Lindsay and I met several years ago online through a mutual friend, while she was living in Brooklyn and I was living in Chicago. I immediately was drawn to her eco style, her interest in children’s fashion and her love of Montessori (she is a Montessori teacher)! We would chat back and forth and at one point, she mentioned she was from Cincinnati, where we lived for 10 years prior to our move to Chicago. A small world indeed, as we both moved back to Cincinnati at different times in the last few years. So here we are, able to grab coffee in person and live 10 minutes from each other! Lindsay is expecting her first baby girl in the next few weeks. I decided to knit up a pair of gray wool booties as we also share a mutual love of the color gray and handmade. After knitting them, I used a beautiful embroidery yarn by brown paper packages in the colors curry and candlelight from Purl Soho and made up a little design. I stitched up a dot bag as a reusable gift bag and painted a card in watercolor that simply said “BABY”. The card was a pretty little piece of art just by itself.  If you follow along in my journal here at Rajovilla, you may know by now I really enjoy handmade gift giving!


If you live in Cincinnati or plan to visit, check out the City Flea, that Lindsay co-founded with her husband. On Instagram, check out her architect/photographer husband’s amazing iphone images, this one blew me away. I love that those images are from this Midwest city I call home. And lastly, read alongside her journey into motherhood on her blog, littleonelove.


  • January 21, 2013 at 10:22 am // Reply


    These booties are beautiful! Any chance you can point me in the direction of the pattern you used? My best friend is expecting a baby in march and these would be perfect!

    • January 21, 2013 at 11:16 am // Reply

      Anissa- just sent you a message! Ravelry.com has tons of knit patterns.

  • January 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm // Reply

    love these little booties you made for lindsay. that baby is sure to have great style! i’m also wondering if you can point me toward this pattern. i’ve used ravelry a ton but searching booties returns a long list. i would love a new pattern to make for my baby due in a few weeks.


    • January 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm // Reply

      Hi Megan- The booties I knit were adapted from a few patterns and my own design. The “oh baby baby booties” on Ravelry is similar and also a pattern in the book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger, called Pom Pom Booties. Hope that helps!

  • February 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm // Reply

    So so precious!

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