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9/52

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

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Luke: he doesn’t like breakfast a lot, but has found a new favourite: honey granola. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-400).

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Max: he’s almost walking…and has taken a few steps unaided. His favourite thing is pulling out pots and pans and putting lids on them, he loves the banging. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-640).

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FO: Icy White Poncho

In 2014 I made a birthday present for my good friend Kersti, she often orders booties that she gifts to friends from me. So I thought it was high time I knit something for her.

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She had seen this poncho when I was knitting it for another friend and really liked it. Most of Kersti’s clothes are black or white, so she was keen for a white poncho.

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I still love this pattern, even though it takes quite a while to knit up. Luckily it calls for 4mm needles, which are my favourite size needles.

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When I was knitting with the white DROPS Muskat cotton yarn I was worried that it would stain while I was still completing it. But as it is cotton it can be washed at 60 in the washing machine.

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The collar turned out really big, so I sewed it on and added an elastic band to it, to make sure it wouldn’t get wider.

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I can’t remember how many skeins of yarn I used, but I know it was a lot.

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I love how the leaf pattern looks on the front and back, and because they are the same it can be worn either way.

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And my friend loved the poncho when I gave it to her.

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This is how much she loved it. By the way, I LOVE that her hair matches the poncho.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Frozen Ivy by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in white.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 1st July – 3rd October 2014.

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FO: Fancy Socks for Myself

I have these two pairs of woolly socks that I knitted about 15 years ago (a long time basically) and they’re starting to show some wear…and I’ve just seen some holes in the heels of one pair. So it was only fitting that I knitted myself a pair over Christmas.

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I’ve had this pattern in my queue on Ravelry for ages and ordered this pink yarn for exactly these socks last year. I am so pleased that I finally managed to knit them for myself.

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The leaf pattern on the front looks intricate and delicate, but it’s actually really easy to knit and I didn’t have to look at the pattern too many times after having knit it a couple of times.

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Knitting cables instead of a purl/knit rib felt a bit funny initially as I didn’t think it would create the right effect, but it actually worked out really well. It’s nice and stretchy, but also sits well on my legs.

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The yarn is DROPS Fabel, and while I normally knit socks with a self-striping yarn, which I absolutely love, I wanted to stick to a plain colour to give the leaf pattern the chance to shine.

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And without further ado, here are some action shots of me wearing my socks. I absolutely love them. They are  a little loose, but they keep my toes and feet lovely and warm.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Autumn Glow by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Fabel in dark pink.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-27th December 2015.

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8/52

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

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Luke: this boy turned five this last week, and he was so excited about his presents and his party! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO-1250).

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Max: Loving Luke’s birthday party and joining in on the trampoline filled with balloons. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Baby Boy in Beanie

Today is Luke’s fifth birthday and we had a lovely party for him, I cannot believe I now have a five year old child…

At the end of January of this year I finished a beanie and bootie combo for the baby boy of a friend that I used to work with.

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It’s my old favourite, straightforward beanie, which I knit for a newborn up to three months old.

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I used a combination of yarn that I had left at home, turquoise, north sea and denim blue, which work out really well I think.

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I also knit a pair of booties, sticking with the same colours.

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I know I say this every time, but I really should write up this pattern as there are a few changes to the original pattern.

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I had some lovely buttons left in my stash, some that fit perfectly with the colours I had picked.

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I always wonder if people actually like these for baby boys, as they can look quite girly, but Max wore them for a little while and they looked very sweet on him. He did outgrow them very quickly though.

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And of course as always they needed one of my boxes.

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Here in all their glory are both, the booties and the beanie.

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My friend sent me a picture of his sweet, adorable boy wearing his beanie…makes me sooo broody, he’s such a handsome little guy.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 31st January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 1st February 2016.

 

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FO: Beanie on a Handsome Baby Boy

I am calling this the week of hats, although this is only the second hat I am posting about this week, it makes me think that I’ll continue to for the rest of the week.

This latest one is the cable beanie that I’ve knitted a few times already, and a friend from my CrossFit class that I attended through the Summer last year ordered this for her little boy. By the way I am hoping to get back to my class, but have been plagued by sciatica problems…I blame my heavy baby boy!

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I knitted the 9-12 months size after my friend gave me the right measurements. She liked the blue and turquoise combination, but I picked the exact combination.

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I used some DROPS Baby Merino from the stash, but also ordered some to be able to complete the beanie.

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I also knitted a pair of booties for her gorgeous boy, in a bigger than usual size, which actually worked a treat.

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I just added another 10 stitches when casting on and kept the rest of the pattern as it was, so the booties ended up a size 11 cm as per my friend’s request.

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I also picked some bigger buttons to go with the larger booties.

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I know the colour combination isn’t actually the same as the beanie, but it’s as close as I could get it.

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Here are both, the beanie and the booties together.

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My friend’s gorgeous little man has been wearing his beanie a lot, as far as I know and she sent me this gorgeous picture of him…he is such a handsome little man.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in electric blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-24th January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in denim blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 22nd-23rd January 2016.

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FO: Clover Earflap Hat

The head at Greenwich Steiner School where Luke attends Kindergarten had a baby girl back in November and the school community gathered together some gifts, so I knitted up another Clover Earflap Hat.

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This time round I actually followed the pattern properly and even though my previous version looked lovely, but this looks even sweeter.

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Because I knew it was a girl I was able to pick this sweet lilac, which I had left in my stash.

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Now that I understand the pattern, I would love to make some more of these, so I just have to find some willing recipients.

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And the crown of this hat is absolutely gorgeous, albeit hard to photograph.

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Next time though I think I would knit it in the round, eliminating the need for sewing up.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Clover Earflap Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in old pink.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 8th-9th November 2015.

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7/52

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

7 52 LukeLuke: He’s playing with the toys that Max got for his 1-year check…and loving them. (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-250).

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Max: This boy, 11 months today, and has been teething badly, but he’s still so happy. He makes everyone happy! (Nexus 5, f/2.4, 1/30 sec, ISO-328)