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Winter Coat – in Summer?

I know I’ve been quiet for a few days, but it’s so lovely and sunny outside so I want to spend my time outside in the sunshine! Anyway, here is a winter coat that I made for the same friend that I finally finished the white shirt for, see my post from 6th May.

It is another case of the picture having been taken before I owned a digital camera, so the picture isn’t brilliant, but it gives a good idea of the style of the coat. It’s a basic winter coat made from wool fabric and a nice strong satin lining. It closes with buttons, which are hidden.

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Stripes Suit You

This is a little vest I made for a friend’s baby. It’s especially useful in summer as it has no sleeves!

It was a very nice and easy project, made from cotton yarn not wool yarn. There isn’t really much else to say about it.

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Long Awaited Shirt

My friend in Germany originally bought the material for this shirt about 3 years ago, and shame on me, it has taken me until now to complete it.

It’s made from a really nice material, cotton-like but a little bit thinner then that. Especially suitable for the coming summer months, although I’m sure my friend would have liked it last summer as well.

I followed another Burda pattern, but can’t really remember which one it was. I think it’s worked out quite well, and I hope my friend thinks the same!

Here, to finish off, some nice detail pictures.

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Angel Yarns

Sorry, no picture today, but a link to an amazing yarn shop for Europe: Angel Yarns

The variety of wool, cotton and any other yarn that this shop can provide is dazzling. I have to admit I’ve only ordered from this shop once, but I’m still using the wool, which is a testament in itself! I recommend anyone in the UK to visit the shop, especially as prices are very competitive!

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Dressed to Impress

The following design is another of my own creation (I might even put the pattern up on here one day!) It’s a little reversible suit on which I even make the buttons myself. I’ve made a few of these, and they’ve always been loved by the parents and the little ones that are wearing them.

I like to make the jackets with reversibly different colours, I’m not a big fan of having blue clothes for boys and pink clothes for girls. I think as long as it fits, it shouldn’t matter what colour the baby clothes are.

Here are the trousers, again reversible, and they can also be extended a little bit, in case a baby has legs that are that little bit longer!

The pattern is incredibly easy, and the sewing itself is also very quick. It’s taken me one evening before to make the entire outfit, so it can be a nice and quick little project that can make a very good present.

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The Smallest Hat in the World?

This is a multi-coloured hat I made for my friends baby. However, the hat was so small it only really fit the baby for about a week or so.

The colour combination works really well, I think, as it can be worn by either boy or girl. It’s a very straight forward pattern, taken from the same magazine as the booties (pity I don’t have the front cover anymore, it would have been good to let people know).

It’s a straight T-shaped piece of knitting that then gets sewn together. When finished it makes a very nice shaped little hat.

So on to my other projects. I’ve finished my friend’s shirt, I only have to iron it before sending it on to him and more importantly taking a picture to put up here. It’s worked out really nicely, a white collared shirt with a drawstring front, is anyone else thinking of pirates?! I’ll make sure I put it up soon!

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Starry Starry Night

This was the one piece of sewing that took me the longest. Probably because It was all sewn by hand?! It’s a quilt that was made from simple cotton, with a star design, see picture:

The fact that it took so long to make made it that much more rewarding when it was finally finished. It’s found a very good home with a good friend of mine.

I’d like to think of this quilt as a bit of a work of art, especially as it looks rather good, don’t you think?

The back was a bright red, which works quite nicely.

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Socks Galore

I’ve knitted my fair share of socks in my life, strangely enough I don’t often take pictures of each pair. But trust me there have been lots.

This is a very large pair and socks, as many of you will know, can be made in all sizes. However, I’ve not yet made a baby or toddler pair of socks, maybe it should be one of my next projects?

Now, I’m currently working on a few different things: a shirt for my friend (he’s been waiting for this for about a year or so), a baby cardigan (knitted) and a little dress (sewn). I’ll put them all up as soon as I’m done. In the meantime I’ll make sure all the stuff that I’ve previously made gets added on here!

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The Cello Dress

Firstly I’d like to thank myknittingblog for the first comment, I feel like I belong now!

I designed and made this dress and trouser combination about eight or nine years ago, for my best friend Kerstin. She plays the cello and needed a dress that she could wear for performances.

The design process was quite challenging, although it might not be immediately apparent. I initially drew the design and then made a first version out of cotton, which enabled me to make some minor edits and changes as I was sewing the cotton version.

Kerstin had bought some satin/silk in this luscious red. It’s not very visible on these pictures, but the dress is basically open on both sides to just above the hip. This ensures that the bellbottom trousers go underneath and while Kerstin is wearing the dress it looks like it is one dress. However, when she sits down the legs come out, so enabling her to play the Cello.

It was challenging making this combination, but also very rewarding, as my friend was very happy and pleased with the end result.

And doesn’t she look lovely in it?!

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These booties are not made for walking!

These kinds of boots have seen many baby feet. I like to knit them for pretty much anyone that is having a baby, as they are very easy to make. The choices of colour combinations are also quite inspiring, as no two every look the same.

I am usually able to knit one pair in one night in front of the TV. Strangely enough I find I knit quicker when I’m not actually looking at my knitting, apart from when I absolutely have to, what’s with that?

When I first started knitting these booties about 12 or 13 years ago, the pattern came from a German magazine that had many patterns of baby clothes. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name, as I have used it so much that the front cover of the magazine has disappeared.

I have over the years made some minor changes to the pattern and have personalised it a little bit. Overall it is an easy knit that makes a very nice present!