Monday, January 21, 2013
On Saturday at the knitting club at the Public Library the ladies were talking about booties. I guess they're having a bit of a KAL. The pattern they're using is a very traditional one - something like this - but I've always thought this Moc-A-Soc pattern looked just darling. And now I have a reason to knit it.
It's knit flat and seamed, which took me aback when I first looked at it, but after knitting a few I think I'll continue that way rather than adjusting to knit in the round. After all, it's a pretty small seam to sew up and it does mean there are no jogs in the garter pattern. And it's surprisingly not too fiddly - I'm not even fed up with it yet and I'm already on number 3.
I'm using sock yarn leftovers from my stash with a plan to donate them to the Warm Hands Network. They provide items to a number of prenatal clinics and new Mom groups in the northern reserves, so these will definitely be put to good use. Because of the cold temperatures - it's -35°C in Moose Factory today - they specifically request superwash wool. Knitting the boot part of the pattern with fingering weight rather than sport weight results in a finished product that's on the small side. Essentially, when I knit the pattern as written for the 6-12 month size I end up with a 0-6 months size bootie, measuring 4" on the length of the sole. I might play around a bit with the numbers to see if I can make some a little bigger, but for now I'm just having way too much fun knitting these as written.