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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo (Adorable Baby Alert)

Yes, yes, I know, it’s getting a bit boring with the hat and bootie combinations I’ve been knitting for friends. But in truth, they are just too easy to knit and gift when I find out that someone is expecting. So, here’s another combo I did for an ex-colleague of mine who recently had her second little girl.

I followed the pattern to Saartjes Bootees, but with  my amendments to the straps and I added a little flower to the front. As I knew my friend was having a girl I was able to customise the booties.

I also customised the hat and just cast on for the DROPS hat that I make regularly, but then amended it by adding a pattern to it and adding a flower at the end.

I am really pleased with this and I think the ‘holes’ make it a little more girly (not sure whether to call them holes, but that’s what they are at the end of the day).

LC 9And it all matches quite well and looks very girly and cute. My friend has already been able to use the hat and it just looks too adorable for words on her gorgeous little girl, don’t you think?

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FO: Gramps Cardigan for Luke

I know I promised this FO two weeks ago, and time seems to have run away again. I am just too busy in the evenings to try and find time to blog, but I will try and rectify that!

So, without further ado, here are some details on the latest cardigan for Luke. First and foremost, this is not a DROPS pattern, shocking I know. It’s the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates. I’ve had this in my queue for a while and finally decided that this would be one of the projects that would come to Australia with me, and I even got to start it on the last few days of our holiday.

I decided to use cotton rather than wool yarn as I wanted it to be a Spring/Summer cardigan for Luke, so I went with DROPS Muskat. I loved working with it and as I wasn’t sure about sizing with cotton I decided to knit the size 4T. I am glad I did, because it fits Luke perfectly. Unfortunately I think it might only fit him in the Spring and might just be too short in the Summer. So I might knit this again at a later date in another yarn.

I love the details on this cardigan, the cable on the sleeves just adds that little bit extra and it works really well to bring the whole cardigan together. However, the best thing about the pattern is the cable on the front, it’s just gorgeous!

My husband actually likes the cardigan so much that he’s asked me to knit one for him…and I thought he was joking, but as I just found out that there is a pattern for an adult version…I might be able to make it for him after all! Now, any cardigan for Luke without Luke wearing it would be boring, right? Well you’re in luck, he let me take some pictures of him wearing it…and in fact he wears it most days, so I should really be able to get some more at some point. But in the meantime, without further ado:

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WIP Wednesday

I’ve got two things on the go at the moment. They are both very quick items that I love knitting and that I’ve knitted A LOT in the last year…but to be honest I still haven’t blogged about them all…so watch this space.

The first WIPs are these booties, following the Saartjes Bootees pattern, but with my alteration. These are for a boy, hence my colour choices.

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The other WIP is a matching beanie, and it’s another much used pattern of mine.

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I wasn’t 100% convinced about the colours initially, but now I really like them. I think they’re perfect for Spring and since this baby boy is due beginning of May I think they’ll work perfectly.

WIPW 02.04.14 1I’ve also just finished something for Luke…and had to order some buttons for it from TextileGarden…there are some really pretty ones left over that make me think that I should find something for myself to knit to fit with the buttons. Have you ever done that, knitted around buttons that you had?

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And finally, just a quick preview of what I just finished for Luke.

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Linking in with Tamis Amis today for WIP Wednesdays.