Tiny shoooooooesss..

I am obsessed with tiny shoes.

(Also, Aunt Chantal, if you are reading this, TURN YO’SELF RIGHT BACK AROUND. READ NO FURTHER. OR ELSE.)

Alright, now that I’ve got that sorted out, I can continue. Yes, I am obsessed with tiny shoes. I knit some baby booties before, and they were a smidge addictive, but they weren’t for the baby of a family member so I resisted the urge to make more. People who aren’t related to you aren’t required to handle quite as much insanity as family members. They’re stuck with you. (muahahahahaha!) However, as I may have mentioned, (once, or twice, or ten times) my aunt is having a baby, and it’s her seventh. Once you’ve had that many kids, you’ve pretty much got all the essentials for raising them (I think.) However, what you have less of is the sortof fancy gorgeous special things that everyone seems to get for the first baby. So my current mission was born. I’m knitting some really nice stuff for this baby. My style has been a bit cramped by my aunt’s refusal to tell me what flavor of baby might be arriving (she doesn’t want to ruin the surprise for herself and the family) but my mom is visiting her and my grandparents this weekend, and she is going to be my ambassador. I have authorized her to offer bribes of knitwear of unrivalled beauty if only her doctor will call and tell me what kind of baby it is. I have also been sworn to secrecy, and I keep my promises. (Although I know that if I do manage to wangle the info out of my aunt, I will be completely beset by my relations, begging to be let in on the secret. But I shall be firm, and possibly a bit smug that my knitterly powers have granted me advance notice of the baby’s gender.) I do also have this on my side. Another of my aunts recently presented me with a lovely little girl child to knit for. Armed with prior knowledge of the baby’s gender, I knitted this, and it still fits. Here she is wearing it at Good Friday service this year:

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This is one of the best things I have ever knit, hands down, and it made all the women in my family squee with delight. She looks like a perfect little princess in it, and I’m hoping that it will be enough to convince my Aunt Chantal to cave. If not, I’ll just have to keep knitting gender neutral stuff. However, when you’re knitting tiny shoes with a lovely cream angora-blend yarn?

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It’s not the end of the world. I told my mom that if she didn’t hear from me within a week to send help. I might be buried in baby booties. (I might be knitting a bonnet now to take the edge off.)

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17 Comments

  1. Chaussons mignons? I made a set of those, and they were very tiny! But they were just a placeholder gift for the baby shower, the real present was knit later.

    That dress is completely adorable, and so is the baby.

    • You are exactly right, although I had to muck about with the pattern to make it work for fingering weight yarn. It turned out beautifully though. I keep putting it on my thumb like a little puppet.

  2. ohhh my gosh those are so cute! i’m on my pediatrics rotation in school right now and the steep increase in cute babies in my life is currently almost too much to handle. luckily i haven’t had too many crazy knitting urges :P

    • That would be so dangerous for me! I’d be knitting them all hats and booties.

  3. I am finishing baby knit 2 this month. I was just getting ready to tuck into some socks and shawls when my cousin emailed me to confirm she’s expecting a boy the end of summer. I might have to put those booties on my list. I might have to knit the other cousin something for his toddler, just to be able to knit for a baby girl! Your baby knits look great!

    • Thanks! Isn’t knitting for babies fun and addictive? The knits just fall off the needles!

  4. I LOVE that intro! Had me in stitches!! lol “TURN YO’SELF RIGHT BACK AROUND. READ NO FURTHER. OR ELSE.” rofl

    • She occasionally lurks the blog, so I wanted to make sure her surprise wasn’t ruined. If she was sneaky and looked anyway, on her own head be it! :P Also I might keep the booties as finger puppets and laugh maniacally. They work surprisingly well for that.

  5. Those are so unbelieveably cute!

    • They are, as my friend Natalie would say, “so cute they’ll give you uterus cramps.” :P

  6. Love the dress and those tiny shoes! I’ve always loved that little dress pattern……maybe I should knit that soon…so pretty…

    • It was totally worth buying the kit just to get the pattern. That dress is PERFECT.

  7. So cute!!

  8. I love the dress! It is almost as adorable as the sweet girl modelling it! Her smile sells the look :D

    • She’s the cutest! She lives far away so I’ve never actually seen her in person, but I like knowing that she’s covered in some knitted love.

  9. Very nice!!

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