I found a few great patterns over at Ravelry, an awesome knitting community, and got to work. I chose "Michelle's Booties", which were so quick to make (seriously, SO. TINY.)
|I love me some variegated yarn. Also, couldn't resist the felt embellishments!|
Besides wanting little India to have something beautiful to wear in the first days of her life, I wanted to give a knitted gift because there is something really special to me about knitting a gift. When I knit something, I'm forced to sit in one spot and pay attention to what I'm doing. Because of that, I am constantly thinking about the recipient as I knit. I like to think that all of my warm fuzzy thoughts and good wishes get transferred to the recipient when they wear the item I knitted. I don't know why I get this feeling more with knitting than with other types of crafting--maybe because when repetitively knitting the individual stitches, my thoughts become almost like a mantra for me. With each stitch, a little love--it's more deliberate, maybe, than a project that has a bunch of different kinds of steps? Anyway, I don't know, but it does make me feel really good about giving a knitted gift, especially to a little tiny baby.
And, I had to try and give an idea of the scale of these things. In case you missed it, I cannot get over how little these things are! They look like doll clothes.
First, the booties next to Little Sister's 13-month-old foot:
|Hmmm... this doesn't really seem to do it justice. Please note that|
Little Sister is particularly dainty of foot--she still wears 6 month size shoes.
Now in The Boy's three-year-old hands:
|OK, that's a little more like it, I guess...|
|Is he balancing a cupcake?|
So, I can't wait to pass these gifties (and all the love and warm wishes that come with them) on to baby India! Love to you, girl!