This was quite a departure from toques and gauntlets for me and I even learned a few new knitting techniques (which, I admit, kinda blew my mind). I used the magic cast-on (see youtube video link at end) using 2 sets of circular needles and the half brioche stitch for the ribbing-like part, which I like better than a regular rib - it is nice and chunky!
The booties are for Joe's nephew who is only 8 months old, so he may need to grow into them - but hopefully they will fit for fall. I still need to make the other bootie but I think it should go pretty fast - baby items are so satisfying because they don't take forever!
So maybe I got a little carried away taking pictures (incorporating several different photo-shoot locations):
Now just imagine how cute the pair will look! I may need to write a followup post when I'm done with the second one :)
If I were to do it again, I would have made the instep charcoal to match the cuff!
AND....in case you want to learn the magic cast-on from a crazy lady:
(beware: it is 10 minutes long and i don't think the woman is "all there" per se)