Stalling on baby booties

These baby booties took way longer to knit up than I wanted.  While it was exciting to return to a baby project and something I’d never tried before, a couple of things ended up stalling me, the booties and my blog.

In the ether, I’d heard of sock knitting two at a time. Without any pattern browsing, I thought to myself this must be done by knitting both socks onto one needle, doing the same row on the second sock immediately after doing the first.  The thought of getting two booties finished at the same time really appealed.  So I set off casting on both of them onto the one needle.  Hmm, I hadn’t thought of the fact that you would need two balls of the same wool.

Well the two skeins of wool I had looked the sameish enough.  However side by side on the needle, I started to see slight differences.  I imagined that the finished booties would not even look like a pair.

So I cast back onto 1 needle per booty, and proceeded to knit one at a time.

I found the process so tiresome and drawn out that it was taking me over three months to finish!  In the meantime I had lost a great chunk of data on the computer (including pictures for this post) and details of the charity that had required the booties.  Needless to say I was getting a little grumpy.

Luckily, it was an easy pattern (always the easiest patterns please!) with decreases in the centre.  I’d never knitted anything shaped before so found it nicely intriguing.

Sew them up along one side

and the shape becomes this cute little foot.

Trim with some ribbon and a cuff and bob’s your uncle.

On finishing all two pairs, I couldn’t tell the difference between the skeins of wool used.  So I could have done a pair on one needle after all!  Still growling.

All this frustration was getting me itching to do another project for a change of scenery, even just some more stash buster squares!  But I couldn’t get this going either, knowing that I had that other stalled thing lurking between the cushions.  Remember this?

Ahh I am in purgatory for not completing well.  I am scared to start something new.   I must have graduated to true yarnaholic with unfinished items scattered around the place.  Yes, perhaps it’s something to be proud of.