Sunday, April 20, 2014

Big Bootie, Bags and Bowls

I've been wanting to knit some baby booties and
asked a friend to recommend an easy pattern.  
The pattern looked easy enough so, I gave it a go. The needles I used were 1 size larger than that in the pattern, (a size 8)  but I thought that would not make much of a difference......
 I was wrong.
It is one BIG bootie...I have had my own
joke about Big Bootie In The House!
I told my DH I had not found Big Foot,
but I did have his baby bootie.
So, back to the needle stash I went to try
a much smaller needle and a different
yarn.  A size 4 needle and sock yarn resulted
in a smaller bootie, but I think still a bit
too large.
Here is a side by side comparison:
I will make another with the size 4 needles
to have a pair of booties.  For the next pair
I will try size 3 needles.
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Tote Bags for Breast Cancer

The link to this project includes 
a tutorial, if needed.
I added pockets to my bags.
 Fun fabrics
 fully lined
 and reversible. 
 Pockets on the outside
 and pockets on the inside.
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Bowls
Bowls created using cotton clothesline cord,
 Strips of fabric
 and a zigzag stitch.
Three bowls that became Easter Baskets
for my girls.
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In the background of the bowl photos
you may have noticed bricks on the
ground.  We had to have our chimney
completely torn down.
 What a mess!  I am wondering if the yard will
ever be the same.
Sophie keeps an eye on all the coming
and going of workers.
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I have started volunteering at a hospital one
day a week. I will be working the front desk
 and when needed rocking babies!
We had a "Thank You" luncheon
last week and they gave us these cute
tote bags.
 I love the image and  message on the bag.

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Go make a difference!

Love to all,
Deb

24 comments:

  1. i bet you'll find a use for those cute booties that are too large. love the bowls. have made several of those in the past and they work up so quickly and are so useful.

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  2. I'm afraid that I'm now thinking of Goldilocks and wondering if the next bootee will be 'just right'. Your bowls are awesome....another project I have wanted to try doing but haven't gotten around to.

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    1. Yes the Goldilocks story has come to my mind as well! LOL

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  3. Ha Ha on the booties! They are very cute though! I had to learn to knit and crochet in college, but I hated the knitting. Love to crochet!
    The bags are all so nice, and I love your volunteer gift. Neat saying!

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  4. hard to imagine we all had tiny feet a good few years ago. A good collection of tote bags. Enjoy your volunteering, I am sure baby cuddles will be a delight

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  5. Even if the size isn't what you hoped for, they're very cute booties! :) I love those Easter bowls you made for your girls. How pretty are those!... and your precious totes are beautiful as well! xoxo

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  6. Had quite a chuckle with your "bootie" adventure! I have no doubt future booties will be just the right size :). The fabric bowls are great as are the totes - I can see you are keeping very busy. I have a feeling you are really going to enjoy volunteering at the hospital.

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  7. Well girlfriend-- NO way am I going to make a Bigfoot joke about your bootie-- I can't even tell you how many times I've had to restart baby booties!! It goes with the territory for us knitters!

    Oh my- the bags are stunning. Love the details-- love the heart and your fabric choices. The ladies who get these beautiful bags will be so thrilled. I love the beautiful bag you made for me-- I use it all the time:)

    Your bowls are amazing! You've been SO busy!! What a wonderful idea to use them as Easter baskets. You photographed them beautifully.

    Sending much love!
    Vicki

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  8. Now I'm wondering what would lead to having to take a chimney down! Your projects are all great - even the big bootie. Maybe you should make another one and wait for a child who is the right size and hates cold toes! =)

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    1. The chimney is a thorn in my side! It started out with the brick flaking off, it got so bad we had the entire chimney resurfaced with stone. The brick beneath the stone kept on flaking and that in turn caused the stone to come loose. Now the entire chimney has been torn down......and we are waiting for them to rebuild it.

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  9. Whew what a difference in booties. They are BootieFul! Love your addition of pockets to the totes. Bless you for volunteering. Nice tote with a great message you received. I still have one of those rope baskets and use it for bits at the sewing machine and beyond. My Aunt made it for me decades ago and I love it. Chimney replacement looks like a big project. Good Luck. Blessings Dear...

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  10. Love those rope baskets you created. Hope the third bootie is the charm, and comes out the perfect size. Bless you for volunteering, and for making those great totes!

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  11. Yooooooooou are just amazing:) Love, love the rope baskets and Tote bags.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  12. What a great post! I love what you've made. I hope to make some of the totes when I dig out my sewing machine. The booties are cute but yes, one needle size can make such a difference. I've learned the hard way too. haha I do want to learn to make those bowls. I've seen them and just love them. They look difficult. :-/ But as pretty as they are ... I think they'd be worth it.

    Wishing you a wonderful week!!

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    1. I will try to do a bit of a tutorial on the baskets. Not difficult at all, only it is hard on your hands. Between the baskets and the knitting my Rheumatoid Arthritis is kicking up!

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  13. My gracious girlfriend! You have been busy. I love everything, but especially those bowls. Awesome!

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  14. What adorable booties and love all the pictures.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. Diane it is so nice to have you visit my blog and to take the time to leave me a comment. I enjoyed visiting your blog. I am looking forward to seeing more of your paper work!

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  15. What a delightful post Deb! I loved both your booties, but must admit I did laugh! I'm the same kind of knitter as you, and often ask that same, ever-dangerous question, "Does it matter that much if they're one size bigger?" Too funny!

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  16. Dear Deb,
    your heart is with you in all you does, I so admire all you create to give others a blessed experience. The bags are lovely, and the little shoes so darling. Also your gift bowls for your daughter is a wonderful way of displaying goodies ,and a beautiful work.
    I know those babies, will love you rocking them :-)
    Hugs from Dorthe

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  17. You are wonderful Deb - always giving of your time to help others!
    I love your knitting and as the old saying goes 'practice makes perfect'!!!
    Your first ones were just examples of what can be done with larger needles - I'm impressed!
    The tote bags are so very pretty and the women will be grateful to be thought of - you are the kindest soul.
    love and hugs
    Shane xox

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  18. The booties are really cute and the bags are lovely. The clothesline bowls look really neat too. You've been busy! Your volunteer position sounds wonderful!! Enjoy :)

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  19. The booties are so cute. I want to knit a pair too. thank you for the pattern. the bags are lovely too!! :-)
    -Ranjitha

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  20. those booties are adorable, I think they would be great adult size, very warm!!!!the bowls and the bags are lovely, I need a new bag, you have given me ideas!!!!

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