FO: Adult Top

My friend Amanda had a big birthday back in December, and as a gift I gave her a voucher for a knitted item. She picked this pattern and then decided on DROPS Big Delight, the Lava colourway. But after searching high and low for the yarn the only place I could order it from was from Germany, from the online shop: Lanade.

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My friend was very keen on this colour combo, and I’m glad I was able to found it, because I love how it ended up looking.

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I love the red, black and beige colours that came out in beautiful uneven stripes while knitting.

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I actually ordered way too much yarn in the end, blame it on baby brain. I didn’t realise that each skein came in 100g rather than the usual 50g.

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So, I’ve said to my friend I can knit something else for her, and she’s asked for a top for her 4-year old daughter, which is waiting on my queue.

AD 5I loved knitting this top, the yarn and pattern called for size 5mm needles, which meant that it actually knit up really quickly.

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The pattern on the yoke came up beautifully, and it was so nice and easy.

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Overall a lovely little pattern and my friend loves wearing it, and I love a happy customer!

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FO: Birthday Jumper and Luke’s Party

We celebrated two birthdays last week. My 34th was on Tuesday and I had a lovely day with Luke and some friends going to a local farm, in glorious sunshine. Then it was Luke’s 4th birthday, I cannot believe this little munchkin is now four years old.

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Luke had a birthday party organised through a friend of mine who runs a great children’s entertainment party, Punk Me Up Buttercup at her shop All Fired Up. Luke invited some of his Kindergarten friends and some other friends and they all had a fabulous time.

For his birthday, Luke got some toys and books from me and his Papa, but I also knitted him a birthday jumper. It’s this lovely DROPS pattern.

I love, love, love this pattern. It knits up really quickly, mainly because it uses DROPS Merino Extra Fine and I also went up a needle size after checking my gauge. Luke tends to need clothes that are size 2-3 years in width, but size 4-5 in length, so I knew I needed to make it a bit longer.

And I know I am biased, but I think Luke looks gorgeous in his birthday jumper, and he’s been wearing it loads since last week.

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FOs: Lots of Hat and Bootie Combos

Here are some hat and bootie combo’s I’ve knitted in the last few years.

Booties and Bonnet for a fellow Charlton Mummy, who had a gorgeous baby girl just under a month ago

Bonnet and Booties for a fellow Steiner Mum, made in May 2013

Beanie and Booties for old school friends, made in May 2013

Beanie and Booties for an old colleague, made in August 2013

Beanie and Booties for another mum from West Hampstead, made in August 2013

Bonnet and Booties for an old colleague, made in April 2013

Beanie and Bootie combo for a classmate from primary school, made in August 2013

Beanie and Booties for my neighbours granddaughter, made in May 2014

Bonnet and Booties for a good friends daughter, made in November 2013

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Booties and Hat for a friend, made in September 2010

Bonnet and Booties ordered by a friend, made in November 2014

Beanie and Booties for a friends little man, made in April 2014

Beanie and Booties for my old English teacher’s little man, made in August 2013

Bonnet and Booties for an old school friend, made in January 2015

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Weekend Bits

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FO: Flouncy, Girly Cardigan

Back in April 2013 a friend of mine who has a gorgeous little girl ordered a cardigan from me. At her baby shower a couple of years earlier I had given her a voucher to knit something she wanted me to knit for her daughter.

She picked this gorgeous little jacket pattern, a DROPS pattern of course.

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My friend picked this gorgeous peachy colour, which is so sweet and soft, it would look gorgeous on any little girl.

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The pattern called for DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk, the most gorgeous Alpaca and Mulberry silk combination, very soft and lovely to knit with.

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For the flounce at the bottom of the cardigan I had to cast on an insane number of stitches and it was slow going at first, as I used 2.5mm needles.

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But once I got past the flounce and up to the stockinette stitch and then the double moss stitch it was pretty fast going.

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I used some little heart buttons that I had in my stash, which add another sweet detail.

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And this was well received by my friend, and her daughter put it straight on when she got it!

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FO: Granddad Waistcoat

A good friend from where we lived in North London has a son who is the same age as Luke and I knitted him a little granddad waistcoat in November 2013.

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There are very few boy patterns out there that I love as much as this one. And I have knitted a few of them, for Luke and for other people’s children.

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I love this navy blue, and I used DROPS Baby Merino for it, like the DROPS pattern called for.

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The other great thing about it is that it knits up really quickly, even though the yarn calls for a 3mm needle size.

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The buttons were in my stash, but were ordered from TextileGarden at some point.

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I love the simple stockinette stitch of the bottom of the waistcoat and then the double moss stitch at the top, it makes it look extra chic.

RM 13And of course the best part is that the only sewing up that’s needed is the shoulders and the pockets. Genius!

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FO: Toddler Birthday Dress (with appreciation photos)

Here’s one of my latest finishes for 2015. A birthday dress for my best friends gorgeous little girl Faye, who just turned one year old.

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I wanted to give Faye an extra special birthday present, so agreed with my best friend the colours and pattern for this dress.

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I have been eyeing up this pattern for a while and had it pinned on my Pinterest for ages (ever since I found out I was pregnant and wasn’t yet sure whether I was having a boy or a girl).

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My friend wanted it in cotton, so I used DROPS Muskat, and she picked the colours. I LOVE them, they’re so sunny and bright.

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This is the first time I’ve knitted something from the top down, normally I knit from the bottom up and it’s brilliant as there’s only very minimal sewing up.

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And I love the knitted picot edge that was used on the top over the ruffled sleeves and I also used it on the bottom of the skirt, and it just looks sooo cute.

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The nice thing about this dress is all the little added details, like the puffed sleeves and the collar, which was really easy to knit on, knitting straight into the stitches that were already there.

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Also, due to the simple construction the dress can actually be worn either way, with the buttons in the front or in the back. Although, I think I like it better with the buttons in the back.

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And now the highlight, gorgeous Faye wearing her dress the day it was received in the post…one happy customer!

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FOs: 19 Pairs of Booties

In an effort to speed up my posting about projects from the last few years I am going to bundle some together. So this post will focus on the number of Saartjes Bootees I have made in the last few years.

Booties ordered by a friend, made last week.

Booties gifted to a friend from school, knitted in October 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from a toddler group, knitted in November 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague from my first job, knitted in May 2014

4 pairs of booties ordered by my good friend Kersti, knitted in April and July 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted September 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted in July 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from toddler group, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a good friend in South Africa, knitted in July 2014

Booties ordered by my friend Nathan, knitted in May 2014

Booties gifted to a friend in Australia, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a fellow childminder, knitted December 2014

Booties gifted to a friend, knitted in October 2014

2 pairs of booties gifted to my husbands aunt who had twins in 2013, knitted in April 2013

Booties gifted for an old colleague, knitted in May 2014

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FO: Flowery Booties and Bonnet

In August 2013 I made some gorgeous baby booties and a bonnet for an ex-colleague of mine. She had a baby girl, and she absolutely loved the booties and bonnet.

I used Saartjes Bootees pattern and changed it around a bit, using cotton yarn and adding some flowers to them.

I used the DROPS bonnet pattern, also using cotton yarn and also added some flowers like a ranking vine.

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And now would you look at that adorable little girl, she’s just too precious in her little outfit!

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