I know Winter in Europe is slowly but surely melting away. But while I was going through my pictures today I remembered making not 1, but 2 of this particular hat for my good friend’s daughter in England. The first one I wrote about here.
Funny story, the first hat was passed on to a sister and it then encountered an accident and was placed on a lamp by mistake and got a little bit burnt. My friend and her daughters loved the hat so much that she asked me to make another one. I was very happy to oblige!
It’s a great DROPS Design pattern, that might give the appearance of looking quote complicated due to the colourwork, but it’s actually pretty straightforward. It’s knitted with two strands of yarn held double, which makes it a nice and quick knit. And it’s wonderfully soft and warm, definitly a hit!
I love these pictures that my friend shared with me almost 5 years ago now…I am embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to post them.
Unless you are into unusual animals, or have been or live in Australia it’s unlikely that you know about Quokka’s. Which is a shame, because they are pretty amazing. When one my au pairs (and good friend) returned home last year, I knew I HAD to make this little guy for her.
What fun I had making him. Quokka’s are pretty amazing animals. They are known to mainly live in the wild on Rottnest Island in Western Australia, and a couple of other places in Australia. They are known to be ‘the happiest animal in the world’ sparking the trend for ‘Quokka selfies’.
I used Schachenmayr Catania for this little guy and I think the colours work really well! And what about that little camera? Isn’t it just the cutest?
1. Take part in a rally driving session 2. Practice my violin 3. Make and donate items to charity 4. Proper rock climbing – with regular practice sessions: ON HOLD until my knee is better. 5. 40 different hikes/walks in NSW (or further afield if possible). I managed to complete three hikes this month, and on the last one I hurt my knee quite badly, so have been out of action. * Hike 1/40: Engadine to Heathcote Loop * Hike 2/40: Fitzroy Falls West Rim Track to The Grotto * Hike 3/40: Evans Crown Track 6. Hunter Valley wine tour 7. Canyoning 8. Obtain a boat licence 9. Trip to New Zealand (if possible) 10. Weekly photo of the boys. * 1/52 * 2/52 * 3/52 * 4/52 * 5/52 * 6/52 * 7/52 * 8/52 * 9/52 11. Daily photo for the entire year. ONGOING. 12. Write or blog most days. ONGOING. 13. Teach a craft class 14. No new clothes all year. ONGOING. 15. Regular outings as a family. STARTED: here. 16. Buy and own art: Done! See post about it here. 17. Use up my extensive yarn stash 18. Only buy yarn for specific commissioned projects. I had to order some yarn! 19. Visit 40 beaches, STARTED: * 1/40: Coogee Beach * 2/40: Bondi Beach 20. Roadtrip to the Outback 21. Beibehaltungsgenehmigung – Aussie Citizenship 22. Weekend away with Megan & Bettina 23. Memory quilts for the boys 24. Move every day for 30-60 mins. ON HOLD, due to knee injury. 25. Monthly video calls with family and friends, ONGOING. 26. Refresh Italian (penpal) 27. Practice and improve my swimming ability 28. Hot Air Balloon Ride 29. Sign up to do my ‘Master of Handknitting’ 30. Write 40 letters throughout the year. STARTED! 31. Cocktail making course 32. Stand Up Paddle boarding 33. Read more – aim for 10 books during the year. STARTED: The Testaments by Margeret Atwood 34. Random acts of kindness. STARTED and ONGOING 35. Plant roses: Done! See post about it here. 36. Drive in Movie: Done! See post about it here. 37. Roadtrip without destination 38. Regular German practice with the boys 39. Campervan holiday 40. 4 days away on my own.
I am hoping to have posted about all the completed knits I have made over the last few years by the end of this year… a pretty ambitious undertaking. I am not a slow knitter, so there are a lot of projects, I am not sure there are enough days in the year… I will need to double up!
This is The Little Chestnut pattern by DROPS Design. I used some DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk from my stash for this, making it a super soft little hat.
I didn’t follow any pattern here and used some sock yarn from my stash…I can’t remember exactly which one.
Who doesn’t love a pair of red boots? Especially when they are tiny. This is my own pattern, available for free on Ravelry.