I made these cute booties for my friend Anna's baby girl. She's due very soon, though I think it might take some time for Baby L to grow into these. Anna was the first person I met in Asheville, and as an ex-NYCer herself, she was a lifesaver when I transitioned from Brooklyn to Asheville. Her baby deserves lots of handknit goodies.
Yarn: Lion Brand Modern Baby in Green
Pattern: Time Flies Booties from What to Knit When You're Expecting by Nikki Van De Car
I'm not a fan of gender-specific colors for babies unless the mom requests it. I decided to go with green yarn and pink buttons for these, and Anna was very happy about that. (Later, Alex pointed out that these are Sex Pistols colors, which was a total accident. This kid's gonna be way cooler than she knows.)
Choosing baby yarn
Choosing yarn when you're knitting for a baby can be tough. You want something soft, but also something that's easy to care for. Though I don't have kids myself, I learned over the years that moms throw everything in the washing machine. There's no time for hand washing!
Even if you can't find a yarn that's safe for the dryer, at least find one that's safe for the washing machine. Fortunately, the Lion Brand Modern Baby yarn that I used was safe for the washer and the dryer. I also love that it has nylon so that the booties will keep their shape more easily.
A gift tag is a must when you're giving a baby gift. I made this tag using cardstock and a paper punch. I included the fiber content of the yarn, plus the care instructions.
There's your dose of adorable for the day. Are you making or buying any baby gifts this year?