Tiny Shoes

Do babies really need shoes? Of course not. They are usually bundled up in footie pajamas or blankets or even if you do get the socks / shoes on, the smart little babes figure out how to kick them off real quick. That doesn’t stop knitters from making them – little baby socks / shoes are a great shower-stopper, relatively quick gift, and a great way to use up bits of yarn. I recently knit up two pairs of Tiny Shoes, by Ysolda as samples for FiberTrades.

Tiny Blue Shoes Tiny Green Shoes
A tip towel rack makes a great display piece for these little shoes! They look so cute and elf-like! I had a tricky time getting a good photograph – the shoes here are not blocked or anything, since I would be packing them up to ship back to FiberTrades. The blue ones are knit in Plymouth Sockotta and the green ones are knit in a Frog Tree yarn. I LOVE that green yarn. So many shades of green!! It was great to knit with as well. While I was provided with the materials, I didn’t have the ball bands, so I don’t know which particular Frog Tree yarn it was!

Teddy Bear Button
The buttons are just adorable. Baseballs for the blue shoes and these Teddy Bears for the green – I think they are vintage buttons, they are metal, not plastic.

Tiny Green Shoes
No babies in the house to model, but I do have baby socks and stuffing! I think it worked.

Speedy travels tiny little shoes! Be happy samples!

A Tale of Two Books.

Fair warning, there’s no knitting in this post. It’s about books I finished in the last month or so.
I recently came across an interesting website, BookSneeze.
I review for BookSneeze
Cute slogan. I signed up because even though most of my free time where I could be reading is usually spent knitting, I do enjoy new books and if Thomas Nelson is willing to provide me with a complimentary copy of this book, then so be it.

I selected “The Map: The Way of All Great Men” by David Murrow.

Here’s the description from BookSneeze: A map, hidden in the gospel of Matthew, is the key to awakening the sleeping giant in the church—men.

Sounds like fiction, but it’s true. The apostle Matthew embedded a map into his gospel. History’s greatest men, including Christ himself, followed this map.

The Map begins as a fictional tale of murder, deception, and greed as three men fight to uncover the most important discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, using the tale as a parable, Murrow shows men what the map looks like, where it is found in the Bible, and how to walk its three ancient pathways today:

* Submission
* Strength
* Sacrifice

David Murrow stumbled across the map by accident in 2006. After three years of research and writing, he is ready to reveal it to the world.

So, the book starts out in an admittedly “DaVinci-code”-ish way – there is mystery about an ancient map that is hidden in the Bible text. That part was interesting – it kept my attention as I was curious as to what would happen next. But then, in the second part of the book you are let in on the secret, that the story in the beginning is all for show, but that there is a “map” in the Bible, right there in front of our noses and it is important for men to follow in order to feel more involved in Church and be more like Jesus. Jesus is presented as following a path of submission, strength and sacrifice. I found the discussion of the map and the path of the map interesting – it did bring together much of the Catholic education I received as a kid in a way that I hadn’t considered before, yet makes complete sense. However, the second and third parts of the book lost me. This is where the book started to loose me and I started to skim the pages. Maybe because I am a woman. Maybe because my religious background is Catholic. Maybe because all I kept thinking of was mega-churches and evangelists (and honestly, I don’t know much about them, maybe I’ve already got some prejudice there from the media). While skimming the last part of the book I felt I was being talked down to, not inspired, and I just wanted to give the book a big ol’ eye roll. Yes, the author is clever in his presentation, but I think he’s the only one who finds himself amusing. Point for the author: He’s got a dachshund though according to the author information on the back cover.

If you’re interested in this book I’m happy to pass it along, I’ll be sticking with Eat, Pray, Love (which I absolutely adored!).

On a different book note, I borrowed a great book from my mom, Art of Racing in the Rain – I am talking this book up to everyone that I know. If you’ve ever had a dog (especially a “good dog”) or known a good dog, you must read this book. Told entirely from the dog’s point of view, this is a story of a dog and his devotion to his owner / family, and their life through the good and bad. I often stay up at night to read when Dan goes to sleep and so many points brought on such emotion I wanted to wake him up to discuss! But I didn’t, instead I’m waiting for him to read this book. Enzo, the dog in the book, is truly deserving of a “Good Dog” title – he is thoughtful and eloquent and now I look at Jackson and wonder if he thinks in a similar fashion.

Ok, enough about the books for today. I do have knitting to finish up – hoping to post about that tomorrow!

Sew.

A few weeks back I broke out my sewing machine again, with this box bag tutorial by my side. I got such a thrill out of this little project – similar to when you are knitting a sock and you get to the weird part at the heel and then before you know it, POOF!, it’s a sock! It’s a bag! With a zipper that works!
Box Bags

I decided to make Theatreknitter one as well. The character of Little Red Riding Hood is quite special to Betsy so I went online and started searching. SewDeerlyLoved had just the right fabric (Japanese, but the shop is in the US) and I must say, I would love to shop there again. The fabric came in such a pretty little bundle!
Box Bags
It came out really cute, if I do say so myself!

In my fabric lusting searching, I also came across these great sites to share:
*Quick Piece Tiny Squares – I’m not a quilter (though I dream of it) and I don’t think I’m going to cut up teeny tiny squares, but you never know. Cute!
*5-minute Hair-kercheif – so adorable. And the Lorax is sort-of into headbands… I’ve been avoiding getting my hair cut for a while now, so I am in need of a hair-taming strategy daily.
*Kiddie Present (doll & doll quilt) – Lorax isn’t too into the baby dolls, she sticks with her puppy, but this is adorable.
*Make a quilted pendant – maybe starting small is the way to go.
*Fabricworm – fabric love.
*PicClick.com for etsy – love searching etsy this way.

Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to post in the last post about how the Peep-Tini tasted – like candy! High sugar, sunny, sweet. All the things I love!

Peep-Tini

Betsy sent me a recipe that was posted on Ravelry for a “Peep-Tini”.
1 oz limoncello
1 oz raspberry vodka
1 tsp frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 pink peep
Mix the liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, pour into a martini glass. Don’t forget to float the peep.

Fantastic, right? Except, I don’t have any of those ingredients in my cupboards! So, I had sent a message to hubby just saying “I want one.”. Figuring maybe this weekend or next weekend we could pick up the things and it would be good. Imagine my surprise when he came home with this:
Peep-Tini

Which later turned into this:
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Awesome. Cheers!

Non Easter Sweater

I’m working on Caitlin’s Cardi, a test knit – and was making great progress. I thought for sure I would have a new sweater to wear on Easter (this coming weekend).

Sweater progress
The body is done. Yay!

Sleeve #1
Sleeve #1 was going fine. Except.

Sleeve Errors
I should have purled instead of knit when picking up those stitches, I have a ridge there. I figured I would live with it and position it so it would be on the back side of my sweater and I’ll never see it. Mmm. Ok. Knit on.

Sleeve Errors
I have now made mistakes in the rib pattern from the decreases. The pattern for the sweater is great. These goofs are all human. And I’m so annoyed. And sad. I was happily knitting along last night and before turning off the tv I took a look at my work and just let out a huge gasp that startled the dog and the husband. I’m considering ripping it all back (to fix both the rib mistakes and that pick up row) or just ripping back the rib mistakes (more likely). I’m bummed, but I’ll figure it out, I really want to wear this sweater!