I love my boys, they are my biggest achievement. Yet, there are days when being their Mama is harder work than usual. Today was such a day and while I think about how I could have handled the situation better or what I could have done differently, I know that by tomorrow morning everything will have been forgotten. And isn’t that an amazing thing? They don’t carry a grudge.
So without adding anything further here is my beautiful, crazy, whacky Luke in a hoody I knitted for him in in 2015.
I vividly remember knitting this for my boy, who’s favourite colour is green. As I wanted to use some yarn from my stash and I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the green DROPS Merino Extra Fine yarn I just added some stripes. I think it worked very well indeed.
The pattern is the Swashbuckle hoody from Ella Austin, find it on Ravelry. I adore the yarn that is used for some of the sample knits on the pattern, but as I had the right yarn at home, and more importantly the right colour, I knew I had to stick with it.
It’s a wonderfully fast knit especially when using the recommended DK/8 ply yarn. I knitted the size 4-5 and my son was 4 1/2 at the time these photos were taken. He had some room to grow into it and as he is particularly skinny I could have potentially changed the pattern. But what’s not to love about a warm, roomie hoodie in ones favourite colour?
Matching buttons were as always from TextileGarden. Boy do I miss them here. I can’t seem to find good quality buttons, not plastic, at an affordable price. The hoody still fit my son last year, but I think it may be time to move it down a couple of shelves to his brother’s pile as he will probably fit into it very soon. That just means I have to knit something new for Luke….Any suggestions there?
STATS Pattern: Swashbuckle hoody by Ella Austin. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green, dark blue, denim blue and light grey blue. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 28th August – 8th September 2015.
A good friend in England ordered a couple of cardigans from me in 2015. The first one is this sweet number:
I love this sweet little cardigan, which I knit for her daughter in a size 3 years. My friend picked the colours and I love how the pink squirrels and the navy blue hearts came out. Such a sweet detail on the yoke of this knit.
It’s funny, colour work/intarsia always seemed such a hard thing to do when knitting. In fact, once you get the hang of it it’s really easy! I just haven’t found a solution yet when using four colours at once (a problem I am encountering with a current WIP).
I managed to find matching pink buttons at TextileGarden, which work really well and finish the cardigan off nicely. The pattern of course is from the team at DROPS Design.
And my friend loved it for her little girl. The neckline was a little big, which I also thought when I was knitting it, but because of the colour work it could be tricky to change it. If I were to knit this again I would add a couple of rows in single colours between the colour work to decrease some stitches.
STATS Pattern:Baby Squirrel by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue, light sky blue, old pink and off white. Needle size: 2.5mm Knitting time: 1st-15th May 2015.
A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.
It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.
It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.
It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!
STATS Pattern:Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white. Needle size: 5mm Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.
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!
Pattern: My own pattern. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Finein dark blue, purple, heather and red. Needle size: 3.mm Knitting time: May-September 2015.
It’s a shame I never remember to write down notes as I am knitting, as I would then be able to publish some patterns, like for example this sweet popcorn cardigan that I made back in April for a friend’s daughter.
I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.
I love everything about the end result, the colour, the amount of bobbles aka popcorn, which I was sure would be too much almost the entire time I was knitting it.
I love those bobbles all lined up, they look so sweet. And that yellow is such a happy colour. Making so many bobbles does take it’s time, but it’s so worth it.
I made this to fit a child aged 6-7, so the sleeves are a bit long, but that just means my friend’s daughter is able to wear it for longer!
I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!
I managed to find these buttons in my stash, which work really well with the finished cardigan, especially as I didn’t want to put something that took away from the bobbles.
I added pockets too, because 5-7 year old kids love pockets, don’t they?
Pattern: My own improvisation. Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.
So, this is me trying to get back to posting again regularly about my finished knitting (FOs). Even though I have been quiet on that front on here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been knitting like a maniac. I have so many amazing things to show you! But for today, since it is after my bedtime (which is 10pm by the way), here are some booties that I knit for an ex-colleague back in May 2015.
Regular readers of this blog will know that this is my version of Saartjes Bootees that I have knit up several hundred times now.
They are still my favourite gift to knit up for someone that is expecting. I love them especially because they also enable me to knit up some leftover yarn from other projects. This particular pair was knit up in DROPS Muskat.
The other thing I love about these booties is that I can knit them in 2 hours flat. The sewing up takes a little longer, but I can basically whip up 5 pairs of these in a weekend.
And of course they fit perfectly into the little cardboard boxes I make to present them in. The perfect gift!
Pattern: My own. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in petrol and blue. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 16th May 2015.
A friend that I studied Journalism with had a baby boy at the start of this year. Even though I haven’t seen my friend since I finished my studies in 2004 I still wanted to knit her something. So I knitted my usual go-to beanie and bootie combo.
The beanie is my old favourite from DROPS, and I knit this up in the 0-3 months size since it was going to be a Winter baby.
I also knitted up my version of Saartjes Bootees in a matching green and light blue.
I boxed both of them up in one of my boxes and sent them off to my friend.
My friend sent me a picture of her sweet little boy in his little hat. Such a cutie.
Pattern: My own. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 18-19th December 2015.