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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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My 12 Months Knitting Plan

I don’t think it’s a secret, but I LOVE to knit. It keeps me sane, it makes me happy and I always feel productive. Friends and family place orders with me, I knit a lot of gifts for the newborns of friends, ex-colleagues and also for family members. I generally don’t have a plan, but when I receive orders I add them to my queue and when I find out about people expecting babies I add that to the queue too. That’s about it!

But inspired by Julie at Knitted Bliss, who last year completed mini stockings for the run-up to Christmas, I decided to make 2017 the year that I PLAN some knitting.

I would like to complete a pair of socks every month and two Christmas tree ornaments. I am not sure if I am being too ambitious, but I think it’s doable!

Here are the socks I have queued on Ravelry. The ornaments I will pick as and when I come to making them.

Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa

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Roger Sock by Anne Hanson

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Tennarisukka by Taila Anttila

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Cable and Lace Socks by Allison Sarnoff

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Bertie Wooster’s Faux Pas by Becky Greene

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I Heart Harvest Socks by Shelley Stone

Barrel Riders Sock by Corinne Walcher

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Pomeranssi Socks by Marianne Heikkinen

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Sock it to Me! by Patons

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Lily of the Valley socks by Titta Järvensivu

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Longing for Gotland by Pia Kammeborn

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Luna Socks by Josephine & the seeds

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All images from Ravelry.

My only dilemma now is which ones should I start with?

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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.

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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: Four Pairs of Booties (Nikolaustag)

In Germany it’s Nikolaustag today. This means children clean their boots/shoes and leave them by the window or the door on the night of 5th December. The next day they wake to small gifts and goodides stuffed into their boots, which were left by Sankt Nikolaus. As I grew up with this tradition Luke and Max will continue to receive their Nikolaus gifts on the 6th of December.

So to honour that tradition, today I am posting about four pairs of booties knitted for a friend that went to Forest School with us.

She had a baby boy in 2015 and I knit up some blue baby booties for her (please excuse the terrible pictures, I am not sure what happened there). Because my friend liked the booties so much, she ordered another three pairs from me.

A purple pair.

A pink pair.

And a red pair.

They are my version of Saartjes Bootees, and I know I HAVE to write down this pattern, I really must. I have promised it to a few people, so it needs to happen soon!

STATS
Pattern:
 My own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark blue, purple, heather and red.
Needle size: 3.mm
Knitting time: May-September 2015.

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FO: 2 x Beanies and Booties

Back in July 2015 a friend ordered two beanie and booties combinations from me that she was going to gift on to other friends.

I used this pattern that I’ve used many, many times and to be honest I didn’t really need to follow it exactly as I remember it all perfectly.

For both I used DROP Muskat, one set in navy blue and light olive and the other in navy blue and light mint.

I used the same colour combination for the booties.

The booties are my version of the Saartjes Bootees pattern, which I should really write up and share. I normally manage to knit them up in 2 hours, which is pretty good going I think.

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Both were well received as far as I understand.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

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FO: Fancy Socks for Myself

I have these two pairs of woolly socks that I knitted about 15 years ago (a long time basically) and they’re starting to show some wear…and I’ve just seen some holes in the heels of one pair. So it was only fitting that I knitted myself a pair over Christmas.

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I’ve had this pattern in my queue on Ravelry for ages and ordered this pink yarn for exactly these socks last year. I am so pleased that I finally managed to knit them for myself.

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The leaf pattern on the front looks intricate and delicate, but it’s actually really easy to knit and I didn’t have to look at the pattern too many times after having knit it a couple of times.

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Knitting cables instead of a purl/knit rib felt a bit funny initially as I didn’t think it would create the right effect, but it actually worked out really well. It’s nice and stretchy, but also sits well on my legs.

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The yarn is DROPS Fabel, and while I normally knit socks with a self-striping yarn, which I absolutely love, I wanted to stick to a plain colour to give the leaf pattern the chance to shine.

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And without further ado, here are some action shots of me wearing my socks. I absolutely love them. They are  a little loose, but they keep my toes and feet lovely and warm.

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Pattern:
 Autumn Glow by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Fabel in dark pink.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-27th December 2015.

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FO: Baby Boy in Beanie

Today is Luke’s fifth birthday and we had a lovely party for him, I cannot believe I now have a five year old child…

At the end of January of this year I finished a beanie and bootie combo for the baby boy of a friend that I used to work with.

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It’s my old favourite, straightforward beanie, which I knit for a newborn up to three months old.

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I used a combination of yarn that I had left at home, turquoise, north sea and denim blue, which work out really well I think.

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I also knit a pair of booties, sticking with the same colours.

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I know I say this every time, but I really should write up this pattern as there are a few changes to the original pattern.

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I had some lovely buttons left in my stash, some that fit perfectly with the colours I had picked.

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I always wonder if people actually like these for baby boys, as they can look quite girly, but Max wore them for a little while and they looked very sweet on him. He did outgrow them very quickly though.

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And of course as always they needed one of my boxes.

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Here in all their glory are both, the booties and the beanie.

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My friend sent me a picture of his sweet, adorable boy wearing his beanie…makes me sooo broody, he’s such a handsome little guy.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 31st January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 1st February 2016.

 

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FO: Beanie on a Handsome Baby Boy

I am calling this the week of hats, although this is only the second hat I am posting about this week, it makes me think that I’ll continue to for the rest of the week.

This latest one is the cable beanie that I’ve knitted a few times already, and a friend from my CrossFit class that I attended through the Summer last year ordered this for her little boy. By the way I am hoping to get back to my class, but have been plagued by sciatica problems…I blame my heavy baby boy!

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I knitted the 9-12 months size after my friend gave me the right measurements. She liked the blue and turquoise combination, but I picked the exact combination.

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I used some DROPS Baby Merino from the stash, but also ordered some to be able to complete the beanie.

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I also knitted a pair of booties for her gorgeous boy, in a bigger than usual size, which actually worked a treat.

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I just added another 10 stitches when casting on and kept the rest of the pattern as it was, so the booties ended up a size 11 cm as per my friend’s request.

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I also picked some bigger buttons to go with the larger booties.

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I know the colour combination isn’t actually the same as the beanie, but it’s as close as I could get it.

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Here are both, the beanie and the booties together.

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My friend’s gorgeous little man has been wearing his beanie a lot, as far as I know and she sent me this gorgeous picture of him…he is such a handsome little man.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in electric blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-24th January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in denim blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 22nd-23rd January 2016.

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FO: Baby Sock

A friend who had a baby in 2014 asked me to knit some warm socks for him.

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I had some leftover navy DROPS Merino Extra Fine at home and used it for this pattern.

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The fun about this pattern is that it knits up very quickly, and it makes them extra cosy and ‘snuggly’ as Luke would say.

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The cables that run down the cuff of the sock look really sweet.

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And my friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous little man wearing them, doesn’t he look happy?

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Pattern:
 Socks by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 24th October 2014.

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo

In February last year I knitted a sweet beanie and booties combo for the daughter of my old client. She had a little girl later on in 2015.

At the time that I was knitting these I didn’t know whether they were having a boy or a girl, so I picked these neutral colours.

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I don’t need to write anymore about these booties, I think, I’ve knitted them often enough and written about them often enough too.

And the beanie is an old favourite too from DROPS Design, I’ve blogged about it loads too before.

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Here’s the combo in all it’s glory, it was very well received too!

STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light grey and pistachio.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 26th February 2015.

Beanie
Pattern: Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in light grey and vibrant green.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 29th February-1st March 2015.