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Designer Spotlight: Melody Hoffmann

I love discovering new designers, especially when their patterns are as well designed and beautiful as those of Melody Hoffmann. In Melody’s words, she is inspired by nature, minimalism, folklore, wabi-sabi and shibuj. She designs garments and accessories that are full of texture, modern and simple.

Copyright @ Melody Hoffmann (taken from Ravelry)

A friend of mine asked me to make her a very specific top, with a deep back neckline and a ribbon. When I came across Melody’s Ginkgo top it was love at first sight. The simplicity of the construction is brilliant.

My friend and I picked the DROPS Belle yarn due to its cotton, viscose, linen content. It’s perfect for this top as the resulting fabric has wonderful drape. It’s a wonderful yarn that feels great when being knitted and even better when it’s worn. I wanted my friend to get as much wear out of her top as possible, so this was the perfect choice of yarn.

There were a few moments where the endless stockinette stitch was starting to get a bit tedious, but just when it did the neckline for the front and the back came into play. And knitting became interesting again. I could have added i-cord ties to it, but my friend was keen on satin ribbon, and I think it makes the top, it’s such a luxurious addition. And doesn’t my friend look wonderful wearing it?

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Pattern:
 Ginkgo top by Melody Hoffmann.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in navy.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 6th-15th September 2018.

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TBT: Gramps Cardigan

I know, it’s been a while… Life and knitting took over.

Some of you may remember I made my eldest a gorgeous little cotton cardigan, blogged here.

 

He wore it a lot and it’s a favourite of mine. How lucky was I to dress his little brother in it a few years later. Isn’t he just the cutest? Makes me all broody just looking at these these two boys of mine.

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Homage to a Pixie Hat

There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.

I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.

Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.

Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.

The following made using DROPS Nepal too.

Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.

This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.

Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.

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Pattern:
 Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.

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Black and White Wedding Flowers

Our cousin (my husband’s cousin) got married back in December to the beautiful mother of his gorgeous daughter…they kept the wedding pretty low key, but I knew I wanted to make something for the bride and after getting a brief from her: ‘black and white’ I went ahead and knitted up something for her, for the groom and for their gorgeous girl.

So I got my DROPS Muscat out in black and white and knit up two white hollyhooks, one white rose and five small daisy like flowers in black and white.

Out of one I fashioned a bracelet for the bride.

I love the end result, and I think it worked out really well, it was quite compact and not the lightest bracelet, but it looks wonderful on my gorgeous friend. She asked me to put it on her as she was walking down the aisle…so I was part of the ceremony.

I made up two little hairclips for their daughter, matching one of the small flowers in the bracelet.

And doesn’t she look just gorgeous in it?

Finally, I made our cousin a boutonnière (I have to Google that word every time I need to write it out). Again, the flowers are matching the bracelet.

I was also asked to put this on for our cousin…as he danced his way to his bride.

I am really pleased to have been included in their celebrations to have been able to make something unique for them. Something they can treasure forever, since knitted flowers last forever.

And look at this beautiful family…don’t they look ecstatically happy?

STATS
Pattern:
 Bracelet, boutonnière and hairclips, my own design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in black and white
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 30th November 2017.

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Sweet Rosebud Hairclips

As I am working behind the scenes on my #knittedbotanicals handmade business a few things pop up that I want to share straight away. And that is the case with these sweet rosebud hairclips that I made for a friend’s daughter. She was going to her aunts wedding and needed something to go with her sweet green and pink dress.

And it’s such a quick little project, I knit up the rosebuds and then attached them to hairclip. I think the entire thing didn’t take longer than 1 hour. But I think the result is wonderful. And my friends little girl looks absolutely adorable wearing them.

STATS
Pattern:
 Rosebud from 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in powder pink and light mint.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 2nd October 2017.

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Planning and plotting

I recently went to a ‘yarn tasting’ organised by the Knitter’s Guild NSW and showcasing three wonderful indie dyers: Imogen at 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co., Rhiannon at Reaction Dyeworks and Kathryn at The Australian Wool Store. They each told us about about their yarn and how they started dyeing and then we received a little ‘taster’.

And look at the mountains of yarn I was able to pick what I wanted from.

I just couldn’t go past the ‘I carried a watermelon’ and ‘Bay Tree’ from Imogen and the gorgeous dark blue and dark red from Rhiannon.

I am in love with the yarn I have bought and am busy deliberating what I can make with it.

For the ‘watermelon’ and the green I was thinking about Andromeda by Pam Allen.

And for the blue and red I am considering socks, I think either colour would be wonderful for Waltana by Darlene Hayes.

What do you think?

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Yarn Along: March

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.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along.

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Winter is coming!

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!

STATS
Pattern:
 I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.

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Beautiful Summer Dress (knitted in 2016)

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.

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Pattern:
 Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 2016.

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FO: Popcorn/Pompom jumper (knitted in August 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?

STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 31st July – 20th August 2016.