Monday, March 03, 2008

It's Aboot Time

Hi Knitters,
Don't you just want to sink your cold feet into these topped off boots? I do and I can now that I made Kristin Nicholas' Boot Toppers for myself.
These boot toppers are ingenious. Why didn't I think of that? They even make my old beat-up boots look kind of cute. What a quick and easy project that is especially great for a beginner fair isle starter. The pattern is found in Kristin Knits which you can order directly from her blog.
After seeing Kristin's samples in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to show like she did how a bit of simple duplicate stitch can change the look of your project dramatically. The teal ring of stitches around the diamonds literally took minutes to add and the drama factor goes way up. Love that embroidery!
I knitted these on US size 7 dpns and I used Kristin's own yarn, Julia. I adore this yarn, it is rich and lush. I used different colors than in the book samples. The cool thing is that with the color range that Julia offers you can basically combine any shades and come up with a beautiful project. It is made easy for you.
The ribbed section slips right into your boot and then you fold the fair isle section over the top. My daughter wants a pair for her Ugg boots. The Uggs have a much larger opening at the top. I will go up to a US size 9 when I make some for her.
Happy feet!
best, susie


Anonymous said...

I love them! I just bought some wild colors to make her Be Happy, Be Colorful socks. If I wasn't halfway through a sweater and a different pair of socks I'd have cast on this weekend!

Denise said...

They look awesome :-) Seeing as it was in the 70's here yesterday, I doubt I'll be needing any of these, but it's lovely to see yours. And I love the stitching around the diamonds.

kristin said...

ohhhh...these are REALLY great!

i do love how she embellishes on the knitted piece like that.

i also love the piece your boots are on...a glass table? a collage of some sort anyway...beautiful

peaknits said...

Happy feet indeed! They make me feel like doing a jig!:) Cute!

Kristin Nicholas said...

Oh, those are so pretty - love the combination of colors. Thanks for knitting them and posting about them. Your output of projects continutes to astound me! XO

Knitterella said...

Those are so cute! What a smart concept. Thanks for the link. You must show us how the toppers for your daughters Ugg boots turn out!

Sarah said...

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Must add that to the "q"

Stay warm!

Struggling Parents said...

Very warm looking !!! I think I'll try and make them crocheting, I should learn how to knit but I love to crochet...have you checked out my afghans I'm crocheting?

Hope you have a great day !!!

Tracy Batchelder said...

What a great way to add a knitter's touch to a pair of boots. I love them. The duplicate stitch really punched up the design.

kathy b said...

thanks for the overstitchingencouragement.

i may have to make a pair of those darling things

No shaping required!

Oiyi said...

OMG, these are awesome!

Knitlee said...

These are beautiful.