Category Archives: Knitting

Pollyanna and the Manly Knitter

Lyda here.

My cousin Ryan is now the world number one in shot put, winning the Diamond League and the 2013 US Championships this year. He ranked 9th in the 2012 London Olympics, and may break the world shot put record some day. He now sits at 12th on the world all-time list.

And he knits.

He even taught his mom to knit.

His favorite moment this year? The birth of his baby boy.

How could a Pollyanna not be proud?


Pollyanna and the Return of Baby Booties

Lyda here.

Because I just couldn’t resist, I made another set of baby booties. These will go to a co-worker who is expecting her first girl in August.

BABY BOOTIES, Second Edition

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Note how the stripes are the same. After finishing the first one, I unwound the yarn ball until I got to the dark purple yarn again, so the set would match. I did that with the first pair too, but forgot to mention it. Although I do think that it would be cute if the toes were different colors. Maybe I’ll try that on the next pair. Rumor has it that another co-worker is expecting twins…


Details and credits:

Pattern:  Free Baby’s Best Booties Knitting Pattern As you see, there are lots of free patterns at TLC. This is the same pattern that I used for the first pair I made.

Yarn:   Serenity Garden Yarn in Sea  purchased from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics – fine #2 yarn, very soft, colors that self-stripe on the booties, and machine washable. I used less than 1 skein on these booties – probably 2/3 of a skein.

I’m not sure that I would buy this colorway again. When I was knitting these, I thought the pale lavender stripe just looked dirty, but they look pretty good on the completed booties. I do prefer the Crocus colorway of this yarn (used for the first set I made).

Needles:  size 3 circular bamboo needles (straight needles would work)

Adjustments to pattern: None, except I didn’t include a ribbon on these. They just didn’t seem to need the embellishment, and it’s just one more thing for the parents to keep track of (and these parents already have two boys, so simpler seemed better). This time I followed the pattern and sewed the back all the way up, with the seam on the inside.

I like the way they came out.


Pollyanna and Socks In Space!

Lyda here.

So, my fellow Pollyanna and enabler Anna-Liza emailed me this awesome link:

What happens on the bridge of the Enterprise when the cameras are off

I won’t spoil it, but I will reveal that it does involve fiber of several varieties.

I am knitting another set of baby booties because – booties! And last night I was knitting away and I thought, “Knitting socks can’t be much harder than this, right?”

And the last time I was at Home of Crack, um, I mean Jo-Ann’s, there were two skeins of purple yarn that was on deep discount and I hardly hesitated at all before scooping it up. Even though it is for making lace, which I swore I would never do. But it’s so pretty and soft and it has sequins! I’m not made of stone, people!

Yes, I am starting to see more complicated knitting looming in my future. And not the “maybe when I’m a thousand and ten” future… much sooner than that.

So I emailed Anna-Liza:

Help me, Obi Wan Ka-knitty, you’re my only hope!

Pollyanna loves her booty

Uh… booties, that is. Baby booties, to be precise.

Lyda here. When last I wrote about these, I was still learning to count.

At last, and with a great flourish, I present for your admiration:

Purple Baby Booties for Sweet Pea!

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I still call the baby Sweet Pea – although she does have an official name – because Sweet Pea was her “in vitro” name, the one we all called her before she was born. But I digress…

Let’s get another look at those tiny foot covers. Note the cute ruffly effect at the back:

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Note the cute little toes:

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Could the ribbon match the yarn any more perfectly?

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No. No, it could not.

Y’all may notice that I took these pictures on the seat of the car in the bright morning light. I finished them the night before, and couldn’t wait to give them to Sweet Pea’s mom, my dear friend and coworker.

She was thrilled with them!

She not only took a picture to send to everyone she knew:


Exhibit A – again, note the cute ruffly effect at the back. And the stripes!

She hugged me and then said she was going to show everyone in the office.

Which she did.

Every. Single. Person.

She says she is going to put them in a shadow box and hang them on the nursery wall when Sweet Pea outgrows them.


So, details and credits and what-not…

Pattern:  Free Baby’s Best Booties Knitting Pattern As you see, there are lots of free patterns at TLC. This pattern was recommended by Anna-Liza’s daughter, a very talented knitter and, I am proud to say, my friend.

Yarn:   Serenity Garden Yarn in Crocus  purchased from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics – fine #2 yarn, very soft, lovely colors that self-stripe on the booties, and machine washable. I used less than 1 skein on these booties – probably 2/3 of a skein.

Needles:  size 3 circular bamboo needles (but straight needles work for this)

Ribbon:  Offray purple polka dotted ribbon I found at Jo-Ann’s – not washable, but too perfect a match to pass up

Adjustments to pattern:

Heel-to-ankle seam:  I stitched it with the cast-on edge on the outside, instead of inside. That’s how I got the ruffly effect on the back, mostly because my cast-on stitches are bigger than the rest of the knitting. Happy accident. Also, I did not stitch all the way up to the end – instead, I left the top of the back open to match the front of the booties. This give a bit more looseness to the ankles, and allows for size adjustments by tying the ribbon tighter or looser. But mostly, I just like the way it looked – sort of like Robin Hood’s booties.

Ribbon attachment:  Instead of weaving the ribbon through the stitches around the ankle, I created a loop of yarn at the back for the ribbon to go through. The ribbon can be easily removed for washing, or replaced if it gets frayed or lost.

“So, now that these are done, what are you going to do, Pollyanna?”

“Knit some more, of course!”

And also, check off an item on my Bucket List. Woo-hoo!




Pollyanna versus the Counting of Doom

Lyda here.

Every day I learn something about myself.

I now know that I can not count. Which might explain the financial issues, now that I think of it…

Case in point:  Knitting baby booties requires counting stitches. For these booties, it requires counting up to as high as 46.


Apparently I cannot do this reliably.

Ribbit ribbit! Lots of frogging. Poor yarn.

But the first bootie is finished except for the back seam.

I promise to post the link to the actual pattern, and the name of the yarn, and everything, later. I’m using size 3 circular bamboo needles.

For this pattern, one knits flat:

Booty the First

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See that lovely striping? See the lovely line of shaping?

Then one gathers the stitches at the toe, and seams up the front and back:

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Oh the cuteness!

I have been carrying this bootie around with me and whipping it out to show people at random times. That’s right:

I’m a bootie flasher.

There probably is no cure, but with help I can still be a contributing member of society.