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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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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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STATS
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: A Dress for a Doll

Earlier this year, in January, I wanted to make a couple of dolls clothes for my good friends daughter’s birthday. She had received an American Girl Doll for her birthday and Luke wanted to give her some clothes for this doll. I remember making dolls clothes for my dolls when I as little, but never anything as elaborate as this:

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This an incredibly adorable free doll dress pattern that is fit for a princess. It was a real joy to knit, but for being only a dress for a doll it did take me longer than I anticipated.

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This is probably due to the fact that it’s knitted with 2.5mm needles and even though I used the gorgeous DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk the skirt started to get a bit tedious, with what seemed a never-ending amount of stitches on the needles.

But the detail on the skirt with that thin yarn actually looks fantastic. I did decide to make life even more difficult for myself and completed the project with a picot bind-off, like this one, but on every stitch.

And I added 7 very small buttons with corresponding crochet buttonholes, which add another lovely detail!

I also used the picot bind-off for the sleeves, and I love the little lace details down the front and back of the bodice, where I increased for the sleeves.

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A great project, which looks very sweet on my friend’s daughter’s doll, wouldn’t you say?

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STATS
Pattern:
 American Girl Doll Snow Princess dress by Elaine Phillips.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk in heather.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 12th-17th January 2016.