Zoe wrote to Santa and asked for some handmade booties and mittens... somehow the letter got lost and ended up here with me in Jakarta.
OK, no she didn't. But her dad did email me, asking for those items on her behalf. The Real Martha (Zoe's "GrandMartha" and thrice-a-week babysitter) then specified further, insisting that the mittens have some device to ensure that they stay on her little hands and that the booties have something similar to secure them to the baby's "cankles." Yes, The Real Martha called the baby's chubby ankles "cankles." She's not the only one who's had this thought about baby ankles, apparently.
In any case, I found some simple instructions for tiny baby booties and thumbless baby mittens, both with tie closures. I whipped them up pretty quickly using Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn. The stitch counting was a little wonky on the booties, so I had to figure out where the center of the toe was and devise my own counting/stitch marking method. In the end it worked out fine! I just hope they fit Zoe's cankles.
Baby Z, expect these booties and mitten soon, but probably not before Christmas, based on my understanding of the Indonesian postal system.