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Designer Spotlight: Melody Hoffmann

I love discovering new designers, especially when their patterns are as well designed and beautiful as those of Melody Hoffmann. In Melody’s words, she is inspired by nature, minimalism, folklore, wabi-sabi and shibuj. She designs garments and accessories that are full of texture, modern and simple.

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A friend of mine asked me to make her a very specific top, with a deep back neckline and a ribbon. When I came across Melody’s Ginkgo top it was love at first sight. The simplicity of the construction is brilliant.

My friend and I picked the DROPS Belle yarn due to its cotton, viscose, linen content. It’s perfect for this top as the resulting fabric has wonderful drape. It’s a wonderful yarn that feels great when being knitted and even better when it’s worn. I wanted my friend to get as much wear out of her top as possible, so this was the perfect choice of yarn.

There were a few moments where the endless stockinette stitch was starting to get a bit tedious, but just when it did the neckline for the front and the back came into play. And knitting became interesting again. I could have added i-cord ties to it, but my friend was keen on satin ribbon, and I think it makes the top, it’s such a luxurious addition. And doesn’t my friend look wonderful wearing it?

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Pattern:
 Ginkgo top by Melody Hoffmann.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in navy.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 6th-15th September 2018.

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Yarn Along: March

I have been reading Ginny’s blog Small Things for a while, but I have never joined into her wonderful monthly ‘yarn along‘ round up. But today I am finally changing that.

I am on the homestretch of the test knit I am doing for the wonderful Yvonne from Aida Sofie Knitting Design. This is the third time I am test knitting for Yvonne and I love taking part. Her designs involve a fair amount of colour work, which I really enjoy. Those that follow me on Instagram will know of my dilemma with this. I was actually almost finished with this knit last week, but I was very unhappy with my colour choice and I felt that my colour work was too tight and no amount of blocking would have been enough to stretch it out. So, I unravelled…and this was at the point where I only had the second sleeve to finish.

I am really excited about the colours and the eagle-eyed among you will see that I was able to include some glittery yarn within the unicorn pattern.

I am not doing a lot of reading, but when I do get a chance I am trying to finish ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon the second book in the Outlander series. I have watched all three series currently available and absolutely love the books and the show, but clearly not enough to finish reading the book…or it might be a lack of time!

I am also trying to decide on buttons for this cardigan I made for my youngest, because I am really not happy with the ones that I sewed on the other week, they just don’t fit right.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along.

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Winter is coming!

Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.

Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.

Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.

Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!

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Pattern:
 I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.

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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?

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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: 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.

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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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FO: Fancy Little Waistcoat

In November 2015 I friend who I had previously made a booties and beanie combo for (for her first son) had another son. So I decided to use up some of my leftover yarn and made her a little waistcoat for her second little man.
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Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve made this waistcoat a few times before. Predictably it’s a DROPS pattern.

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As I had a lot of DROPS Baby Merino left in these colours and shades I decided to try using them and made up the combinations as I went along.

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I think a plain white one would have been very boring, but I like the little accents the grey and black bring to the waistcoat.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which work very well with this combination.

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I love this little waistcoat, I am able to knit this in a couple of days, which makes it another perfect little gift to knit for someone expecting a boy. And it’s great for using up leftover yarn!

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Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, off white, black and grey.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 27-29th November 2015.

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FO: Adult Cardigan

Back in February of last year a friend asked me to knit her a cardigan that she saw me share on here.

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I had also knit this for another good friend, and I still need to blog about that here too. Unlike the other two versions, this one had long sleeves.

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It’s funny, black never photographs very well, but it actually looks really nice.

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This is actually a lovely pattern as it’s very classic and won’t really go out of fashion. the nice touches of the double moss stitch for the front and collar and the cuffs of the sleeves makes it extra special.

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And as it calls for 5mm needles it actually knits up really quickly, even though it’s in adult size.

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I also think it’s lovely and warm as it’s knitted with 100% wool from DROPS Design.

AS 6My finishing techniques are getting better and better, even though I’m not a huge fan of sewing up, I have taught myself how to finish seams so they look very professional.

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Pattern:
 Silver Haze by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in black.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-28th February 2015.

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FO’s: Two Waistcoats

Back in February 2014 I got a bunch of wool from a friend who runs an amazing company, Punk Me Up Buttercup. I then made her a little waistcoat for her son.

So, I used this DROPS pattern that I’ve used a few times before and since. But I actually made a huge mistake with this first waistcoat, and made the armholes way too big. So I knit another one in yellow.

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I love this pattern, it knits up really quickly, and apart from sewing up the shoulder seams and the fake pockets there is no other sewing. How great is that?

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I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?

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The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.

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The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.

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This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.

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Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: February 2014.

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First FO of 2016: Kid Tunic

My best friend’s daughter was last Saturday and as I made her daughter a dress for her first birthday last year, I also wanted to make her one this year.

I picked this lovely tunic/jumper/dress that I’ve had in my queue for a while on Ravelry. The sizing was a bit too big, especially as my friend’s daughter is petite. So I went down in needle size from what the pattern recommended and used a different yarn too.

I used the combination of this lovely old pink and light blue in the DROPS Belle yarn, which is such a wonderful combination of cotton, viscose and linen. It’s wonderful to knit with too.

The best thing about this pattern though are the pockets:

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My friend’s daughter loves them too, look at her sweet little proud face!

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I found these lovely buttons in my stash, which work really well for this garment.

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Overall a great project to start a New Year with!

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Pattern:
 Bulle by Oomieknits.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in mauve and jeans blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 31st December 2015 – 3rd January 2016.

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FO: Flower Cardigan

My niece had her first day of school back in August, which came round so fast. I remember the day my brother told me that he and his then girlfriend were expecting my niece about 7 years ago. It is the day that I started knitting again properly and it is since then that I’ve learned loads of new skills. So also this new pattern.

It’s an amazing pattern, which is made even more special by the detail on the back of this gorgeous flower.

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It’s the first time that I’ve knitted like this, from the centre of the flower at the back. Initially the construction sounded quite difficult, but it was actually surprisingly easy to knit, particularly as it provides such a fabulous result.

I also used a new to me DROPS yarn, DROPS Belle, which is a Cotton, Viscose and Linen combination that’s actually amazingly soft and lovely to knit with.

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My sister-in-law picked the colour and while we had some trouble finding the right buttons for a while, we finally managed to find these lovely red flower buttons at TextileGarden which match this cardigan perfectly.

CG 93Another first for me also was this I-cord bind-off, which was such a lovely little detail to add here.

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I put the cardigan into this little box for my niece, who absolutely loved it. It matched her first-day-of-school-dress perfectly, but it was a really hot day in August, so she didn’t really wear it for long. Also, I am unable to show you pictures as per request from my brother and his wife.

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Pattern:
Flower Cardigan by Ewelina Murach.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in cherry.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 13th June – 17th July 2015.