Hand knit frog and duck baby booties

For the past few weeks, I’ve been jug­gling sev­eral projects at the same time: a spe­cial order for two pairs of baby booties, a wool appliqué table top­per, a pair of socks for Johann, a pil­low cover for the couch, and a mini-cross stitch sam­pler kit. When­ever I needed a break from one project, I switched to one of the oth­ers for a while. That way I could make steady progress no mat­ter what I was doing. While I was work­ing, I also was able to think about and plan out how I will tackle sev­eral other projects I’ve got sim­mer­ing, but want to get to soon.

The baby booties are for a friend of a friend who is hav­ing twins. My friend gave her a gift cer­tifi­cate to choose what­ever she wanted. I pointed her to the spe­cial pic­ture set Eric put up on Flickr. She liked the frogs and ducks best. While I was knit­ting the booties, I remem­bered the time I was antic­i­pat­ing Johann’s birth. It means a lot to me that some­thing I made is part of this mother-to-be’s trea­sured nest build­ing time. I hope I get a pic­ture of the babies wear­ing the booties.

One sock and the leg of the sec­ond sock are fin­ished. I was able to fin­ish the cross stitch sam­pler in just two days. With­out inter­rup­tions, I know it would have been com­pleted in one after­noon. It’s from the Posy Col­lec­tion, which is a set of needle­work designs based on his­tor­i­cal pieces. We found it at the Gadsby’s Tav­ern gift shop in Old Town Alexan­dria, VA, dur­ing our recent trip to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The kit was a fun diver­sion to keep me from get­ting bogged down.

The other two projects are long term, although I am almost fin­ished with the table top­per. The pil­low cover is the third of four that I am sewing to redec­o­rate the day guest bed and make it look more like a couch. There’s a lot more to do before I’m fin­ished with that part of my dec­o­rat­ing plans, but in the end it will be far less costly than buy­ing every­thing. As I fin­ish the other projects, I’ll post pictures.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!