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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.

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FO: Hoody for my First Boy (knitted in August/September 2015)

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.

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FO: Baby Dress (knitted in December 2016)

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?

STATS

Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock.
Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-24th December 2016.

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WIP Wednesday: Jumper (and some pics of our recent road trip)

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!

 

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Finished Knit: Lizzy Baby Dress (Knit in June 2016)

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.

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Suppliers I Love

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.

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Finished Knit: Olavas Summer Suit

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.

 

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Daisy Headband

I have been so busy knitting up stock behind the scenes and am in the process of sewing up loads of it, but I wanted to showcase one of the first finished products that I have available.

It is this sweet daisy headband, made entirely from DROPS Muskat, which is 100% mercerised cotton.

The plastic headband itself, which will fit a little girl to adult head, is covered with a light green knitted tube and the flower is sewn on tightly.

Perfect for any little girl, but I also love wearing it!

This will go up in the shop soon, in the meantime, if you are interested in one, please get in touch!

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FO: Girl Cowl and Hat

It’s amazing what a reminder from a friend can do to you. I knitted this little set, a hat and cowl for my beautiful friend’s daughter back in 2015. And I still haven’t posted about it. So when my friend posted a picture of her daughter wearing it and the fact that it still fits I knew I needed to get onto it.

So, I made a neck warmer and beanie/hat combo from my favourite design team at Garnstudio. My friend also decided to pick the exact colours that the pattern calls for.

Both pieces were wonderfully quick knits as the pattern recommends size 5mm needles, using two yarns at the same time: DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk. As you can imagine the alpaca and silk combination make it a wonderfully soft and fluffy finished piece, and there is something to be said about knitting with luxurious fibres. It makes my knitting just fly off the needles. Both neckwarmer and hat were wonderfully easy knits that ended up beautifully soft and very sweet and girly.

And isn’t this the sweetest picture of my friend’s daughter wearing it when she first received it?

It’s amazing how happy these pictures make me, seeing someone wearing my makes, my heart jumps for joy!

I particularly love that she puts her shoes on the wrong feet (my boy used to do this too).

STATS
Pattern: Mini Me from DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca in dusty pink and DROPS Kid-Silk in light pink.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: Neckwarmer: 31st October 2015
Beanie 11th-12th November 2015.

 

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Return to Blogging and FO: Baby Dress

There are a few reasons why I haven’t blogged in a few months. The main one was that I moved from a UK-based hosting company to one hosted here in Australia and that meant a range of issues. For a while I even thought I had lost 10+ years of blogging. But a good friend came to my rescue and recovered it all for me.

I am also very busy behind the scenes ramping up to launch a handmade business, I have hinted to it on Instagram, and there are a few teasers. It’s kept me very busy and I would love to say I am almost ready to reveal all, but there are still a fair few things to do.

Of course, I have also still been knitting many, many custom orders. And of course life is all encompassing, after all the boys need my attention too.

However, I want to get back to posting regularly and I want to show off my finished knits, after all there are many that I haven’t blogged about yet.

First off, this darling dress I made for an ex-colleague who had a baby girl a year ago.

It’s a wonderful pattern by OGE Knitwear Designs, it’s an easy to follow pattern that knits up very quickly. I love the sweet little details like the lace flowers and the picot-esque border at the bottom.

I used a 4 ply 100% cotton from Paton that I was gifted years ago, I have this pink and a dark red still in my stash.

I also found some matching buttons in my stash that I had bought in England from TextileGarden.

I had made the dress before for another friend, but haven’t blogged about it yet. I am sure I will be soon.

I am sure this could be made out of wool too, but as it’s quite fitting as a Summer dress I actually like the cotton.

 

 

It was well received by the recipient too, which is always a bonus.

STATS
Pattern: Sun Dress from OGE Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: Patons 100% cotton, 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10-13th September 2016.