I have been reading Ginny’s blog Small Things for a while, but I have never joined into her wonderful monthly ‘yarn along‘ round up. But today I am finally changing that.
I am on the homestretch of the test knit I am doing for the wonderful Yvonne from Aida Sofie Knitting Design. This is the third time I am test knitting for Yvonne and I love taking part. Her designs involve a fair amount of colour work, which I really enjoy. Those that follow me on Instagram will know of my dilemma with this. I was actually almost finished with this knit last week, but I was very unhappy with my colour choice and I felt that my colour work was too tight and no amount of blocking would have been enough to stretch it out. So, I unravelled…and this was at the point where I only had the second sleeve to finish.
I am really excited about the colours and the eagle-eyed among you will see that I was able to include some glittery yarn within the unicorn pattern.
I am not doing a lot of reading, but when I do get a chance I am trying to finish ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon the second book in the Outlander series. I have watched all three series currently available and absolutely love the books and the show, but clearly not enough to finish reading the book…or it might be a lack of time!
I am also trying to decide on buttons for this cardigan I made for my youngest, because I am really not happy with the ones that I sewed on the other week, they just don’t fit right.
Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.
Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.
Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.
Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!
What is it about little baby dresses that make you swoon?
I love all the colours, all the lace and all the wonderful shapes you can make. A good friend from England asked me to make something that she was going to gift on. We settled on this sweet dress from Taiga Hilliard Design and since it was going to Australia it was made out of cotton.
It knit up quickly, even though I used quite small needles. The pattern itself was so easy to memorise and follow it just flew off the needles.
I love that vibrant pink and think it would look wonderful on any little lady.
Pattern: Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design. Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 2016.
The last few years I’ve seen lots of popcorn/pompom knits on Instagram and the blogs that I read. These have mainly been for babies, with a few exceptions. In fact, I have made my own share of popcorn items, including this kids popcorn cardigan, two popcorn jumpers for Mama and daughter (I have since made them two more as well) and a beautiful popcorn romper.
A good friend of mine in England saw the ‘Mama popcorn jumper’ and requested the same one in the same colour. Only she didn’t want it to be a cropped version. So in the midst of packing of our lives to move across the world from England to Australia in 2016 I knew that I absolutely HAD TO make this jumper for my friend.
And what’s so special about this jumper? It’s one of my own made up patterns. I have now knitted three versions of this exact jumper, the first one was a cropped version, this one and the third one were normal length. I love them and if I could carry them of I would totally knit myself one. What a happy recipient…need I say more?
Pattern: My own. Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 31st July – 20th August 2016.
I love my boys, they are my biggest achievement. Yet, there are days when being their Mama is harder work than usual. Today was such a day and while I think about how I could have handled the situation better or what I could have done differently, I know that by tomorrow morning everything will have been forgotten. And isn’t that an amazing thing? They don’t carry a grudge.
So without adding anything further here is my beautiful, crazy, whacky Luke in a hoody I knitted for him in in 2015.
I vividly remember knitting this for my boy, who’s favourite colour is green. As I wanted to use some yarn from my stash and I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the green DROPS Merino Extra Fine yarn I just added some stripes. I think it worked very well indeed.
The pattern is the Swashbuckle hoody from Ella Austin, find it on Ravelry. I adore the yarn that is used for some of the sample knits on the pattern, but as I had the right yarn at home, and more importantly the right colour, I knew I had to stick with it.
It’s a wonderfully fast knit especially when using the recommended DK/8 ply yarn. I knitted the size 4-5 and my son was 4 1/2 at the time these photos were taken. He had some room to grow into it and as he is particularly skinny I could have potentially changed the pattern. But what’s not to love about a warm, roomie hoodie in ones favourite colour?
Matching buttons were as always from TextileGarden. Boy do I miss them here. I can’t seem to find good quality buttons, not plastic, at an affordable price. The hoody still fit my son last year, but I think it may be time to move it down a couple of shelves to his brother’s pile as he will probably fit into it very soon. That just means I have to knit something new for Luke….Any suggestions there?
STATS Pattern: Swashbuckle hoody by Ella Austin. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green, dark blue, denim blue and light grey blue. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 28th August – 8th September 2015.
It’s strange how you get used to knitting something one way, and then you do it another way and it all just falls into place. I used to only knit things like dresses and jumpers from the bottom up, but as soon as I had knitted one thing from the top down I immediately fell in love with this type of construction. This beautiful little baby dress is no exception.
It’s a wonderful pattern by Ruth Maddock and can be found on Ravelry. I knitted this for a friend who I went to school with many years ago, who had a baby girl in 2016. According to my Ravelry details I knit this in December of that year.
I used some pure wool yarn that I had in my stash, so I am unsure of the exact details, but I knew it needed to be warmer as my friend lives in Scotland. It was a quick knit and apart from the lace work on the yoke and the hem it’s very straight forward stockinette stitch.
The lace pattern itself is easy enough to remember and the yoke repeats in them, which is a nice touch. I made one minor adjustment and did a picot bind off on them, which really completes it. I first did a picot bind off a few years ago, but reminded myself of how to do it with this article on Love Knitting, a great resource!
My friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous girl wearing the dress, and doesn’t she look scrumptious?
Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock. Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 19th-24th December 2016.
I know I disappeared for a minute there. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that my mother-in-law and I took the boys on a road trip from Sydney to South Australia and back, around 3,000km. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I loved driving the endlessly straight roads and seeing nothing but fields and the occasional station, some dead roos and some live Emu’s, it was an education!
Here’s just a glimpse into our wonderful, fun-filled 14 days:
Another reason I popped back on here tonight is to show you a very quick shot of what I am working on at the moment. Another lovely byproduct of the road trip was the fact that we saw my MILs sister and she and I share a love of wool and knitting. She passed on a huge amount of yarn and some amazing old patterns. So with some of the yarn she gave me and one of the patterns I got started right away.
I look forward to showing you the completed project when I am done!
I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.
It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.
It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.
The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.
I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.
And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.
My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.
STATS Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.
I don’t feel like I am a particularly rigid person, but I have noticed since moving to Australia that I have still ‘stuck’ with my favourite suppliers for yarn and for buttons from England.
And that’s not to say that there are not amazing yarn companies and shops as well as button suppliers, including this wonderful gem: All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown, here in Australia.
Nonetheless, I love my yarn from DROPS and I love that I am still able to buy my yarn at Woolwarehouse and they ship it to me in Australia for a very reasonable £9.98. Equally, I will always love the buttons from TextileGarden.
The buttons from TextileGarden are simply divine. First of all they are not plastic, but shell, coconut shell, horn, ceramic, wood, metal, etc. I am always able to find the right button for the pieces I am knitting. I believe that if I am spending the time knitting something it needs to have the right button to match it!
Here’s just a tiny selection of the buttons that I’ve been able to use from TextileGarden.
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my youngest in this adorable Summer romper.
When I asked him this week if he wanted to wear a little cotton romper I knitted for him (in size 3 years) and he excitedly said yes, I was very pleased. Then I realised that I hadn’t even blogged about it here. It was one of the last pieces I knitted in England, before we made our big move to Australia last August.
I used cotton yarn, specifically DROPS Muskat, which is a lovely mercerised cotton. It has a wonderful sheen on it, and this ‘apple green’ is such a wonderfully bright colour.
The suit itself is a Tiddelibom pattern, originally written in Norwegian, some of their patterns are translated into English, including this one. It’s a very well presented and written pattern, with a lot of detail and I was able to knit this romper in a couple of days (even in between packing up).
The beautiful leaf pattern in the middle runs the entire front and back of the romper and is just such a joy to knit and absolutely beautiful to look at. I was fortunate to have some leaf buttons in my stash, which I was able to add on the front (even though they are only for decoration) and four extra ones to close the romper, even allowing for growth.
But my youngest is such a big boy, he will be three in March, but has already been wearing clothes for a four year old for about six months. So I knew that we needed to make the most of wearing it. So without further ado, here’s Max wearing it.
STATS Pattern: Olavas Summer Suit by Tiddelibom. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 25th-28th July 2016.