Finished Object: Modifications of Baby Magic Slippers for a One Year Old and the Awesomeness of I-Cords.

Pattern: Magic Baby Slippers
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock Yarn

Isn't my little niece adorable? Finally I have finished some slippers that fit her. And after three pairs I am pretty done with this pattern. I made the newborn size for my cousin's baby, 6 month old size for my niece but she was already 9 months old, and now these.

Here are the modifications I made to the pattern to fit a 1 year old:

My final touch, which I love how it looks, was knitting a 3 stitch i-cord. I recently watched one of Elizabeth Zimmermann's knitting videos in which she says the "i" in i-cord stands for idiot. I never knew that. Nor understand why it is called an idiot cord? It is pretty simple to execute but not so simple that I would say you are an idiot if you can't? Makes me really wonder where that name came from.

After typing that sentence I googled idiot cord (what did we ever do before google/internet?!?) and found this on the The Purl Bee:

"Elizabeth Zimmermann named it the Idiot Cord in honor of her accidental discovery of the simple technique. The I-cord is a perfect example of her attitude toward knitting: let it be fun, free of needless complications, and full of discovery."

So there you go. The Idiot Cord. But I still prefer the abbreviated name, i-cord, since I don't want to encourage my kids to run around calling everyone an idiot. The Purl Bee has a great tutorial for attaching an i-cord.  

I love how the i-cord makes garments and accessories look complete. It is a great finisher for the edges. It looks good in the same color as the knitted project or in a contrasting color. I fussy cut this cream yarn from a left over self-striping sock yarn. I was so excited when I thought of doing this because I really didn't want to go buy a skein of cream sock yarn for a few yards to make the i-cord. And I really wanted cream colored. The whole project makes me want to go attach i-cords to everything. :)

Joining with Andrea, Tami, and Linda. Have a great weekend!

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