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Homage to a Pixie Hat

There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.

I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.

Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.

Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.

The following made using DROPS Nepal too.

Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.

This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.

Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.

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Pattern:
 Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.

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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: Hoody for my First Boy (knitted in August/September 2015)

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?

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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.

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FO: Pixie Hat

Here’s a hat from 2016. I’ve made this a few times before, including one for Luke.

It’s the Collared Pixie pattern by Trude and is available on Ravelry for free. I made this for a friend who was gifting it on.

There’s not too much to say about this, it’s a fast and enjoyable knit. Luke was kind enough to model the hat for me before we passed it on.

STATS
Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in green and turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Dancing Squirrels Cardigan

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.

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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.

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FO: Hat

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!

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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.

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FO: PomPom Hats

A good friend from our school in England gave me a task last year, to make two hats for her children and she was very specific about what they should look like.

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Her daughter requested bright pink with two pompoms either side of the hat.

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She wanted ties that were plaited.

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The hat itself needed to have a cable pattern running all around it.

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And instead of decreasing for the head I kept it straight and did a three needle bind-off.

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I am very pleased with the final result, but I am kicking myself that I didn’t write the pattern down as I think I’d be able to sell it and any creations from it!

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My friend also ordered one in yellow for her son.

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My friend was sweet enough to send me pictures of her children wearing their hats…I just love them!

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Pattern:
 My own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Eskimo in hot pink and red rose, yellow and orange.
Needle size: 8mm
Knitting time: 28th-30th January 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.

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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!

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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.