to some mysterious location.

Overall, I think it went OK for my first proper crochet project. Now for the second bootie...

12 comments:

Kara said...

Hey it looks a little like the Christmas Stocking ornament I sent you! We never did a post on that exchange...or did I miss it?

Lola Nova said...

Hurray, it's so cute! Yes, it will fit a newborn, really. Well most newborns. The ribbon is a silly idea, good thing you left it out. The booties will fall off no matter what sort of contraption you use to tie it up or down, they always fall off...it's their nature and can't be avoided.

Wow, I haven't crocheted in ages, as I recall I wasn't all that good at it.
You have done a lovely job. Oh, and I always love to see what your spinning, so beautiful. I am absolutely fascinated by it!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Good job! I'm with Lola. There is nothing that stays on infant feet, at least nothing that will not cut off their circulation and therefore cause them great crankiness and possibly gangrene. But the mothers will love the idea and the effort and might get them to stay on long enough for a cute photo. My son spent his first few months in onesie thingies with footies attached to keep his feet covered by non-removal coverage. I obviously didn't get much opportunity to admire his perfect little toes....

Christy said...

Nicely done! I love crocheting.

Christine said...

I'm in love with your little Marshmallow. What a cutie! My DH is a transplanted Canadian, too. A Newfie.

Holly said...

Congratulations, one down one more to go. When our children were little I use to crochet every chance I got and made lots of booties. Now, I prefer to knit and keep my tennis elbow-s happy.
There is something extra special about a present that was handmade. Your friends are blessed to receive the loving gift.

Flartus said...

As a non-breeder myself, all I can suggest is be sure to remove the walnut before putting the booties on!

Or is that why Marshmallow looks so unimpressed? "Sheesh, Mom, do I have to explain everything to you??"

Split Rock Ranch said...

Easy - that's my favorite! Very cute. Marshmallow is adorable. Lamb booties...what next?! ;o)

Mare said...

Oh what a sweet little bootie! That's wonderful Claire...

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! It really does look easy peasy! Yay you! You did a great job...and it's so cute! Even cuter on Marshmallow. lol!

Maybe if you were in the mood to knit more, you could make some to donate to sick and preemie babies in your local NICU?

~Lisa

The Artful Hooker said...

Hi Claire!

I'm the other Claire. :D *creepy music*

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Lovely lamb you have there... Cute booties! Would have been ironic if it were made of wool. LOL.

d/iowa said...

cute! see, i knew you loved babies deep down! snicker.