These are the “One-Hour Baby Booties” from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation, and they’re on their way to baby Max as I type these lines.

After faffing about with different needle sizes and settling on 8mm, I probably spent about 2 and a half hours on these. Next time (and I plan to knit another 2 pairs in time for October!) I’ll be quicker … and I would certainly recommend this as a cute, quick knit for the upcoming baby in your life, or the life of somebody near you. A modicum of knitting, a cheaty bit of crochet (just chain stitch for the strap) and a small amount of sewing up … et voilĂ .

I used leftover Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in “Chianti”, which is less girly-pink than it appears in this photo, and the buttons are in reality pale yellow. I bought this wool in 2006 in order to knit a hat from the first book in the Stitch ‘n Bitch series, and I’m amazed that the 4 skeins I purchased have seen me through so many projects over the past 2 years.