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Planning and plotting

I recently went to a ‘yarn tasting’ organised by the Knitter’s Guild NSW and showcasing three wonderful indie dyers: Imogen at 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co., Rhiannon at Reaction Dyeworks and Kathryn at The Australian Wool Store. They each told us about about their yarn and how they started dyeing and then we received a little ‘taster’.

And look at the mountains of yarn I was able to pick what I wanted from.

I just couldn’t go past the ‘I carried a watermelon’ and ‘Bay Tree’ from Imogen and the gorgeous dark blue and dark red from Rhiannon.

I am in love with the yarn I have bought and am busy deliberating what I can make with it.

For the ‘watermelon’ and the green I was thinking about Andromeda by Pam Allen.

And for the blue and red I am considering socks, I think either colour would be wonderful for Waltana by Darlene Hayes.

What do you think?

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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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WIP Wednesday: Jumper (and some pics of our recent road trip)

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!

 

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Finished Knit: Lizzy Baby Dress (Knit in June 2016)

I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.

It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.

It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.

The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.

I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.

And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.

My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.

 

STATS
Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.

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Suppliers I Love

I don’t feel like I am a particularly rigid person, but I have noticed since moving to Australia that I have still ‘stuck’ with my favourite suppliers for yarn and for buttons from England.

And that’s not to say that there are not amazing yarn companies and shops as well as button suppliers, including this wonderful gem: All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown, here in Australia.

Nonetheless, I love my yarn from DROPS and I love that I am still able to buy my yarn at Woolwarehouse and they ship it to me in Australia for a very reasonable £9.98. Equally, I will always love the buttons from TextileGarden.

The buttons from TextileGarden are simply divine. First of all they are not plastic, but shell, coconut shell, horn, ceramic, wood, metal, etc. I am always able to find the right button for the pieces I am knitting. I believe that if I am spending the time knitting something it needs to have the right button to match it!

Here’s just a tiny selection of the buttons that I’ve been able to use from TextileGarden.

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Finished Knit: Olavas Summer Suit

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.

 

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FO: Girl Cowl and Hat

It’s amazing what a reminder from a friend can do to you. I knitted this little set, a hat and cowl for my beautiful friend’s daughter back in 2015. And I still haven’t posted about it. So when my friend posted a picture of her daughter wearing it and the fact that it still fits I knew I needed to get onto it.

So, I made a neck warmer and beanie/hat combo from my favourite design team at Garnstudio. My friend also decided to pick the exact colours that the pattern calls for.

Both pieces were wonderfully quick knits as the pattern recommends size 5mm needles, using two yarns at the same time: DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk. As you can imagine the alpaca and silk combination make it a wonderfully soft and fluffy finished piece, and there is something to be said about knitting with luxurious fibres. It makes my knitting just fly off the needles. Both neckwarmer and hat were wonderfully easy knits that ended up beautifully soft and very sweet and girly.

And isn’t this the sweetest picture of my friend’s daughter wearing it when she first received it?

It’s amazing how happy these pictures make me, seeing someone wearing my makes, my heart jumps for joy!

I particularly love that she puts her shoes on the wrong feet (my boy used to do this too).

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Pattern: Mini Me from DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca in dusty pink and DROPS Kid-Silk in light pink.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: Neckwarmer: 31st October 2015
Beanie 11th-12th November 2015.

 

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FO: Baby Booties

Another pair of booties I knitted back in 2015.

These were knitted for a friend that used to lead the Forest School session that I attended with Luke. She had a baby boy in 2015.

I used some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn from my stash. I chose cotton as he was a Summer baby.

These booties only take me about 2 hours to knit up, so they are a great item to gift when I need to make something quickly!

And of course I also made the box that they are gifted in.

STATS
Pattern: Baby booties, my own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 8th August 2015.

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FO: Trouser and Vest Combination

Last year a friend who’s son I used to look after had another baby boy. I knit up this trouser and vest combination, using cotton yarn.

I was able to use some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn that I had in my stash, and I love the colours I was able to put together.

It’s a great pattern from the DROPS Design team, which I have been eyeing up for a while, but this is the first time I’ve made it.

The pattern, like a lot of the DROPS Design patterns, is knitted in the round. But this one is knitted from the waist down. This can be very useful when wanting to adjust length, but in this case I stuck to the 6-9 months sizing.

The ribbing at the top continues down the outside of each leg and finishes in the cuffs at the bottom. This makes these trousers quite stretchy.

The second item I made for my friend was a little vest/waistcoat to match.

This is another DROPS Design pattern that I’ve had on my radar for a while, but yet again this is the first time I have knitted it.

It’s a great and very simple vest, but I love the sweet little details of the picot edging, which I love on a baby boy as much as on a baby girl.

I picked these blues and stripes as they look adorable on little babies.

And here are both garments together. I was very pleased with them and my friend loved them too for her little man.

STATS
Trousers
Pattern:
 Baby trousers by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in blue, apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 4.5mm
Knitting time: 25th-28th April 2016.

Vest
Pattern:
 Honey Suckle by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in navy blue and light blue purple.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-25th April 2016.

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FO: Wrist Warmers

For Christmas last year I made my mum some wrist warmers. cg-32

My mum easily gets cold, especially where she lives now in a huge 24 bedroom villa. So these were the perfect gift for her.

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They are a very simple DROPS Design pattern, but with a very pretty finish.

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My mum loves them and she tells me that she wears them all the time. Made even more special by the fact that they are a constant reminder that I am thinking of her no matter how far away I am.

STATS
Pattern:
 Tourmaline by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Cotton Merino in turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 2nd-3rd December 2015.