Little projects for a little winter

After a hot, dry spell, we’re finally enjoying some cool weather and lovely refreshing rains, which means it’s time to whip out the teapot, candles and yarn… while the weather lasts.

I’ve made these lovely crocheted booties in newborn size before, and was (sorry for the pun) hooked. They were so quick, simple to make and comfy that I ditched every other pattern I’ve used before. Now I’m trying to make some in a bigger size for kids who prefer warm thick socks to slippers around the house. I’ll let you know how it works out.



Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

8 thoughts on “Little projects for a little winter”

  1. Those booties are adorable! I like the pattern across the top, and the buttons are a nice idea. We don’t wear shoes in the house, and something similar to that would be good around here.

    I’ve never learned to knit or crochet. Have you ever noticed those plastic looms in the craft shops? I use the longest one to make shawls, which we give to people who are in need of a “hug” – sick or bereaved, or for a new baby or a bride. There’s also a set that has round looms, and I use those to make baby caps, which we send to local hospitals, and I make longer tubes with a thumb hole near one end; we give those to dialysis patients to keep their arms warm during treatment.

    The round loom is small enough that I can drop in into my purse and use it while I’m at work or waiting in a doctor’s office. (I man the switchboard, so I have a lot of blank time, and I can’t just sit there and stare at the wall!)

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    1. Believe it or not, I’ve never seen a plastic loom like the ones you mention. I’m so glad I can crochet – a crochet hook is so compact and convenient to carry in a handbag, compared to knitting needles. But I love the stretchiness of knitted items.


      1. This is a video on how to use a round loom. It is simple enough that your girls should by able to do it. They come in various sizes, but the one this lady is using makes nice baby caps and dialysis sleeves. It is also small enough that I can use it when I’m on the switchboard. I can make a cap in two hours, but when I’m working that two hours can mean most of the day!

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      2. How neat! I’ve never seen one of those! It’s a pity she doesn’t show how she pulls the final product off the loom. Does she close the top with a crochet hook?

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  2. Anna, if you are making a dialysis sleeve, then yes, you would go round the top with a crochet hook. If I’m making a cap, I cut the yarn off, leaving a loong tail, and use a darning needle to lift the yarn off each peg and pull it tight. Make a couple of stitches to secure the yarn, and snip the thread off close.


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