These are the new version of a pair of War Bride Booties that belong to a friend of mine in my knitting class at OLLI. She wore them on her own baby feet when she came to America on the ship with her mother who was a war bride from England. They have tiny name tags sewn into the backs to identify them and to avoid confusion. Evidently there were other babies on the boat and the washing was communal. I have reversed engineered a pattern for them, at their owner's request. I will be posting that pattern on my pattern page.
These are the originals. Both pair are made up with natural white merino wool but, as you can see, the 70 odd years have yellowed the original wool to an old ivory color. I am giving my friend a copy of the pattern in case she wants to make up some duplicates of her own to give to her wee loved ones. These are too fragile and precious to use now. But isn't it a miracle that she still has them. I love to think of them being knit up in England, with the name tags sewn in with tiny hand stitches. And I love to think of them on her kicking pink baby feet. And I also love that she has kept them tenderly wrapped and kept all these years like the precious articles that they are.
I added some tweaks to improve my I-Pad Cozy. I use my I-Pad to read while I am knitting. In the past I've had to search old fat books with loose bindings that would lay flat but with the I-Pad that is all old problems from the distant past. I wanted to make the I-Pad cozy reading friendly and figure out a way to use it to prop things at the perfect reading angle. This is the result. I added these little corners and also added a flap to close the top of the envelope and to hold the roll that creates the prop for the optimum reading angle. The pattern for the cozy is available on Ravelry and you can click through by going to the pattern page here.
This is what it looks like without the I-Pad, but with the sleeve rolled and the closing flap buttoned down to secure the roll. This pattern uses Peacefleece worsted yarn and a size 6 needle. I also used Peacefleece buttons to secure the flap. The colors of this yarn are rich, heathery and beautiful and the wool makes the texture of the cozy cushiony and delightful to touch. If you button the flap the other way it closes the top of the case and makes everything nice and secure. It completely enhances my knitting and reading experience, and just when I thought it couldn't possibly be any better.
If you would like to stay with us this is the room we rent via Airbnb. I would love to see you and give you a tour of the studio, some quality time at the knitting table, some scones and warm drinks.