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FO: Lacy Baby Dress (with Baby)

In March 2013 I knitted my best friend’s little girl a purple lacy dress as a belated birthday present.

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I knitted this lovely Little Liza Jane dress, which is a great pattern.

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It’s really straightforward pattern, with some nice added touches. Like the lace going up the skirt, and an added picot border at the bottom.

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And for the bodice a lovely cable pattern.

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I knitted this in DROPS Muskat, a nice cotton yarn that has a lovely sheen to it.

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I also knit a pair of booties, using my version of Saartjes Bootees, adding a little extra touch to it.

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And here is the dress with the booties, I am really pleased with how they turned out.

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My friend send me some photos of her sweet girl wearing the dress…and doesn’t she just look adorable in it?

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STATS

Dress
Pattern: Little Liza Jane by Alison Green.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in purple..
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: March 2014.

Booties
Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Brujin.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in dark purple and lilac.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: March 2014.

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FO: Romper and One Gorgeous Girl!

A good friend who moved back to her home country of South Africa a couple of years ago and then had a gorgeous daughter and wanted a playsuit for her, so she asked me.

This is a great little pattern called Vinterdrakt/Winter romper by Paelas Paelas. However, it is a pretty bad translation, which someone who has not been knitting as long as I have might not be able to follow it.

And instead of using Merino wool I used DROPS Muskat, since it would be worn by my friends little girl in South Africa.

I didn’t really have a problem reading the pattern, but I knit the top a little too tight, so had to open it up again and knit it again.

My friend picked the colours, which are just so pretty together. But I don’t think I need to say anything else, but will let the following pictures do the talking…

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STATS
Pattern: Vinterdrakt/Winter Romper by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in light purple blue and old pink.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 27th May to 7th June 2015.

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FO: Baby Bloom Dress (adorable baby alert)

Lovely Melissa from Knitting Sandwich just had a gorgeous little baby girl recently. Since she knit me a gorgeous baby blanket for Max, that I posted about here, I wanted to make something for her in return.

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Since I knew that Melissa was having a little girl I was able to pick a girly dress that I’ve had in my queue on Raverly for ages.

It’s the Bloom pattern by Georgie Hallam, which is a great top down pattern that has some additional lace on the body of the skirt.

The lovely thing about this pattern is that even though it’s meant to be a dress it actually grows with the baby/child and turns into a top…how great is that?

Additionally, I made her a pair of my version of Saartjes Bootees in matching colours.

And here’s the dress and the pair of booties in all their glory.

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I managed to find a lovely little box to post these to Melissa.

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Last week Melissa sent me these two pictures of her little girl, isn’t she just the sweetest? The dress and booties are still a little big, but these pictures are just too cute for words! I am just so happy for Melissa and her family to be sharing their lives with this gorgeous little girl!

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STATS

Dress
Pattern: Bloom by Georgie Hallam
Yarn: Rowan pure wool 4 ply
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 18th -24th July 2015.

Booties
Pattern: Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 3rd August 2015.

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FO: Flouncy, Girly Cardigan

Back in April 2013 a friend of mine who has a gorgeous little girl ordered a cardigan from me. At her baby shower a couple of years earlier I had given her a voucher to knit something she wanted me to knit for her daughter.

She picked this gorgeous little jacket pattern, a DROPS pattern of course.

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My friend picked this gorgeous peachy colour, which is so sweet and soft, it would look gorgeous on any little girl.

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The pattern called for DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk, the most gorgeous Alpaca and Mulberry silk combination, very soft and lovely to knit with.

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For the flounce at the bottom of the cardigan I had to cast on an insane number of stitches and it was slow going at first, as I used 2.5mm needles.

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But once I got past the flounce and up to the stockinette stitch and then the double moss stitch it was pretty fast going.

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I used some little heart buttons that I had in my stash, which add another sweet detail.

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And this was well received by my friend, and her daughter put it straight on when she got it!

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FO: Toddler Birthday Dress (with appreciation photos)

Here’s one of my latest finishes for 2015. A birthday dress for my best friends gorgeous little girl Faye, who just turned one year old.

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I wanted to give Faye an extra special birthday present, so agreed with my best friend the colours and pattern for this dress.

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I have been eyeing up this pattern for a while and had it pinned on my Pinterest for ages (ever since I found out I was pregnant and wasn’t yet sure whether I was having a boy or a girl).

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My friend wanted it in cotton, so I used DROPS Muskat, and she picked the colours. I LOVE them, they’re so sunny and bright.

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This is the first time I’ve knitted something from the top down, normally I knit from the bottom up and it’s brilliant as there’s only very minimal sewing up.

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And I love the knitted picot edge that was used on the top over the ruffled sleeves and I also used it on the bottom of the skirt, and it just looks sooo cute.

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The nice thing about this dress is all the little added details, like the puffed sleeves and the collar, which was really easy to knit on, knitting straight into the stitches that were already there.

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Also, due to the simple construction the dress can actually be worn either way, with the buttons in the front or in the back. Although, I think I like it better with the buttons in the back.

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And now the highlight, gorgeous Faye wearing her dress the day it was received in the post…one happy customer!

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FOs: 19 Pairs of Booties

In an effort to speed up my posting about projects from the last few years I am going to bundle some together. So this post will focus on the number of Saartjes Bootees I have made in the last few years.

Booties ordered by a friend, made last week.

Booties gifted to a friend from school, knitted in October 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from a toddler group, knitted in November 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague from my first job, knitted in May 2014

4 pairs of booties ordered by my good friend Kersti, knitted in April and July 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted September 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted in July 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from toddler group, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a good friend in South Africa, knitted in July 2014

Booties ordered by my friend Nathan, knitted in May 2014

Booties gifted to a friend in Australia, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a fellow childminder, knitted December 2014

Booties gifted to a friend, knitted in October 2014

2 pairs of booties gifted to my husbands aunt who had twins in 2013, knitted in April 2013

Booties gifted for an old colleague, knitted in May 2014

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FO: Flowery Booties and Bonnet

In August 2013 I made some gorgeous baby booties and a bonnet for an ex-colleague of mine. She had a baby girl, and she absolutely loved the booties and bonnet.

I used Saartjes Bootees pattern and changed it around a bit, using cotton yarn and adding some flowers to them.

I used the DROPS bonnet pattern, also using cotton yarn and also added some flowers like a ranking vine.

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And now would you look at that adorable little girl, she’s just too precious in her little outfit!

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My Booties in a Maternity Photo Shoot

A friend who had a baby girl in December received some booties from me earlier in the year, see my blog post about them here. And my friend used them in her maternity photo shoot, and isn’t it just adorable?

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The photo was taken by Christen Tello Grugnale who runs Reflections by Christen.

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FO: Pom Pom Hat

For now this is the final piece I made for my friends eldest daughter (although she’s just ordered a pair of booties for gifting). My friend picked this DROPS pattern, which was lovely to knit. It’s a great pattern that knits up really quickly, probably because of the 8mm needles it calls for.

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My friends daughter picked the colours and I was a little unsure at first, but once I was knitting it and saw the full effect I actually loved them.

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Now the pom pom was something else, it actually took longer to make than the hat and used up almost the same amount of yarn.

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Initially it was HUGE, so I cut and trimmed it loads, but it still looks really big. And it’s quite heavy, but it looks absolutely great!

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FO: Toddler Mittens

Yet another post about knitted items for my friend with two daughters, these mittens were made for her first daughter last year.

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I LOVE this pattern, although I adjusted it and instead of using single thread DROPS Fabel I went with two threads of DROPS Alpaca.

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I also made her a hat last year, which I posted about here.

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