FO: Bunch of Roses

Yes that title is correct, I knitted up a bunch of roses! And since it was Valentines Day yesterday (and I didn’t manage to post yesterday) I thought why not post about them today. A good friend asked me to knit some for his wife and how could I refuse, it’s such a pleasure to knit something so sweet!

Be warned this is a picture heavy post, but it’s worth it I promise!

So, I made three dark red roses.

And I made three lighter red roses.

So six roses in total. I added some stems and threaded some gardening wire through them so that they would stand up.

Then I made three light pink rosebuds.

I made three dark pink rosebuds.

I knitted up leaves for all these roses too.

I put them all together.

I added the leaves and created a beautiful bouquet of roses, even if I say so myself.

STATS
Pattern: Roses from this book: 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in bordeaux and red, pink and heather and apple green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 17th-24th July 2016.

 

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FO: My Boy in a Sweet Romper

When Max was born I knew there were a few things I wanted to knit for him. One was the Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen who is behind Ministrikk. It’s such a sweet pattern.

I used some DROPS Baby Merino that I had left in my stash, luckily I had enough to finish the little suit. Because I wanted to knit up stripes I had to improvise a little bit for the pockets and for top just before getting to the straps.

But I think it adds to the finished piece. I doubled the straps as I wanted to make sure that they would hold and be strong.

Since Max was only four months old when I was knitting this, it took me a little longer than it usually would, but I am very pleased with the end result.

And doesn’t Max look gorgeous in it?

STATS
Pattern: The Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, navy blue and light sky blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm

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FO: Pixie Hat

Here’s a hat from 2016. I’ve made this a few times before, including one for Luke.

It’s the Collared Pixie pattern by Trude and is available on Ravelry for free. I made this for a friend who was gifting it on.

There’s not too much to say about this, it’s a fast and enjoyable knit. Luke was kind enough to model the hat for me before we passed it on.

STATS
Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in green and turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm

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Luke: started school this week and he loves it!

In Germany, on their first day of school children receive a cardboard cone (Schultuete), prettily decorated and filled with toys, sweets, school supplies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter.

(Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)

Max: always in motion. (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-1600).

I wanted to share this sweet picture of my two boys. Surprisingly Max is loving having time with Mama for most of the day and he has fallen into a rhythm with his nap again, giving me the chance to catch-up on blogging, emails, work, knitting, etc.

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Luke: this boy has had a hard time of late, he is definitely ready to be at school, learning and making friends! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-125).

Max: ‘train…train…train’…he loves anything that moves. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-1600).

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FO: Dancing Squirrels Cardigan

A good friend in England ordered a couple of cardigans from me in 2015. The first one is this sweet number:

I love this sweet little cardigan, which I knit for her daughter in a size 3 years. My friend picked the colours and I love how the pink squirrels and the navy blue hearts came out. Such a sweet detail on the yoke of this knit.

It’s funny, colour work/intarsia always seemed such a hard thing to do when knitting. In fact, once you get the hang of it it’s really easy! I just haven’t found a solution yet when using four colours at once (a problem I am encountering with a current WIP).

I managed to find matching pink buttons at TextileGarden, which work really well and finish the cardigan off nicely. The pattern of course is from the team at DROPS Design.

And my friend loved it for her little girl. The neckline was a little big, which I also thought when I was knitting it, but because of the colour work it could be tricky to change it. If I were to knit this again I would add a couple of rows in single colours between the colour work to decrease some stitches.

STATS
Pattern: Baby Squirrel by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue, light sky blue, old pink and off white.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 1st-15th May 2015.

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FO: Hat

A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.

It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.

It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.

It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!

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Pattern: Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.

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FO: Leonora Jumper

In 2012 my lovely husband gave me a subscription to The Knitter for my birthday. I loved it. But I soon realised that to be able to knit everything I wanted to knit out of the few issues I got I would have to knit every day and night, and only knit! So I stopped the subscription. And last year I finally knit one of the patterns, for my mum.

It’s the Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, from The Knitter Issue 44, which was published in April 2012.

It’s a seamed jumper that’s knit from the bottom up, with the sleeves knitted separately and sewed in. In total there are four pieces.

It’s a great pattern, the only thing I don’t like about it are the bottoms of the sleeves. For the lace panel it calls for a few more stitches initially and then they are decreased in one row. It makes the sleeve bulge a little bit, and I don’t think it adds to the pattern.

I do like that the lace panel is repeated on the front and back pieces as well as the sleeves. I like a bit of continuity like that!

My mum loved the pattern and she wanted it in the exact yarn and the exact colour as it was photographed for The Knitter. And I am really pleased she did.

It calls for Rowan Purelife Revive, which is a recycled yarn from Rowan. It’s a combination of 36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton and 28% recycled viscose (rayon). And it’s a beautiful yarn!

At first I wasn’t sure about it, as it felt a little rough while knitting it. But once I got used to the feel of it I loved it more and more. It’s amazing that it’s all recycled, makes me feel good about this project.

My mum loves it too, she loves the colour and she loves the feel of it when she wears it.

STATS
Pattern: Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, published in The Knitter, April 2012
Yarn: Rowan Purelife Revive in loam.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 27th March – 6th April 2016.

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