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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).

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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.

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

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FO: Bunch of Roses

Yes that title is correct, I knitted up a bunch of roses! And since it was Valentines Day yesterday (and I didn’t manage to post yesterday) I thought why not post about them today. A good friend asked me to knit some for his wife and how could I refuse, it’s such a pleasure to knit something so sweet!

Be warned this is a picture heavy post, but it’s worth it I promise!

So, I made three dark red roses.

And I made three lighter red roses.

So six roses in total. I added some stems and threaded some gardening wire through them so that they would stand up.

Then I made three light pink rosebuds.

I made three dark pink rosebuds.

I knitted up leaves for all these roses too.

I put them all together.

I added the leaves and created a beautiful bouquet of roses, even if I say so myself.

STATS
Pattern: Roses from this book: 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in bordeaux and red, pink and heather and apple green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 17th-24th July 2016.

 

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FO: My Boy in a Sweet Romper

When Max was born I knew there were a few things I wanted to knit for him. One was the Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen who is behind Ministrikk. It’s such a sweet pattern.

I used some DROPS Baby Merino that I had left in my stash, luckily I had enough to finish the little suit. Because I wanted to knit up stripes I had to improvise a little bit for the pockets and for top just before getting to the straps.

But I think it adds to the finished piece. I doubled the straps as I wanted to make sure that they would hold and be strong.

Since Max was only four months old when I was knitting this, it took me a little longer than it usually would, but I am very pleased with the end result.

And doesn’t Max look gorgeous in it?

STATS
Pattern: The Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, navy blue and light sky blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm

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FO: Pixie Hat

Here’s a hat from 2016. I’ve made this a few times before, including one for Luke.

It’s the Collared Pixie pattern by Trude and is available on Ravelry for free. I made this for a friend who was gifting it on.

There’s not too much to say about this, it’s a fast and enjoyable knit. Luke was kind enough to model the hat for me before we passed it on.

STATS
Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in green and turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Dancing Squirrels Cardigan

A good friend in England ordered a couple of cardigans from me in 2015. The first one is this sweet number:

I love this sweet little cardigan, which I knit for her daughter in a size 3 years. My friend picked the colours and I love how the pink squirrels and the navy blue hearts came out. Such a sweet detail on the yoke of this knit.

It’s funny, colour work/intarsia always seemed such a hard thing to do when knitting. In fact, once you get the hang of it it’s really easy! I just haven’t found a solution yet when using four colours at once (a problem I am encountering with a current WIP).

I managed to find matching pink buttons at TextileGarden, which work really well and finish the cardigan off nicely. The pattern of course is from the team at DROPS Design.

And my friend loved it for her little girl. The neckline was a little big, which I also thought when I was knitting it, but because of the colour work it could be tricky to change it. If I were to knit this again I would add a couple of rows in single colours between the colour work to decrease some stitches.

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Pattern: Baby Squirrel by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue, light sky blue, old pink and off white.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 1st-15th May 2015.

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FO: Hat

A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.

It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.

It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.

It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!

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Pattern: Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.

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FO: Leonora Jumper

In 2012 my lovely husband gave me a subscription to The Knitter for my birthday. I loved it. But I soon realised that to be able to knit everything I wanted to knit out of the few issues I got I would have to knit every day and night, and only knit! So I stopped the subscription. And last year I finally knit one of the patterns, for my mum.

It’s the Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, from The Knitter Issue 44, which was published in April 2012.

It’s a seamed jumper that’s knit from the bottom up, with the sleeves knitted separately and sewed in. In total there are four pieces.

It’s a great pattern, the only thing I don’t like about it are the bottoms of the sleeves. For the lace panel it calls for a few more stitches initially and then they are decreased in one row. It makes the sleeve bulge a little bit, and I don’t think it adds to the pattern.

I do like that the lace panel is repeated on the front and back pieces as well as the sleeves. I like a bit of continuity like that!

My mum loved the pattern and she wanted it in the exact yarn and the exact colour as it was photographed for The Knitter. And I am really pleased she did.

It calls for Rowan Purelife Revive, which is a recycled yarn from Rowan. It’s a combination of 36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton and 28% recycled viscose (rayon). And it’s a beautiful yarn!

At first I wasn’t sure about it, as it felt a little rough while knitting it. But once I got used to the feel of it I loved it more and more. It’s amazing that it’s all recycled, makes me feel good about this project.

My mum loves it too, she loves the colour and she loves the feel of it when she wears it.

STATS
Pattern: Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, published in The Knitter, April 2012
Yarn: Rowan Purelife Revive in loam.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 27th March – 6th April 2016.

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My 12 Months Knitting Plan

I don’t think it’s a secret, but I LOVE to knit. It keeps me sane, it makes me happy and I always feel productive. Friends and family place orders with me, I knit a lot of gifts for the newborns of friends, ex-colleagues and also for family members. I generally don’t have a plan, but when I receive orders I add them to my queue and when I find out about people expecting babies I add that to the queue too. That’s about it!

But inspired by Julie at Knitted Bliss, who last year completed mini stockings for the run-up to Christmas, I decided to make 2017 the year that I PLAN some knitting.

I would like to complete a pair of socks every month and two Christmas tree ornaments. I am not sure if I am being too ambitious, but I think it’s doable!

Here are the socks I have queued on Ravelry. The ornaments I will pick as and when I come to making them.

Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa

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Roger Sock by Anne Hanson

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Tennarisukka by Taila Anttila

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Cable and Lace Socks by Allison Sarnoff

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Bertie Wooster’s Faux Pas by Becky Greene

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I Heart Harvest Socks by Shelley Stone

Barrel Riders Sock by Corinne Walcher

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Pomeranssi Socks by Marianne Heikkinen

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Sock it to Me! by Patons

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Lily of the Valley socks by Titta Järvensivu

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Longing for Gotland by Pia Kammeborn

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Luna Socks by Josephine & the seeds

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All images from Ravelry.

My only dilemma now is which ones should I start with?