Friday, February 10, 2012

FO: Baby Steps

This post needs to start with an admission — my fine motor skills are seriously lacking.

I don't jest, as my friend and former co-worker Laura would be happy to confirm. She once handed me an X-ACTO knife and asked me to help cut Peter (or was it Plinky?)* out of foam core. Not believing my claim, she insisted. And so I started, cautiously and carefully. Really trying. After about two minutes, she said, "You know what? You're right. Never mind." and promptly took that X-Acto back.**

So it's not surprising that I've avoided knitting with smaller yarns and needles. But this past Christmas I asked for and got a lovely set of sock-size DPNs. A member of my team is expecting a baby at any moment, so I took the opportunity to grab some fingering weight yarn from my stash and knit up my first-ever pair of booties. On size 1s (2.25 mm). Here are the booties on top of the needle set for a sense of scale.

And here is my snoopy ever-helpful cat Chloe walking into the photo, providing her paw as further evidence of the wee size.

Once I got past the feeling that I was knitting doll clothes on toothpicks, I found the booties fun. In fact, the size 3s (3.25 mm) felt clunky when I first started the hat. I'm counting the booties as my first new item/technique of the year... Now to decide, socks or mittens next?

* For the record, Peter, Plinky, and all the Mint Pals have changed quite a bit in the (how is it possible?) more than a decade since we brought them to life. Laura's art was far superior.

** Also for the record, Laura is a lovely person — so lovely, in fact, that I could only laugh and not feel the least bit offended.


  1. Hooooo, buddy, she ain't kiddin' about them cutting skills. That was some mangled foam core.

    Come to think of it, I'd stand good and clear of her whenever she's got knitting needles or scissors in her hands as well.

  2. Yeah, but those baby items are bootyful.

  3. ooh, so adorable!! those booties and hat are too cute for words!

  4. Ooh, nice! I love these with the Imagination yarn. That makes me want to make another pair--I'm sure I have some leftovers...