I was a few months pregnant when Tim asked when I was going to knit some bootees (aka booties) for the baby. I wondered why he hadn't asked for the first child, he answered that he hadn't known I could knit back then. Fair enough.

So I got some yarn in time for the trip to Hawaii, thinking it would be a good chance to get some knitting in. I tried two patterns, one from a book of my great-aunt's, and one on the web; I preferred the web pattern (they're the bootees on the right). Once the baby arrived of course, we rediscovered why we hadn't used the bootees we had with our first child; they don't stay on the feet! Socks or outfits with feet built-in are much more practical. Although I did discover that if you put socks on first, the bootees do stay on longer.

The results of the Hawaii knitting are here, showcased on a tablecloth I got in Hawaii... Baby's jacket and bootees

The jacket is a seamless cabled jacket, knitted in Baby Soft by Lana Gatto from a free pattern that's no longer available. The only slightly tricky bit was making the increases work into the cable pattern properly, that required a piece of paper and a certain amount of calculating. Other than that, a reasonably easy knit and the yarn is lovely and soft. I just hope she spends as much (or more) time wearing it as I did knitting it!

Originally published on Anyway, my other blog.

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