May 05, 2006

Little things

On a day when it was 18 degrees and sunny, and I had the windows open and the heat off for a few hours in the afternoon, it’s hard to remember how far we still are from real summer. In fact, even spring really isn’t all that advanced, as far as Nature is concerned. Just look at the Waterfowl park today:



Pretty, but the cattails are still brown, the trees have the merest suggestions of leaves, and there still aren’t that many ducks and other birds back in the park. Still, there are hopeful indications along the way:


Tiny wild strawberry flowers by the path! I wonder what the etiquette is for picking berries in a nature preserve?

And we do have flowers in our own garden, of the early-blooming sort. The perfect backdrop for the first finished baby knitting:


I’m still not convinced this will fit even a newborn very long, but that doesn’t really matter — the cuteness of the set is enough to enchant me for now. The sweater is still lacking buttons and hasn’t been blocked, but since remedying those things would require me first to get to a store that sells buttons and then to become a less lazy person, I thought it was better just to go ahead and take the picture now. The colour is a little washed out, but not too far off — I’ve decided that the combination of pink and blue makes it appropriate for either gender, and I don’t want to be corrected on that assumption! (For thoughts on gender-appropriate babywear, and the moral dilemmas involved(!), see Stephanie’s recent entry).

At the bottom of the photo are a pair of tiny booties (again, lacking ribbon ties for the ankles, but see above…). You can see a little more detail here:


Now I’m going through my sock yarn leftovers and making tiny socks. Again, they may prove less than useful, but I’m amusing myself and using up stash, so it’s all good.

Posted by Aven at May 5, 2006 06:23 PM

Let me assure you, you can NEVER have too many pairs of teeny tiny socks. Those little jackanapes are almost too small to be seen with the naked eye, and you will be FOREVER losing one between the car/house/park/grocery store. Make as many as possible!
Btw, the booties are beyond adorable. Did you use a specific pattern? I may need to gen up some of those for this time around, with a winter baby and all. :)

Posted by: Heather at May 5, 2006 08:33 PM

What an adorable set you’ve made! When I was finished having my family (4 kids) I found that my little girls were using their “baby socks” on their dolls and my son had them on his bears or as hats for his action figures! - so in my mind you can’t have too many :) Not to mention the fact that along with stashbusting (as you said) they are truly instant gratification projects :)

Posted by: Cathy at May 6, 2006 12:56 AM

Awww, so cute Aven! I can’t wait to see them in use!

Posted by: Dani at May 6, 2006 09:06 AM

Beautiful sweater and booties (congrats, by the way!)When my little bird was a baby, she was forever losing one sock. So I started making sets of 3 matching socks-always had a match!!!!!!

Posted by: Deb at May 6, 2006 09:17 AM

Oh Aven! A baby! I’m so excited!
(Apparently excited enough that I’ve lost all control of my exclaimation point use!!!)

I shall begin to ponder some wee things immediately.

Posted by: Stephanie at May 6, 2006 08:11 PM

Aw Aven :) The little sweater and booties are adorable. You did a wonderful job :) A little while ago I went to Fabricland and bought all kinds of juvenile buttons. There’s no rush to get them right now though..the large part is done. I haven’t made booties for so long..but when I made them..I loved it (you can get very creative making booties) a pair I made turned out looking like mary jane shoes. Good deal..keep using your stash :) Thanks for the pictures :) Here in Toronto, it feels like summer already; you’ll get there soon enough :)

Posted by: jan at May 6, 2006 09:59 PM

Those booties are adorable! The jacket too, but there’s something about baby booties. The cuteness is what counts. Babies grow ridiculously fast. Next thing you know, they’re going to their Sr. Prom. Good gravy.

Did Mark read Geoffrey Chaucer’s lastest blog entry? It has spam in the comments. In middle English (at least as far I can tell).

Posted by: Carrie K at May 7, 2006 01:53 AM

Cute baby set and your Rosebud looks great, too. It fits you perfect.

Posted by: Barb at May 7, 2006 04:10 PM

Those are the same little booties that I have been making for years. They are fantastic because they really do stay on! I got the pattern from an old issue of Threads, then found a version in an old booklet my Grandmother had from the 1950s. I recently made lots for my first grandchild (Jan. 27). He had a pair on the other day from leftover olive and yellow selfpatterning sock yarn and they matched his olive overalls perfectly. They stretch and fit for a long time too so I’m sure you will get good use from them. I use a crocheted string 15” for mine so the ties match and you don’t have to run to a store for ribbon. Good luck. I will keep checking to see what you’re knitting for baby since that’s what I’m into these days too.

Posted by: Christy J at May 7, 2006 04:26 PM

I never bothered putting ribbons on the booties I made either Aven. I just cast on a bunch of stitches with the yarn I was using and then cast off..then you don’t have to iron it to make it look pretty and the tie isn’t slippery so it makes a good ankle fit and doesn’t come out easily..:)

Posted by: jan at May 8, 2006 11:27 AM