I recently attended a baby shower for someone who was expecting a little girl...I've been so busy lately that I completely forgot about posting the gift that I made. I had seen this wonderful idea (and free pattern!) more than a year ago, and promised myself that I would knit up a pair of glittering red booties for a special baby girl some day. That day finally came.
I was not able to purchase the Lion Brand Glitterspun yarn called for in the pattern; I used Paton's Brilliant instead, and modified the pattern for the lighter weight of the yarn, using size 3 needles instead of size 7 and adjusting the gauge. Instead of using buttons, I attached red satin ribbon to the booties and tied them in bows to hold the t-straps in place. Although I made a couple of minor changes, the booties were still a quick knit, so I found myself with some spare time to work on the presentation of the booties.
I wanted the recipient to be able to display the booties after her daughter outgrows them, so I decided to decorate the box accordingly. I found the picture for the background online; someone had adjusted a photograph so that the road became golden-colored. I used Photoshop to adjust the hues and contrast a little more, and also edited out some poles along the side of the road. I cropped the image so that it would cover the bottom of my box, and then started working on a card.
The card is pretty much covered up in most of the photographs, so I've uploaded the file I created. After printing this image, I signed my name in red and glued the card into the box. Speaking of the box, there couldn't have been a more perfect box for my vision of the booties display. The box is covered with gold-toned ribbon, and has a see-through window in front...I squealed out loud when I found it in my stash of gift boxes.
Tada! A Wizard of Oz display for the Ruby Red Booties. If it wasn't for the fact that I wasn't pregnant, and won't be for at least a few more years, I would most definitely have been unable to overcome the temptation to stash away these booties for the daughter that I might have someday. But I was able to find it in myself to part with the booties and bring them to the baby shower. Upon unwrapping my gift and seeing the booties, the look on the mom-to-be's face made my "sacrifice" worth it, many times over.