It seems that I’ve transitioned into making footwear lately. It started with these booties for Ruby, which led to another pair of booties (commissioned by my sister).
I love the way they came out. I didn’t add buttons to this pair because I don’t personally know the recipient so I used felt flowers instead (don’t worry, I stitched each one down about 16 times). I really like making these little baby things- for some reason it’s “okay” to be playful with color when it comes to kids. Often I get asked why I don’t make my hats in kid sizes, but I’m dumbfounded as to why we’re not “allowed” to be colorful as adults. Heh.
I also started my very first pair of crochet socks. My sis got me the yarn for these when she was in LA and I thought, “Oh. Sock yarn. I have never made socks.” Instead of using it for something else, I figured it was as good a reason as any to learn (plus, again, it is COLD in this here basement apartment). I checked out Crocheted Socks! from the library and am making Easy Does It. Despite having more than enough yardage according to the project specs, it looks like I will run out, so I am trying to crochet them both to a similar point before proceeding (so they match, even if they become Frankensocks). So far it has been totally addicting and better than I imagined. I was concerned that they’d be too bulky or something but they are just right. And I am learning lots of new textures designed to stretch and reinforce. Yay. The only downside is the tiny hook- I definitely have to rest up between crocheting sessions. The book, by the way, is totally worth the $13 or so that it costs on Amazon, but I am currently loving that I can get it for free at the library.