Friday, September 02, 2005


I finished a UFO!!!

Pattern: Booties from Leisure Arts Leaflet 2984
Materials: Lion Brand Microspun (100% microfiber acrylic, 168 yds) in French Vanilla. Much less than 1 ball. Size US3 needles.
Gauge: 7.25 sts/in in twisted stockinette
Finished size: 3.75" long, 2.25" wide, 3.25" tall

Started: April 23, 2005
Finished knitting: April 30, 2005
Finished: September 1, 2005

In my Short Bus post, I discovered that I purl all wrong. This is one of my recent projects where I wanted to cry because of it. I was just fine with the garter stitch sole, but working on size 3 needles on yarn that WILL NOT stay together on stitches that are twisted so you can't poke your needle through was just plain painful. The picture on the left is what your stockinette ends up looking like when you twist all of your purls. If you find your stockinette looking like this and it wasn't intentional, seek help. Now. You'll thank me later.

On the upside, I think the twisted stockinette adds an element of character to an otherwise boring looking pair of booties. I didn't want to use a novelty yarn because they'd be hard to care for. I decided on off-white because the couple didn't know the gender of their child and I thought it the safest option.

I did learn how to apropriately seam. I used the mattress stitch for the first time on these boots, and if you've never done it, I highly recommend using the site's video about mattress stitch.

Now all I have to do is get around to finding an address for her and going to the post office. Maybe by Christmas the little one will have something new for his/her feet...

Previous posts about this project:
UFO's are buzzing my head!