These hightop sneaker-lookin' booties by yarn artist Jen Fishbach at Mahar Dry Goods are freakin' awesome, but they're just the tip of the hand-crocheted bootie iceberg over there. There are also cowboy boots, ice skates, socks-n-maryjanes, and socks-n-sandals [nerd alert!], all expertly adapted into the crocheted bootie format. And over in Mahar's flickr photostream, there is a picture of the holy bootie grail: hand crocheted Doc Marten's. [update: duh, they're for sale on the second page.]
We have a pair of beautiful crocheted booties my grandmother made for the kid, and while we will cherish them forever, it's safe to say they look nothing like these Fishbachs. Any of them. The only similarity is that they were both made from 100% acrylic yarn, which must be some kind of bootiemaker thing. I'd say I want to see those bad boys in wool, or cashmere, or alpaca or something, but those softer, stretchier yarns aren't gonna do you much good when you're trying to keep a pair of booties on the kid's feet.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to walk around saying the word "bootie" to myself a few dozen more times.
Hightop Sneaker booties are crocheted by hand to order and are available in 0-6 and 6-12 month sizes, in dark pink/brown, blue/red, and tan. They're $24. [mahardrygoods.com]
It's a photostream! It's a catalog! It's a--: Mahar Dry Goods' photos on flickr [flickr.com]