FO: itteh bitteh bootehs

Wow, you all sure like your free yarn, huh? Well, you've still got a few days to leave a comment on my previous post for a chance to win a yarn grab bag. I'll announce winners on the 2nd, but then I'm going away for the weekend (one last long weekend before The Madness begins in my office), so grab bags will ship out the following week.

Good news: I found the missing bootie. It snuck into a pile of yarn in my WIP basket and hid there, but I dug it out and completed the Moc-a-Soc botties this weekend:

Pattern: Baby Moc-a-Soc by Bekah Knits
Yarn: Leftover Bugga and Shivaya Naturals Fingering
Mods: Zip
Ravelry link

Easy as pie, assuming you don't lose a bootie, and a great way to use up some leftover sock yarn. Picking up and knitting the fake sock cuffs was a bit tedious and fiddly, so if you're looking for a really quick project, you could skip that part altogether, the booties are pretty cute on their own.

I'm also working on a pair of Boyfriend Socks, which feature short row heels. These are my first short row heels, in fact, and I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out:

After searching bunches of videos online about the best way to pick up wraps, I've finally settled on preferred methods for both the knit and purl sides. I was even thinking about making a little instructional video for you guys, but I haven't quite worked out how to manage that, since the webcam on my laptop is built in to the top of the screen. I would have to hold the laptop in my lap facing away from me, wrap my arms around the screen and then try to knit holding my arms awkwardly in front of the camera . . . tricky. I don't know how people make those videos. Maybe that's why they always seem a bit shaky and out of focus.

At any rate, this wobbly video helped me decipher the mystery of picking up wraps on the purl side. As for the knit side, I sadly cannot find the life-altering video that cleared that mystery up for me, I'll have to keep looking. I always found picking up the wrap from below and popping it onto the needle wound up looking sloppy; with this "new" method, you slip the wrapped stitch to your right needle, slide the left needle under the wrap from the back, and then slide the stitch back and knit them together. That's probably clear as mud, but when I find the video, it will totally make sense. It seems to keep the stitches neater, at least in my opinion. 

And in other news, what the hell, Malabrigo?

This is a lovely skein of rich brown, why are there several yards of inexplicably pale pink yarn in the middle, mucking it up? Thankfully this is the back of the heel, otherwise I would be quite unhappy.