You know how I love the feel of instant gratification. I often like to knit quick and simple projects just so I can have a FO to share. I guess that's what happened when I picked up some white baby yarn from my stash and some US Size 2 dpns and started knitting my favorite baby booties.
I purchased a kitchen scale many years ago when Jane was visiting from London. She gave me a lovely cookbook that required measuring things. I've used the kitchen scale many times since, sadly, not that much for cooking. It is my saving grace many times when I'm knitting a project and need to know how much yarn I have left. Will I make it to the end of the project before I run out of yarn?
A pair of baby booties (minus the ties) weighs 18 grams. Look at how much yarn I have left?
51 grams of yarn left. That means I can knit 2 more pairs of booties and have some yarn left over. I probably would not have even attempted that final pair fearing that I would run out of yarn. But thanks to my handy dandy kitchen scale, I can safely knit away, rest assured that I will be able to finish my endeavors. That's peace of mind. Yeah kitchen scale!
I bought one skein of KnitPicks Stroll in a variegated pink to see if I would like it for sock yarn. I wasn't too keen on it for socks for myself, but knew that it would be great for baby booties. Thus began my quest to see exactly how many baby booties I could squeeze out of a 100g skein of yarn.
one, two, three
and the beginning of number six. I think I might quite possibly have enough yarn to knit seven and eight, too. Won't that be dandy?
When I need an ever-so-quick pick-me-up, nothing does it quite like Christine's Stay-On Baby Booties. I use just about any fingering weight yarn I have - sock yarn, baby yarn, cotton, merino, acrylic, etc. I always use a set of 5 dpns for this as the patterns works best with a needle on each side of the rectangle. They take almost no time to knit. These are about the perfect amount of knitting for 2 movies. I managed to watch The King's Speech while knitting these. I loved that Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle were reunited in a film - albeit not opposite each other this time as they were in Pride and Prejudice. This time she played the wife of the speech therapist. I think Helena Bonham Carter reigned supreme as the Queen Mum. Geoffrey Rush? Well, what can you say. I want to hire him as a speech therapist at home. And Colin Firth? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
But you already knew I had a little celebrity crush on him...
Secundogeniture is growing at an alarming rate. All those wonderful socks I knit for him last year no longer fit. His paws are now a size 11. Needless to say, I needed to find a home for all his beloved socks.
Ta-Da! Here is a new found owner for the handknit socks. Six pairs went to the midwest and are happily paired with new owners. Ah - this is the life.
I received numerous comments encouraging me to knit one more pair of Christine's Stay-On Baby Booties to make an even dozen. How could I resist? I picked up a solitary skein of unlabeled Lorna's Laces shephard sock from my stash (why did I have a single skein instead of two, I wonder) and cast on for the twelfth pair.
This last pair of booties was easy to knit as I watched the 2009 BBC production of Wuthering Heights
This version of the Emily Bronte classic is by far my favorite. Tom Hardy does wonders for the dark, brooding Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley gives Cathy a sympathetic portrayal despite the poor choices she makes along the way. This rendition makes me truly get a feel for the shocking state that the book's release caused upon its publication. While it didn't receive the critical acclaim at first, upon Emily Bronte's death, the discovery that this story about an unconventional married woman in Victorian England roaming the the moors at night for trysts with her lover was written by a vicar's daughter caused it to be reconsidered. Today it is revered as one of the classics of English literature. Not bad for a first book.
Check out this version of Wuthering Heights. Tell me what you think.