And One for the Knitters

Booties!!! Now before you jump to any conclusions, let me assure you that I AM NOT PREGGERS.  A good friend of mine (who happens to be the guitarist for Sunspot, an awesome geek-friendly rock band that you should probably check out right now) and his wife are expecting a little girl.  This weekend I attended the baby shower (which was actually just a huge-ass party with tons of friends [of both sexes] and food and booze–my friends know how to do it up right), so for the past couple weeks, I’ve thrown aside the scarf (that I wasn’t working on anyway) in favor of these adorable itty bitty booties.  I’m not a big fan of babies, or of children in general, for that matter, but I think that teeny tiny shoes and booties are some of the cutest objects IN THE WORLD.

And no, I haven’t even been watching any particularly geeky tv while doing it.  I know.  I’m falling down on both halves of the job here.  For shame, E, for shame.

The good news is that this short-term project has rekindled my excitement for knitting, so I expect to get back on that horse very soon.  (And by “horse,” I mean “scarf.”)  These little darlings just flew by.  The best thing about creating something so tiny is that you’re done so soon and you feel like a knitting speed-demon.  This is precisely the opposite of the way you feel when working on a Doctor Who scarf.

For those curious, I used the bootie pattern found in Claire Crompton’s Knitter’s Bible╜.  They’re knitted flat, then seamed up with a mattress stitch.  I regularly use this pattern because I suck at knitting in the round.  I am getting a bit better with the magic loop technique, but not yet good enough to attempt bitty booties.  This pattern has served me well in the past, and for now I’m sticking with it.  My boss also has a bun in the oven, so I’ll be knocking out a few more of these suckers fairly soon.  Though I might also decide to try my hand at an in-the-round pattern if I can find a good one**.

So anyway, I apologies to the few of you non-knitters who are still reading.  I’ll probably get back to proper geek content next time—very likely covering The Mind Of Evil.  Not, as you might expect***, because I simply can’t get enough Pertwee, but because Radio Free Skaro is currently in the midst of doing a commentary on it so I’ll be watching it anyway.  Thus I would like to take this opportunity to say this to the RFS randomizer: You suck.

╜[Editor’s note: I originally cited the wrong knitting book, Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting*, which is what I refer to in my first footnote.  I’m sure that’s a fine book, and my comment about my upcoming birthday stands.]

*In preparing that link, I noticed that there is an updated version that was published last year.  I would like to point out that my birthday is in June.  Just sayin’.

** Suggestions welcome!

***If you don’t know me AT ALL.

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