Saturday, February 03, 2007

Still busy...

Okay...! I have one free hour before my matinee concert at 2:00, so I'm scurrying to update my poor neglected blog. It's been a whirlwind of work lately, which is great, but I have less time to knit :(

I suppose I could knit in the subway, but the fact is, the floors of those cars are sooooo disgusting with all the sticky spilled remnants of peoples' coffee, booze and leftover takeout (and I'm leaving out the worst stuff), that I know dropping a WIP would mean instant RIP for the poor knitted item. And of course, no amount of anger or cursing or applying of bleach would bring it back to life.

I finished the Trickey Dickeys from E.Z.'s Knitting Around. I didn't do the shaping in the front bottom portion because a) I was in a hurry to finish and b) the square bottom makes it harder for the dickey to jump out of the front of a jacket (figured this out from experience).

This is the Dickey von Beethoven from the same book. I made this about a year ago, and I think it's a better design overall because it sits flat and covers more. I used a laceweight silk/mohair blend yarn for this. Sorry it's a bit wrinkly, but I wanted to include this here for comparison.

I made some booties for a friend a while back, and she has asked me to make another pair. I've decided on the Herringbone Bootees from 50 Baby Bootees to Knit. Tons of cute patterns in this book, but I wish I could figure a successful way of converting these to knit in the round. I'm not too excited about the seams, but oh well.

I also made this crochetted pair from a free pattern here. She also has patterns for knit booties; both toe up and heel down, in the round. I think I'll try that next. I used Jaeger Alpaca fingering weight yarn.


  1. I love that 50 Baby Bootees to Knit book, but do you find there are TONS of errors in the patterns? So far I've had to self-correct everything I've knit from there. They look lovely, though!

    As for subway knitting, you need a GoKnit pouch!

  2. The dickeys are great, all of them! I don't think I'll be able to make a single one this winter. :o( The knit baby booties are adorable, cute, gorteous! They look soft and cudly, I want a baby for these booties! ;o)Your friend must be happy about them. The crochet ones are nice too, but hey, I'm a knitter, so knitted booties rule! ;o)

  3. Both of the booties are so cute. My favorite is the knit ones(Although I do crochet...I'm biased towards knitting!). They are really lovely. Very nice pattern, even though it's not in the round. I feel the same way about seams, but sometimes you just have to grin and bear it and this time it was worth it :)

    happy knitting :)

  4. The Trickey Dickeys rock big time, and my, the baby booties are so absolutely cute - such beautiful patterns!

  5. Very cute booties; I'll have to look for that book. I, too, am disappointed that so many bootie patterns are knit flat for seaming. I have made these a twice:
    in the cable design. I continued the cable down the top of the foot. I found the zig zag bind off too bulky but I did like the short row toe so I grafted the end of the sock together, having adjusted the pattern to place the end at the bottom of the foot.