Here we go with Baby Knits, Volume 1: Baby Booties!
These little booties might be the quickest baby project I do! And they’re super cute to boot(ie).
The original pattern can be found at Pruline.canalblog.com… which is not in English. So thanks to other Ravelers, I’m sharing the pattern here, too!
For the pair above, I used what was left from a skein of Madeline Tosh Tart, which is a little bulkier than your typical worsted.
To cast on, I used a cable cast on, because it’s stretchy and since I was using scrap yarn, I didn’t have to guess how much yarn to use for a long tail cast on. In case you’v never done a cable cast on – it’s really easy and I like it a lot – here’s a video!
So back to the pattern.
Super Simple Baby Booties
Worsted Weight Yarn + US 8 Needles
Cast on 26.
Knit 10 rows.
Bind off 10 stitches, and then finish the row.
Bind off 10 stitches, then knit 6 to finish the row.
Knit 6 for 21 rows.
Seam as shown in this graphic, then turn inside out to make the seams smoother.
That’s it! These are a quick and easy project that makes for a super cute, teeny tiny pair of shoes! Perfect for newborns who don’t actually need a pair of shoes. ;)
Follow me on Instagram and Ravelry for more of what I’m knitting, and more baby knits, too! And speaking of knitting, come see me knit in person at Victorian Christmas in Thomasville tonight!
Fuzzy Goat will be knitting in the street, and some of her fuzziest patrons will be knitting with Cadence. Come by and see us!
It’s hard to believe I’m wrapping up the first trimester! I figured I would share a little update for anyone interested – otherwise, keep on scrolling.
I’m ending the first trimester feeling very grateful that I had a very, very pleasant and easy first trimester. I’ve learned an awful lot about pregnancy in a short amount of time, I’ve gotten not one, not two, but THREE glimpses at baby Kirbo, who seems to be happy, healthy, growing, and bouncing around in there like a pin ball machine.
We’ve been asked a lot, so I’ll share here: we are going to keep the gender a surprise. It’s getting close to time when we could potentially find out (HOW?!) but since there are precious few happy surprises left in this life, I want to keep this one for myself and for Wheat and for our families. I love the entire romanticism of champagne and cigars to celebrate the announcement of BOY or GIRL in the hospital waiting room (even though I know that’s likely frowned upon these days). Plus, I think the extra motivation the day of the grand finale of this whole pregnancy thing can’t hurt.
I would list a bunch of “First Trimester Essentials,” but seeing as I never got sick, haven’t had any food aversions or cravings, really, or any other symptoms to speak of, I figure that’s probably neither here nor there. I wouldn’t call them cravings, per se, but I have seriously gotten down on some healthy greek yogurt smoothies, and I’ve made and eaten a TON of pumpkin bread, and I’ve been really tired.
But let’s be honest, all the pumpkin bread was probably related to the fact that it’s PSL season, and that tired thing was probably mostly due to the Maiden South expansion and the biggest, busiest October evah. But being pregnant and tired forced me to rest.
I have allowed myself splurges in the form of chocolate ice cream on occasion, as well as ALL the Reese’s Halloween pumpkins – I swear, it’s the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. #theyreglutenfree?
I haven’t started many baby-related projects yet, although Wheat and I did spend a Sunday rearranging all the furniture in our house (literally, everything but the couches and the kitchen) to make room for baby and to clear out one of the guest bedrooms for a nursery. But it’s currently empty, waiting to be painted and with a few pieces of furniture we think we will use in there. I am really excited about decorating the nursery!
As for knitting, I’ve mostly knitted baby booties for friends, although I did knit this red pair of booties to keep out of scraps from my favorite Madeline Tosh yarn (Mad Tosh worsted in Tart).
BUT for my birthday weekend (I turned 29 on the first, somehow), Wheat and I went to the beach and relished being all alone there for an entire weekend, and while he read, I knitted… these adorable sheep! I’ll share patterns for both the booties and the sheep in separate posts, as well as what I plan to do with the sheep. They’re not finished yet!
And that’s about it. I’ve been told I need to get on the registry thing before Christmas comes, so I’ve played around with it some (which is really fun slash overwhelming), but I haven’t taken it seriously. Mostly, I’ve just been trying to enjoy every minute of this whole thing and saying lots of prayers for a healthy baby!
You can read that as our little family or my waistline… either works. ;)
Wheat and I (along with all of our family and friends) are so very, very excited that we are expecting baby Kirbo to arrive in May! Coincidentally on our 4th anniversary.
I am already giddy and knitting in anticipation, which has thus far included these adorable (and quick!) knit baby booties. I’ll share the pattern for them soon – it’s a simple, quick knit that is oh-so-much fun. This pair actually is meant for my sweet friend Maggie’s (at the time, future) baby Owen – who is potentially being born this very day!! – but not before I used them for these pictures. I picked up this antique baby chair months ago while junking for fixtures for our Maiden South Expansion (our grand (re)opening and one year anniversary party is Friday – eeeep!), and the mini “Celebrate the Little Things” bunting is from Maiden South, too. When I bought such a cute little chair, I had no idea I would be using it so soon for such a happy announcement!
I am grateful for this space in which to share this happy news and all that will come along with it with our family and friends (which includes all of you!). Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes – this baby is already very loved.
More to come! But for now, I’m spending as much time as possible simply counting my blessings and giving thanks for so much joy in my life right now. My cup runneth over and over and over again.