FO: Flouncy Dress and Matching Socks

An old friend from school ordered a dress and matching socks from me last November and I used this DROPS pattern for both.

I’ve knitted this pattern once before for a friend in Australia, but this time I used DROPS Alpaca as it was meant for someone in our colder climates. I love the pattern, especially the skirt. You start with an insane amount of stitches, in the region of 400+, with this thin yarn it’s a mission. But then it turns into this amazing skirt, knitting it made me really happy.

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My friend picked the colours and I think they’re unusual, but really, really nice for a girl.

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The orange top called for double moss stitch, which finishes the dress off really nicely.

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And then the little socks I knitted in the orange.

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I have to say I didn’t love this pattern, I just don’t think it looks very pretty. Maybe that’s because I am not entirely happy with how my knit stitches look against the purl…but I think I am just being harsh on myself.

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FO Friday: Two Sets of Wrist Warmers

Early this year I made two sets of wrist warmers for a good German friend of mine. I used this pattern for the first set.

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I LOVE this pattern, the intricateness and laciness of it. It was a pleasure to knit it and I think it looks even better finished.

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My friend picked the colour and I love it, I would actually like a pair for myself in this colour.

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While the pattern is easy to knit it was a little time consuming, maybe because back when I was knitting them I hadn’t knitted in the round for a little while.

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My friend loved them, especially the colour and how pretty the lace turned out.

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The second pair of wrist warmers I knitted for my friend was this pattern.

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I used DROPS Alpaca for this pair and I simply love the colour.

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These were a little more delicate and very, very soft. I am not a huge fan of the lace of this pattern, but overall the pattern works really well I think.

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But I do love the edges, they just add a little extra prettiness.

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FO: TBT: Baby Luke in one of his Cardigans

I am still working my way through the FOs from the last few years and found the perfect one for throwback Thursday, my boy Luke when he was a baby in one of my knits.

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I have to admit that I don’t actually remember the pattern, and I knitted it when I had just picked up my knitting mojo again in a few years. So it’s not the nicest cardigan I’ve ever knitted :-).

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But I do like the colours I’ve chosen. The colours I picked after we were told we were having a girl, but then it changed to a boy…so I wanted to stick to gender neutral colours.

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And I did find two shots of my little man wearing the cardigan…and almost entirely my handknits.

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I can’t wait to put another baby in these things, only until March to wait :-).

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FO’s: 9 Boleros

Earlier this year, in June, Milliemanu ordered some boleros from me.

I used this Sirdar pattern as a basis, but then made some pretty major amends to it. I have to say, I know why I like the DROPS patterns, they are just so well written, this one wasn’t at all.

DROPS like to make their patterns easy and without too much seaming, but this was the opposite. However, changing it to how I liked it, made it much more enjoyable.

I used double strands of DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk,. which made it a gorgeously soft and scrumptious finished object. So, here are pictures of the nine boleros.

Bolero One

Bolero Two

Bolero Three

Bolero Four

Bolero Five

Bolero Six

Bolero Seven

Bolero Eight

Bolero Nine

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FO: Kid Gloves

Milliemanu ordered some kid gloves in pink last year, which I managed to knit in November in a couple of days.

They’re a nice and easy glove pattern, I had only knit adult gloves before, and mainly mittens for kids. This meant that each of the fingers were a bit of a challenge, but in the end they worked out well.

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There’s not really that much more to say about them.

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They were made to match one of the hats I posted about last week.

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FO: Beanies Galore

Last years orders from milliemanu also included some beanies. I knitted 12 of them, 7 pink ones and 5 blue ones. This was a nice and quick knit with DROPS Karisma, and without further ado I’m just going to post the pictures.

Hat One

Hat Two

Hat Three

Hat Four

Hat Five

Hat Six

Hat Seven

Hat Eight

Hat Nine

Hat Ten

Hat Eleven

Hat Twelve

And here’s a few pictures of the pile of beanies.


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FO: Toddler Cardigan

Here’s  cardigan I knitted back in June last year as a sample for the owner and founder of milliemanu. She’s the one I’ve been knitting all the vests (and more) and lots of boleros for, I’ll be posting about them all in the next few days.

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It’s this DROPS pattern, which I have knitted before a few times. Although this is the first time I added the little velvet trim. It’s just a plain garter stitch, but the little details like the crochet border and some nice buttons do add a little nice touch.

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I do love the colour, and I am amazed that almost every time I’ve knitted this cardigan the request has been for this colour.

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And this cardigan was for milliemanu’s daughter, which I am sure she was pleased with.

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FO: Baby Booties

You know I love this pattern, so it’s my go-to when I find out any of my friends or acquaintances are having a baby.

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My friend who received these is keeping the gender of the baby as a surprise, so I picked some neutral colours.

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I like how the colours match, it’s a sweet combination.

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My friend received them and loves them, in fact she just told me that she and her husband used them in a photo shoot yesterday, maybe I’ll get a picture of that later :-).

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And of course I sent them in a little box that I made, making them an extra special gift, don’t you think?

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