FO: Wrist Warmers

For Christmas last year I made my mum some wrist warmers. cg-32

My mum easily gets cold, especially where she lives now in a huge 24 bedroom villa. So these were the perfect gift for her.

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They are a very simple DROPS Design pattern, but with a very pretty finish.

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My mum loves them and she tells me that she wears them all the time. Made even more special by the fact that they are a constant reminder that I am thinking of her no matter how far away I am.

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Pattern:
 Tourmaline by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Cotton Merino in turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 2nd-3rd December 2015.

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FO: Four Pairs of Booties (Nikolaustag)

In Germany it’s Nikolaustag today. This means children clean their boots/shoes and leave them by the window or the door on the night of 5th December. The next day they wake to small gifts and goodides stuffed into their boots, which were left by Sankt Nikolaus. As I grew up with this tradition Luke and Max will continue to receive their Nikolaus gifts on the 6th of December.

So to honour that tradition, today I am posting about four pairs of booties knitted for a friend that went to Forest School with us.

She had a baby boy in 2015 and I knit up some blue baby booties for her (please excuse the terrible pictures, I am not sure what happened there). Because my friend liked the booties so much, she ordered another three pairs from me.

A purple pair.

A pink pair.

And a red pair.

They are my version of Saartjes Bootees, and I know I HAVE to write down this pattern, I really must. I have promised it to a few people, so it needs to happen soon!

STATS
Pattern:
 My own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark blue, purple, heather and red.
Needle size: 3.mm
Knitting time: May-September 2015.

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FO: Sweet Baby Dress

Last week I showed one of the Taiga Hilliard dresses I have knitted, here is another one.

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This is the Marian dress, which is yet another brilliantly written pattern from Taiga Hilliard. Taiga writes her patterns very well, they are easy to follow for American, British and any other knitters.

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My favourite part about the patterns is that there is absolutely minimal sewing at the end. for this one it was just adding crochet hoops for the buttons and sewing in ends, and then sewing on buttons, that was it! Brilliant!

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I had these sweet little buttons in my stash, they fit perfectly, matching the lacy pattern down the middle of the front and back panels of the dress. Although I don’t think they are very easy to close…oops.

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It’s so sweet how the detail of that lacy pattern fans out to create the fuller skirt.

I made this for a really old friend, who is actually the daughter of my kindergarten teacher. She was kind enough to send me some pictures of her sweet little girl wearing her dress.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Marian Dress by Taiga Hilliard.
Yarn: DROPS Cotton Viscose in light grey green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 20th-21st March 2016.

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week in 2016.

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Luke: absolutely LOVED the zoo! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-160).

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Max: all animals in the Australian area were ‘mouse’…sweet boy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Popcorn Cardigan

It’s a shame I never remember to write down notes as I am knitting, as I would then be able to publish some patterns, like for example this sweet popcorn cardigan that I made back in April for a friend’s daughter.

ke-1ke-8I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.

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I love everything about the end result, the colour, the amount of bobbles aka popcorn, which I was sure would be too much almost the entire time I was knitting it.

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I love those bobbles all lined up, they look so sweet. And that yellow is such a happy colour. Making so many bobbles does take it’s time, but it’s so worth it.

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I made this to fit a child aged 6-7, so the sleeves are a bit long, but that just means my friend’s daughter is able to wear it for longer!

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I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!

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I managed to find these buttons in my stash, which work really well with the finished cardigan, especially as I didn’t want to put something that took away from the bobbles.

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I added pockets too, because 5-7  year old kids love pockets, don’t they?

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own improvisation.
Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.

 

 

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FO: Baby Dress

An old friend who I went to school with in England had a baby girl earlier this year. And of course, I knew exactly what I wanted to knit for her.

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This is the Lizzy dress pattern by Taiga Hilliard, available on Ravelry. It is one of many dress patterns by this designer, all of which are absolutely stunning, and some of which I have already knitted.

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What I love about this pattern and all the others from Taiga is that they are all knitted top down, with minimal seaming. An absolute dream!

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The details like the lace pattern on the yoke, which is repeated at the hem make this a sweet little dress. Additionally, even when this doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can still be used as a tunic or a top.

arp-13I used some DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk that I had left in my stash, which is a combination of baby alpaca and mulberry silk, making it incredibly soft and also luxurious.

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It’s not a superfast knit as it calls for 3.5mm needles, but I found that just as I was starting to get a bit bored with the stockinette stitch I had to start on the lace section for the hem. Thus making it quite interesting.

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I was trying to get a bit artistic with my photos, and since I had some roses that were coming to the end of their life, I thought why not add them in the picture. Too much, what do you think?

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Fortuitously I had some sweet mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash that I was able to use.

My friend was a very happy recipient and this week she shared some adorable pictures of her sweet girl wearing it…this here is why I love knitting baby clothes, such a sweet sight.

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And I just love that little tongue!

STATS
Pattern:
 Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in heather.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 29th June-4th July 2016.

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week in 2016.

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Luke: reunited with his bike, he has been busy practising! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: didn’t love the water and the beach at first, but warmed to it… next time he might even go in the water properly. (Taken on my Google Nexus camera.)

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I just had to add this photo of my boys fixing, working, getting Luke’s bike ready!

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week in 2016.

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Luke: new camper van tent from IKEA, loving it! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/320 sec, ISO-1600).

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Max: oi…you there!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-3200).

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week in 2016.

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My boys: this right here is one of the reasons why I wanted to move to Australia…sunshine, warmth, my boys enjoying themselves! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5, 1/400 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Tutu Top

Back in June I made my good friend Ali this gorgeous little tutu top for her long-awaited second child, a darling girl.

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It’s a pattern I first came across on Pinterest, where my friend sawed it when I pinned it. She loved the pattern so much, and in fact wanted the exact same colours for her darling girl. The pattern itself can be bought on Ravelry.

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It is a fantastically easy pattern, with some great little details added like the i-cord bind off for the neckline and the tutu skirt, which is all knit in one.

I love that little skirt and the way it really does seem like a little tutu. I guess if it needs to be a bit longer to make it more into a dress that’s also a possibility. But my friend wanted to use it as a top with leggings for her daughter.

I had a sweet mother-of-pearl button with a heart edged onto it in my button box which finished off the little top perfectly. I love that it actually looks very clean and simple, but has these sweet little extras. And my friend’s daughter looks just adorable in it. Apparently she wanted to dance away in it.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Tutu Top by Lisa Chemery.
Yarn: DROPS Big Merino in grey and plum.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-15th June 2016.

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