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FO: Xmas Baubles

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, we’ve already opened our presents like the half-German family we are. The boys are in bed and I thought I’d share a little project with you that I did for the Greenwich Steiner School Winter Fair. I made six of them and they were all sold within the first hour!

I used a lovely DROPS Design Extra pattern that was released especially for Christmas.

I knitted them in the round, like a sock, and then added a polysterene ball in the middle once I’d decreased again and had a big enough hole left to insert them.

I then crochet the string with the leftover yarn I had from knitting and sewed up at the top and the bottom quite a few times to really tighten up the cables into the beautiful looking star that you can see.

The yarn I used was leftovers of DROPS Muskat in various colours.

I am really pleased that these sold so quickly at the Winter Fair and I wish I’d had the time to make some more.

Here you can see them all together, don’t they look great? I should make some for our tree in the future!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Let it Snow baubles by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in white, bordeaux, red, light olive, light mint and apple green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 25th-30th November 2015.

 

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FO: Flower Cardigan

My niece had her first day of school back in August, which came round so fast. I remember the day my brother told me that he and his then girlfriend were expecting my niece about 7 years ago. It is the day that I started knitting again properly and it is since then that I’ve learned loads of new skills. So also this new pattern.

It’s an amazing pattern, which is made even more special by the detail on the back of this gorgeous flower.

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It’s the first time that I’ve knitted like this, from the centre of the flower at the back. Initially the construction sounded quite difficult, but it was actually surprisingly easy to knit, particularly as it provides such a fabulous result.

I also used a new to me DROPS yarn, DROPS Belle, which is a Cotton, Viscose and Linen combination that’s actually amazingly soft and lovely to knit with.

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My sister-in-law picked the colour and while we had some trouble finding the right buttons for a while, we finally managed to find these lovely red flower buttons at TextileGarden which match this cardigan perfectly.

CG 93Another first for me also was this I-cord bind-off, which was such a lovely little detail to add here.

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I put the cardigan into this little box for my niece, who absolutely loved it. It matched her first-day-of-school-dress perfectly, but it was a really hot day in August, so she didn’t really wear it for long. Also, I am unable to show you pictures as per request from my brother and his wife.

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STATS
Pattern:
Flower Cardigan by Ewelina Murach.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in cherry.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 13th June – 17th July 2015.

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FO: Two Pairs of Fingerless Mittens

A fellow childminder and a good friend ordered two pairs of fingerless mittens from me last year, one pair in the Spring and the other in the Autumn.

The first pair I knitted back in May 2014, using this DROPS Design pattern. I have knitted them before and posted about here.

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The pattern called for DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk, which make the mittens scrumptiously soft.

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My friend has started a ‘Forest School’ nursery in the woods with a friend close to us and so these are probably a great accessory to have.

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I knitted these up in a couple of days, and even though the pattern on them looks quite intricate it is actually really easy. In fact, I’ve just recently knitted two projects with exactly this pattern and I love it!

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It’s funny actually, I’ve knitted other people fingerless mittens, but have never actually knitted myself a pair.

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I modelled them myself in Spring of 2014 🙂

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The second pair is also a DROPS Design pattern, but it’s actually a pair of wrist warmers.

I had also knit these wrist warmers before for a friend and when I posted about them on my blog, my friend liked them so much she ordered a pair, but as wrist warmers.

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This is also a great pattern, that took a little longer to knit up as it calls for 3mm size needles.

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My friend picked the same colour as the previous ones I knitted, and it’s a lovely colour.

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This is another pair of fingerless mittens that I really should knit for myself too!

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STATS

FINGERLESS MITTENS
Pattern:
Fingerless Mittens by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca in pearl grey and DROPS Kid-Silk in heather.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 29th-31st May 2014.

FINGERLESS MITTENS
Pattern:
Fingerless Mittens by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 9th-13th December 2014.

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FO: Max’ Pixie Hat

Four days after Max was born, when I realised that none of Luke’s old hats were going to fit his head I knit him this cute little thing.

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It’s the Little Heaume pattern from Solenn Couix-Loarer  available on Ravelry.

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I used some leftover DROPS Merino Extra Fine, which worked really well with the pattern. It took a bit longer than it would normally take me to knit up, but then I did have a newborn to look after too!

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I loved it to so much I’m really considering knitting it up again, but I’ve since tried out some other patterns which are equally cute…so we’ll see. And without further ado, here are some pictures of Max wearing his pixie hat.

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STATS

Pattern: Little Heaume pattern from Solenn Couix-Loarer.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in denim.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-26th March 2015.

 

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Xmas Biscuit Recipe: Jam Heart Sandwiches (Marmeladen Herzen)

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Makes about 30

Ingredients
125g flour
125g ground almonds
125g cold unsalted butter
1 packet of vanilla sugar (check German or Turkish shops, or Lidl)
60g sugar
1 pinch of salt
2 egg yolks

Any red jam for in between the sandwich
Icing sugar for rolling out and for the top.

Jam Sandwich 1

Mix up all ingredients with a mixer at first and then knead thoroughly. Wrap the dough in cling film and put in the fridge for two hours.

Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C Fan, Gas 3.

Roll out using the icing sugar, about 3mm thickness. Cut out using your preferred cookie cutter and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 8-15 mins.

Warm up the jam and brush on one side of one biscuit and place another one on top. Cover with icing sugar and let them dry.

ENJOY!!!

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Xmas Biscuit Recipe: Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne)

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Makes about 50

Ingredients
3 egg whites
250g icing sugar
1 packet of vanilla sugar (check German or Turkish shops, or Lidl)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 pinch of cardamom
350g-400g ground almonds

Icing sugar for rolling out

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Method
Whisk egg whites until stiff. Sift in icing sugar slowly, whisking in between. This creates a meringue consistency. Put aside 3 table spoons of this mixture. Add the vanilla sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and enough of the ground almonds so that the dough isn’t too sticky.

Roll into a ball and leave in the fridge for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 130C/100C Fan/Gas 1.

Roll out the dough using the icing sugar to ensure it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin or surface. Use star shape cookie cutters to cut out stars, dunk in icing sugar to make sure the dough doesn’t stick. Put on baking paper lined baking trays. Use a brush to put the meringue mixture on the stars (make sure you use it sparingly and have enough for all stars).

Bake for 15 minutes. Then turn the temperature down to 100C/80C Fan, Gas 1, and bake for a further 15 minutes – the dough should keep its light colour.

ENJOY!!!

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FO: Cardigan, Beanie and Booties

A good friend of mine, who has a son the same age as Luke, also had her second boy earlier this year. She and I used to hang out a lot when Luke and her son were little, back when we lived in North London. I knew I wanted to knit for her, I just had to find the right patterns.

KA 17 I knitted a few things for her little boy, first off this gorgeous little cardigan. I’ve knitted this before in a few different sizes. This DROPS Design pattern I knitted in a size 1/3 months.

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I had some yarn leftover from when I knitted boleros a year ago. And it’s such a gorgeous yarn, DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk.

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It’s amazing how soft it is and when I was knitting it my fingers felt lovely and soft too. Because it calls for 2.5mm needles it does take a little bit longer to knit up, but that’s why it’s nice to knit this in the smallest size.

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I had these buttons in my stash, originally ordered from Textile Garden and they add a nice little touch to the brown cardigan.

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I love the cable detailing, especially how the cables that run along the buttonbands are repeated in the yoke.

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The photos don’t really do the colours justice. It is actually a lovely warm brown.

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I also knitted a matching beanie (part of the same pattern) and my booties for my friend’s darling boy.

Here’s a shot of all three items together before I sent them off.

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And one gorgeous sleeping baby boy wearing his cardigan and beanie.

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STATS

CARDIGAN
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-7th February 2015.

BEANIE
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.

BOOTIES
Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark brown.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.