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!

STATS
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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My 12 Months Knitting Plan

I don’t think it’s a secret, but I LOVE to knit. It keeps me sane, it makes me happy and I always feel productive. Friends and family place orders with me, I knit a lot of gifts for the newborns of friends, ex-colleagues and also for family members. I generally don’t have a plan, but when I receive orders I add them to my queue and when I find out about people expecting babies I add that to the queue too. That’s about it!

But inspired by Julie at Knitted Bliss, who last year completed mini stockings for the run-up to Christmas, I decided to make 2017 the year that I PLAN some knitting.

I would like to complete a pair of socks every month and two Christmas tree ornaments. I am not sure if I am being too ambitious, but I think it’s doable!

Here are the socks I have queued on Ravelry. The ornaments I will pick as and when I come to making them.

Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa

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Roger Sock by Anne Hanson

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Tennarisukka by Taila Anttila

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Cable and Lace Socks by Allison Sarnoff

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Bertie Wooster’s Faux Pas by Becky Greene

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I Heart Harvest Socks by Shelley Stone

Barrel Riders Sock by Corinne Walcher

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Pomeranssi Socks by Marianne Heikkinen

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Sock it to Me! by Patons

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Lily of the Valley socks by Titta Järvensivu

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Longing for Gotland by Pia Kammeborn

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Luna Socks by Josephine & the seeds

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All images from Ravelry.

My only dilemma now is which ones should I start with?

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FO: Baby Booties

Another pair of booties I knitted back in 2015.

These were knitted for a friend that used to lead the Forest School session that I attended with Luke. She had a baby boy in 2015.

I used some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn from my stash. I chose cotton as he was a Summer baby.

These booties only take me about 2 hours to knit up, so they are a great item to gift when I need to make something quickly!

And of course I also made the box that they are gifted in.

STATS
Pattern: Baby booties, my own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 8th August 2015.

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FO: Trouser and Vest Combination

Last year a friend who’s son I used to look after had another baby boy. I knit up this trouser and vest combination, using cotton yarn.

I was able to use some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn that I had in my stash, and I love the colours I was able to put together.

It’s a great pattern from the DROPS Design team, which I have been eyeing up for a while, but this is the first time I’ve made it.

The pattern, like a lot of the DROPS Design patterns, is knitted in the round. But this one is knitted from the waist down. This can be very useful when wanting to adjust length, but in this case I stuck to the 6-9 months sizing.

The ribbing at the top continues down the outside of each leg and finishes in the cuffs at the bottom. This makes these trousers quite stretchy.

The second item I made for my friend was a little vest/waistcoat to match.

This is another DROPS Design pattern that I’ve had on my radar for a while, but yet again this is the first time I have knitted it.

It’s a great and very simple vest, but I love the sweet little details of the picot edging, which I love on a baby boy as much as on a baby girl.

I picked these blues and stripes as they look adorable on little babies.

And here are both garments together. I was very pleased with them and my friend loved them too for her little man.

STATS
Trousers
Pattern:
 Baby trousers by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in blue, apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 4.5mm
Knitting time: 25th-28th April 2016.

Vest
Pattern:
 Honey Suckle by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in navy blue and light blue purple.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-25th April 2016.

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Luke: this boy has been waiting for the home ice cream delivery man for weeks now, he was rewarded yesterday! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO-100).

Max: another ice cream photo, because he’s just too darn cute! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO-100).

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Happy New Year! I know I am a little late and I had lots of intentions to write here sooner, but somehow it never happened. So, here’s my first post for 2017, pictures of my boys.

Luke: Busy gardening…or at least attempting it! (Canon EOS 550D, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO-100).

Max: dummy in hand…took him a while, but this boy now loves ice cream! (Canon EOS 550D, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO-100).

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I may have counted my weeks wrong this year, so I am one week ahead with my pictures. Bonus pictures will be posted next Sunday…and then I have to think about whether to do it again next year. It’s a lovely record of my boys, particularly in the year that we moved…

Luke: Cool dude, new sunnies and a watch for Xmas! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-3200).

Max: such excitement! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-200).

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

Luke: This boy has been counting down to Christmas since September… (Canon EOS 550D, f/5, 1/50 sec, ISO-3200).

Max: his hair is long enough for a little pony tail, doesn’t he look cute? And what about his little romper? (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/500 sec, ISO-1600).

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