No booties this time

This last week we went up to see our daughter when they had the new baby baptized. Our granddaughter wore the same baptismal gown that her brother had worn but not the booties he did. Her brother was several months old when he was baptized so I had to make the booties to fit him. I also didn’t think to make her a pair – where was my mind for the last 6 months?? – so I decided to do something a little less complicated. I decorated some socks.

Even this simple little motif gave me fits. First, I used size 80 thread, DMC # 604, which I rarely even try to tat with. Second, I was tatting these in the car then trying to finish them off in the hotel room. They ended up taking more time than I want to admit. They also don’t quite have the same stitch count – I finished one kind of late and made the second one kind of early the next morning. After I’d almost finished I realized I had changed it up a bit. And, you know what? I just left them that way. My husband and daughter looked at them and couldn’t tell the difference. Besides, with the baby wearing her long baptismal gown you couldn’t see the socks anyway. So someday, if the socks survive very long, someone will look at them and maybe notice that Grandma didn’t know how to count – and I’m okay with that 🙂

I then proceeded to decorate a second pair of socks (the socks came on a card containing two pair) almost but not quite the same. I didn’t add any decorative picots to these. I figure these might be worn a couple of times and picots don’t always look so good after washing without a little help. These actually came out looking pretty good – and they do have the same stitch count – though I made them while distracted by the new born and a two-year-old. And I have never claimed to be good with a sewing needle: they are attached in a manner that they shouldn’t come off even if it’s not pretty 😛 I used DMC size 80 again in #107.

Babies are a grandparents’ best reward

We bring them home and spoil them

Then return them to their parents

And leave them to their mayhem


This weekend I drank a lot of iced tea, though today for Tatting Tea Tuesday I returned to hot tea. There’s just something about having a hot cuppa first thing in the morning that I like better than having a cold glass. Of course, it’s not summer yet!

For those here in the USA, I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Weekend. We flew our tattered American flag in wind that almost tore it off the pole but didn’t make it to the cemeteries. That had been on my agenda, but with the visit to the grandchildren we didn’t make it. We drove by a few cemeteries decorated with flags and flowers, very beautiful, and in church we recognized those that had been in the military, giving us a chance to say “Thank you for your service”
Though I’m a day late, I’d like to say “thank you” to all of you out there for your service to your country, and to me and my family. Your are greatly appreciated. Though this was written several years ago I wanted to share this poem with you.
Memorial Day 2007

9 thoughts on “No booties this time”

  1. Your decorated socks looks FABULOUS and extra pats on the back for tatting in size 80 IN THE CAR and late at night! Whoo-wee, that was determination!

  2. Hi Wanda! I'm hoping this comment gets through because for the past couple of days, many bloggers (including myself) have been unable to comment on blogs with a certain 'comment' setup. However, your setup looks like it will work (I hope)!

    My husband and I want to congratulate you (and your daughter and her husband, of course) on the birth of your granddaughter!!! You'll have plenty of opportunity to do lots of tatting for her, so I wouldn't worry about not doing the booties. The socks are very practical and very sweet! And size 80 thread yet!

    I'm still impressed at how much energy you have! And you'll need it with all the grandkids!!!

  3. I have trouble making a join with size 20 thread in a moving vehicle. I'm impressed that you could do it with size 80. I'm sure those socks looked great on her little feet.

  4. Gee, I didn't see any comments about the new blog LAYOUT – it's LOVELY!! The socks are cute, the baby's ADORABLE!! Hope to see you one of these days!

  5. Well I am impressed with you socks they look great, ok if you did not count very well, but making them in a car is not easy.

    I am sure in many years to come they kwill be a treasured item for the next generation.

  6. Thank you everyone for you kind comments on the socks. This experience reminded me why I rarely use size 80:-)

    I'm glad your comment made it, Kathy. I'd just got an email from someone else saying there was a problem. Feel free to email me if you can't comment.

    Thanks, Sherry, on noticing the blog change. I'm trying to find a new one to last for awhile, this is one I'm trying out.

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