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Thursday, June 19, 2003  

The book 50 Baby Bootees to Knit by Zoe Mellor, arrived at the library yesterday and I would say its cuteness factor is about a 12 on a scale of 10. This is a book I would not have bought for myself, mostly because I am beyond the baby stage, few of my friends and none of my contemporaries have wee ones, and no one seems to be helping me move into the grand-baby stage. In fact, I still wouldn't buy it now, because I suspect once you figure out how one pattern works, the rest are pretty much just variations on a theme. But even the ad photos in the craft bookclub flyer made me go all melty inside.

Fortunately, there is a policy in the library that when 2 people ask for a book we don’t own, we buy it, based on the theory that only 20% of people will actually ask for what the want. This policy came about to counter any prejudices on the part of staff - but sometimes it works in our favor. And happily for these two patrons/knitters they were both in the building yesterday at the same time and got in plenty of drooling.

Unhappily, though not a real deterrent to me, and probably unknown to them, the discussion on Knitters Review Forums, by folk who have knit some of these elf-shoes, is all about how these booties turn out far larger than the knitters had expected. I had read through a couple of patterns and was surprised to see the recommended yarn is Rowan Kid Silk Haze, knit with size 1, American, needles! The usual recommended needle is a size 8 American. Of course, maybe Mellor is trying to get some structure into them - whence the tight knitting with big yarn - but I am wondering - I already knit fairly loosely - am I going to have to buy multi-0 needles to make these or can I just use sock yarn and shrug my shoulders at her advice. Well - they are tiny enough to experiment with and might just be the thing for all the little sample skeins of handspun I have lying about the house.

posted by Bess | 6:35 AM