Friday, February 23, 2007

Found object

My friend thrifted a bag of acrylic baby yarn a year or so ago, because -- why else? -- she and her roommate were having a pompom party. Anyway, tucked into the bag with the partial balls of vintage pink and yellow Sayelle was an index card, onto which had been typed a pattern for "Babies' Bootees." My friend recently passed on the card to me, and I thought I'd share it with you.



I have not used this pattern (I'm not even sure I understand parts of it), so I can't tell you what the finished bootees will look like. I also don't know if it's meant for sport- or DK-weight yarn. I do know that the needle sizes given on the back are Canadian; metric equivalents are 3.0mm, 3.25mm (US 3), and 3.75mm (US 5). I love that -- for different sizes, don't change the pattern, just change the needles! Anyway, if you use this mysterious pattern, let us know how the bootees turn out.

(I was going to photograph the index card on the living room carpet, but Mooky said, "Have you no shame? You poured catnip on this very carpet the other night, and although I rolled in it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I didn't eat it all. And you haven't vacuumed yet. It's a mess! I must insist that you move along, while I continue to lie on the offending spot, which, incidently, still has the faint aroma of my precious narcotic... Please, just leave me be.")

12 comments:

jennie said...

Ah yes, I recognize that drugged out stare :) Mooky looks a lot like Phoebe.

Let me know how the bootie pattern works out!

miss ewe said...

I love your cat. Really -- you get tired of him, you give me a call. Hilarious creature.

That old bootie pattern is priceless. Could be worth a try...

anne said...

I don't currently need any booties, but I think I might enjoy a pompom party!

meegiemoo said...

That Mookie is very wordy, yet eloquent. I feel that he and my black cat, Merlin, would be BFF.

Chris said...

Love that picture of Mooky!! He is very loquacious, isn't he?

meegiemoo said...

Whoops. Mispelled Mooky. Sorry Mooky! *pat pat*

TheBunny said...

Look at the pinpoint pupils Mooky is sporting. Just make sure he doesn't try to shave all his hair off.

gleek said...

:) i love cats on catnip. it's so funny!

Allena said...

i'm sure your cat is totally saying that! that's hilarious. the pattern is totally cool too. i'd love to see what it looks like when it's done.

elkislander said...

I tried it!
It looks like it was written from memory or a short-hand to refer to whle knitting. The ridges are 3 rows of stockinette. Ridges are counted from both sides.
The pick up was tricky. I wasn't able to stay in pattern.
Don't bind-off or the poor little kid will have a lumpy seam down the middle of his foot. Definately needs to be finished by grafting the live stitches together toe-to-heel.
Kind of cute, but there are better-written patterns out there.

normanack said...

I love "wool over." (The word "wool" just makes me happy in general.)

Those old typed cards are so great. I wonder where my mom's old recipe box is?

Alisha said...

Typed...now that is an old pattern.

It will be interesting to see how they turn out if you knit them.