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FO: Fancy Little Waistcoat

In November 2015 I friend who I had previously made a booties and beanie combo for (for her first son) had another son. So I decided to use up some of my leftover yarn and made her a little waistcoat for her second little man.
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Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve made this waistcoat a few times before. Predictably it’s a DROPS pattern.

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As I had a lot of DROPS Baby Merino left in these colours and shades I decided to try using them and made up the combinations as I went along.

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I think a plain white one would have been very boring, but I like the little accents the grey and black bring to the waistcoat.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which work very well with this combination.

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I love this little waistcoat, I am able to knit this in a couple of days, which makes it another perfect little gift to knit for someone expecting a boy. And it’s great for using up leftover yarn!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, off white, black and grey.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 27-29th November 2015.

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FO: A Dress for a Doll

Earlier this year, in January, I wanted to make a couple of dolls clothes for my good friends daughter’s birthday. She had received an American Girl Doll for her birthday and Luke wanted to give her some clothes for this doll. I remember making dolls clothes for my dolls when I as little, but never anything as elaborate as this:

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This an incredibly adorable free doll dress pattern that is fit for a princess. It was a real joy to knit, but for being only a dress for a doll it did take me longer than I anticipated.

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This is probably due to the fact that it’s knitted with 2.5mm needles and even though I used the gorgeous DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk the skirt started to get a bit tedious, with what seemed a never-ending amount of stitches on the needles.

But the detail on the skirt with that thin yarn actually looks fantastic. I did decide to make life even more difficult for myself and completed the project with a picot bind-off, like this one, but on every stitch.

And I added 7 very small buttons with corresponding crochet buttonholes, which add another lovely detail!

I also used the picot bind-off for the sleeves, and I love the little lace details down the front and back of the bodice, where I increased for the sleeves.

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A great project, which looks very sweet on my friend’s daughter’s doll, wouldn’t you say?

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STATS
Pattern:
 American Girl Doll Snow Princess dress by Elaine Phillips.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk in heather.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 12th-17th January 2016.

 

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

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Luke: back on a trampoline…so happy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-200).

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Max: it has started…he is now teases his brother as much as Luke teases him! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-3200).

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FO: Booties

So, this is me trying to get back to posting again regularly about my finished knitting (FOs). Even though I have been quiet on that front on here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been knitting like a maniac. I have so many amazing things to show you! But for today, since it is after my bedtime (which is 10pm by the way), here are some booties that I knit for an ex-colleague back in May 2015.

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Regular readers of this blog will know that this is my version of Saartjes Bootees that I have knit up several hundred times now.

cc-1They are still my favourite gift to knit up for someone that is expecting. I love them especially because they also enable me to knit up some leftover yarn from other projects. This particular pair was knit up in DROPS Muskat.

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The other thing I love about these booties is that I can knit them in 2 hours flat. The sewing up takes a little longer, but I can basically whip up 5 pairs of these in a weekend.

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And of course they fit perfectly into the little cardboard boxes I make to present them in. The perfect gift!

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in petrol and blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 16th May 2015.

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

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Luke: LOVING the ball pit at a local kids cafe/soft play centre…we love our new place. And Luke is definitely happier here!! (taken on my Google Nexus camera).

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Max: lots of new playgrounds to discover! (taken on my Google Nexus camera).

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

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Luke: loves his water melon…and sitting in a box! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: making friends! (taken on my Google Nexus camera).

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

40-52-lukeLuke: my gorgeous boy has had a few hard weeks, he is really not dealing well with the change of moving, missing his friends, not being in Kindergarten, etc…so the fact that we move to our own place next week where he will be king of the castle again should really help! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5, 1/60 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: the box that the bike trailer came in is almost as good as the bike trailer itself! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-640).