Monday, March 21, 2011

Test Drive for Teeny Tiny Feet

A few weeks before my friend Allison's due date I took More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson for a book test drive: could these little baby socks really take only the suggested 3 hours a pair? Not counting the 12 minutes it took to find the right size needles in my stash, this 1st pic below was taken at 7:30 p.m.
Next by 7:45 p.m.
Then a break to answer some work e-mails that popped up and grab a snack.  By 8:13 p.m. there were 2" and the leg section was done.
I turned the heel flap the wrong way and had to take a few rows out, then look up the SSK (slip-slip-knit) stitch,
and how to pick up stitches along an edge
since it's been a while since I knit my last little baby project.
Once the heel was done it was on to the toe.
And by 10:11 p.m. finishing off.
And voila!  One done by 10:38 p.m.  So, already that's almost 3 hours (with various interruptions) and the 2nd one took about that long too: twice the quoted time, but I need to brush up on my speed.
In any case, I liked this sweet card to go with it.
And always love gift wrapping, especially for something so very small and soft.  It's nice to use a strand of the yarn for a preview of what's inside.
There are lots more projects in the book I want to try too: soft baskets (2 - 4 hours), spiral seat cushions (6 hours), socks (more than 8 hours) and more...maybe my time ratio will be a little better next time.

11 comments:

San Jose Love said...

aww your wrapping is always lovely. I tried to make socks once too and was so confused, I never finished. There are a few tubes started on various sized double points in my knitting basket.

Amy Stewart said...

Aww... so cute!!! I love anything baby!!! :)

Come check out my rope bracelet GIVEAWAY and enter when you get a chance!

Hearthandmade said...

that looks far too difficult for me to comprehend! I love them, well done

aiz kim said...

so envious of your knitting skills...and what a sweet gift indeed it is!

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Hi! What a beautiful gift for your friend. Handmade with love. I just discovered your blog. Love! Look forward to visiting you again . . . xo Samantha

KC said...

just found your blog! you definitely inspire me to try some knew things with knitting aside from my boring scarves :)

Craftiness NOW said...

hi San Jose Love: oh my, the # of unfinished projects stowed away on needles in my place is just too funny. i usually have to steal the needs for a new project and put the old one on stitch holders for the time being...well, at least i finished something recently, the others will have to wait ;-)

thanks, Amy, your new little one is so adorable, amazing that he can sit up already, what a cutie!

thanks so much, Hearthandmade, i had to start and restart a few times, but they finally got done :-)

thanks, aiz kim, i'd like to get around to knitting more, i'll have to find a new project now!

hi Vintage, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, your blog is so pretty!

thanks, KC, i think after my attempts at hats for my dad i will have to go back to scarves too!

percy handmade said...

Oh my! So adorable!!!! xx

Helen said...

This is so cute, you are such a good friend!

Small Burst said...

Wow-look at you go! These are so great and what a great gift. I so have kit envy right now.

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks so much, percy handmade!

thanks Helen, i hope so :-)

thank you, Small Burst!

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