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!
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.
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.
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.