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?
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.
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!
Luke: after two weeks of rain, finally time to play outside. (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-250).
Max: Happy 2nd birthday to this beautiful boy. (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-1250).
Luke: football with friends! (Canon EOS 550D, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO-100).
Max: poorly boy. (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-320).
Both boys enjoying time with grandma. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO-2500).
Max: this boy and his new haircut! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO-125).
Luke: crafting! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO-500).
Max: such a content little man (will not let go of his dummy)! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-200).
Luke: 6 years old!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO-2500).
Max: ice cream in a box! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/500 sec, ISO-500).
Luke: weekend shenanigans. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/320 sec, ISO-1250).
Max: this boy…so happy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/320 sec, ISO-1600).
Luke: started school this week and he loves it!
In Germany, on their first day of school children receive a cardboard cone (Schultuete), prettily decorated and filled with toys, sweets, school supplies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter.
(Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO-100)
Max: always in motion. (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-1600).
I wanted to share this sweet picture of my two boys. Surprisingly Max is loving having time with Mama for most of the day and he has fallen into a rhythm with his nap again, giving me the chance to catch-up on blogging, emails, work, knitting, etc.
Luke: this boy has had a hard time of late, he is definitely ready to be at school, learning and making friends! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-125).
Max: ‘train…train…train’…he loves anything that moves. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO-1600).