Friday, August 21, 2009

bootie love


I just discovered that I love goofy Gramma booties!

Check these out! They came in a box of hand-me-downs, so I have no idea who made them, but they are awesome. I hadn't realized that I loved funky pom-pom booties until on a whim I put them on my kid. Dear God! Why had no one warned me of the cuteness??? And how lucky were we to score them in a hand-me-down box??

The overwhelming wave of cute-induced excitement got me wondering about where to find some good Gramma-bootie patterns on the internets. A year or two ago I knitted a bunch of sophisticated, classy, non-pom-pommed booties and posted my reviews of the free patterns here. Alas, those were the days before I had nummy little baby feet in the house in need of such garments. I believed that the simple, clean lines of a Mary-Jane style bootie were what one would want to see on one's well-dressed child. Ha! Bring on the pom-poms!

Actually, the main qualification for a good bootie is that they actually stay on. This automatically disqualifies Mary-Jane style booties, ballet slipper booties, and many other classy booties from consideration, and renders whatever I said in that previous review post basically worthless. It also explains why so many bootie patterns have names like "Stay-On Baby Booties," "Won't Slip Baby Booties," and "Guaranteed to Never Fall Off Or Your Money Back Baby Booties." Now I understand.

I think the booties above were made with Grandmother Owl's Really Good Booties pattern, (which is free on the webs), with pom-poms added. Friends with new babies, be forewarned: I will hereby be adding pom-poms or other such nonsense to every bootie I knit from now on! And to anyone who I ever knitted a classy Mary-Jane bootie for, my apologies. I didn't know.

Also, will I ever post a picture of any part of my child other than her feet? What's up with that? OK, next time - hands!


  1. You realize that you won't be able to put those cute booties on her once she starts lifting her feet and putting them in her mouth - along with everything else she can get her hands on. Pom poms - one of those ever hazardous items listed in the 1000 item long list of what baby can choke on. My parents probably handed me any old thing to chew on. Now we're all a walking panic attack with a list of "no no" items. I have to say though, that they are the cutest things! - Bev

  2. Welcome to the total absurdity of motherhood.
    Cuteness trumps a heck of a lot!
    And what Bev says is true. Little little kids WILL chew on just about anything. And there were many many moments with my first born that I worried about so many things. At some point, when she was about 8 or so, I started to remember the things that I and my siblings did while we were growing up (and I will note that we grew up on a farm and some of the things that we did were pretty heart stopping for a parent) and we all survived. Now, in a lot of instances, I just bite my tongue and let my kids experience life. For example, on Saturday, on our way home from twoo weeks on the lake, my eldest spied a well aged moose skeleton on the side of the road. We now have a well aged moose skeleton in the back yard. I'm not quite sure what is going to happen to it, but life sure is interesting.

  3. Adorable! Also, as another knitter and mom of an infant I may be biased, but I think cute-induced excitement comes with the territory of having your baby wear handknits. Just sayin'. ;)

  4. Pompoms rule! Though it would just give my baby the grip he needs to remove every bootee, sock or hat placed on him. I'm sticking to knitting things that stay on.

  5. let us know
    which patterns
    really work
    to stay
    on baby feet...
    i always wonder...

  6. these are irresistibly cute! you are so right about the pompoms... wherever they are (ok, almost wherever), they add the cuteness :)


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