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FO: Bonnie Lad in a Bonnie Hat

Earlier this year I knitted a hat and bootie combo for an old friend that I used to work with. She had the most gorgeous little boy and he’s lucky to be sharing his name with my little man: Luke.

He’s absolutely adorable, but let’s talk about some knitting first. I knitted the old favourite of the DROPS beanie hat and Saartjes Bootees.

This is the hat:

Even though my friend knew that she was having a boy I still went with a colour that I think could also work for a girl.

Here are the booties:

I choose some buttons from TextileGarden, which work very well indeed.

And now, here’s a final look at the booties and the hat.

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And now, would you look at gorgeous Luke in his hat?

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FO: Peachy Dress on the Cutest Little Darling Girl

Earlier this year an old friend and colleague asked me to knit something for her niece Charlotte. And lucky for me she picked one of my favourite dress patterns from DROPS.

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I love knitting this pattern. It’s easy enough that I don’t have to concentrate hugely when knitting, but is interesting at the same time, creating a lovely lace skirt and top. My friend didn’t want sleeves on it and I actually think it works much better without sleeves. That way it can be worn either with a little shirt or T-shirt underneath or if it is hot enough without.

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My friend picked the colours and I am really pleased how well the peachy colour works with the white. I then decided on the colours for the flower and I think it just adds a little bit extra with that deep red.

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Because I used the DROPS Safran cotton it was really nice to knit as well, especially as I knit it earlier in the Summer when it was a little bit warmer. It makes such a difference not to have knit with wool when it is warm/hot.

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For the border I used a straightforward picot crochet stitch that gives it a nice, girly finish.

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Doesn’t the little skirt look great with that lacy pattern? Due to its width it does take a little longer to knit, but it is definitely worth it for the end result.

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And here’s a view from the back, you can really see how nice the back bit looks here.

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Just yesterday my friend send me pictures of her gorgeous niece wearing the dress, and I just had to share them with you. Isn’t she just the cutest little girl?

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Blogtoberfest Day 29: Knitting Group

Yes, this evening I will be attending a knitting group. I have in the past visited a ‘stitch and bitch’ group, but have never attended a local knitting group. However, I have high hopes for this one. It’s called the Charlton Knitters, I live in Charlton, London currently so hence the name. And it came out of a Facebook group called Charlton Mummies, which is the most useful and active group I have ever come across on social media. It’s just fantastic, you can ask a question and you’ll get a reply from a huge range of mums in the are…just brilliant.

Tonight, the knitting group, will be meeting at the lady’s house who started it and we’ll be knitting and drinking wine, or whatever else takes our fancy :-).

I’ll report back to let you know how it was!

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Blogtoberfest Day 25: FO: Baby Blanket

My old neighbours and good friends had a gorgeous baby girl earlier in the year. I’ve been meaning to post about the collection of things I made for them, but somehow haven’t got round to them. I remembered now as they’re moving to South Africa next week, a day that I knew was coming, but have been trying not to think about. So, firstly I made them a baby blanket.

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I used DROPS Paris yarn for this and because they knew they were having a girl I decided on this pink and green combo.

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I think the green works really well with the pink. I decided on a simple four purl and four knit stitches and then changing it after four rows.

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And I think my friends liked it for their gorgeous little girl Skyla.

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I just can’t believe they are going to be back home to South Africa, even though the last few years I’ve only seen them occasionally, the fact that they were just down the road made it much easier.

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Blogtoberfest Day 24: FO Wedding Favours

My good friend asked me to knit some flowers for her wedding favours/place settings for her wedding, which was last Saturday. So, I can finally show you what I made. Now, because there are loads and loads of them, I’ll just stick a few ones on here and if anyone wants to see the full lot you can have a look on my Ravelry.

So, first I knitted about 16 roses, which you can see above and secondly I knitted 16 rose buds, which you can see below. These are made from the 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stansfield book, which is absolutely brilliant!

And would you have a look at them all together in all their glory.

And finally I took some pictures at the wedding of these little beauties on the plates. Everyone seemed to love them, so that’s a success story for sure!


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Blogtoberfest Day 22: FO Leg Warmers

Earlier this year I made a pair of leg warmers for the friend that used to lead the Steiner parent and child group that Luke and I used to go to.

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I knitted this, according to my Ravelry, between 30th January and 4th February this year.
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They’re a DROPS pattern that called for great chunky yarn, And they were a nice, quick knit.
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I love the simple cable on the front, and I am sure that they are very, very warm.
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