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FO: Ankers Suit

There is something very sweet about babies in knitted rompers. And they are equally suitable to baby boys and baby girls. The Ankers Suit from PetiteKnit had been in my Ravelry for a few years, I was really keen to make it for someone’s baby. I love Mette’s simple, yet classic designs.

I have been on a mission the last few years to use up the yarn I have in my stash. And no, that doesn’t mean I don’t buy any new yarn, it just means I am a bit more considerate about when I need to buy new yarn and I will dive into my stash first to see if I can find something suitable. This incredibly lush and soft yarn is from my stash and I knew it needed to be used for a baby garment of some kind.

I also knew that it was high time that I made the Ankers Suit. An old colleague and friend was due with her third child last year, her first baby boy. This was the perfect gift for her. I had made items for her two girls as well, and she always loved what I knitted for her.

I am so happy with the end result, I love the pattern. It’s so straighforward, but with that added yoke detail. I also adore how the colours interplay with each other. I am calling this a great success. I knew it would be a little bit big, and I had hoped that I got the seasons right and my friends son would be able to wear it at the right time. Imagine my surprise when she tagged me this week on Facebook in her sweet, now 1 year old, wearing his romper. What a joy!

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FO: Baby Boy all in Green

This little ensemble was made for a friend, who had her third boy earlier this year. She briefly worked with me last year and she’s a fellow German expat living in Australia. I knew straight away what I wanted to make for her when she told me she was expecting.

These were patterns that had been in my Ravelry queue for a little while. The only one I had made before was Little Brother’s Romper by Petite Knit.

It’s a great knit, as it calls for Aran weight yarn, and I had some wonderful in my stash that I was able to use for it. It’s a wonderfully quick and very straightforward knit, a credit to designer Mette Wendelboe Okkels, the face behind Petite Knit.

The second item was the sweet Waldzipf beanie by Ducathi. A simple, yet beautiful little hat that also knits up really quickly.

And finally a pair of Johannes Booties by Sophie Noix. Such a beautiful pattern, really well thought out and a joy to make.

I had some DROPS Baby Merino left in my stash that I was able to use for these. Now, the absolute best thing about making baby clothes and gifting them, is receiving pictures that I am allowed to share. I mean…..

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FO: They Call me Mellow Yellow

This sweet little romper/onesie was such a joy to make. Something about that sweet yellow and the fact it was for my youngest son’s preschool teacher, it just made it so special!

The pattern is an absolutely gorgeous piece, that I had in my Ravely queue for a few years. It’s simple to knit, but it makes a statement I think!

My friend had a baby boy, but I think the yellow would have worked for either gender. I particularly love the little flowers that pop up in this yellow piece. They would look very sweet on either a boy or a girl.

I had made a little hat for baby boy as well. I posted about it here.

There was an additional baby blanket, which I will post about another time. But for now. This is what this beautiful new mum received from me.

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FOs: Booties Galore

These little booties have been a go-to for quick and easy baby knits in the past. They are based on a free pattern that I have heavily customised in the past. I don’t even know how many pairs I have made of these… But I thought I’d share the ones I can find in my archives in this one photo-heavy post. I am going to start with the first lot made between 2013-2015… there are of course many more!

Starting with this sweet yellow pair I made for one of my husbands oldest friends when he had a daughter back in 2013. I used DROPS Muskat, a 100% mercerized cotton yarn for these, as they were going to Australia.

A girly pair, made in 2014 for an old work colleague. Leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I even used to make little boxes for the booties, the perfect gift!

Another 2014 make, a cotton pair for friends in Australia.

Two lots for a beautiful friend of mine who is a doula and I believe she was gifting them to clients or friends who had just had babies, also from 2014.

A pair for a little boy, made in 2015 for a Ravelry/Internet friend.

In 2015 I also briefly supplied a number of beanies and booties to a baby shop in Greenwich, UK, where we used to live, called Greenwich Baby. I made 10 pairs of booties in total!

Don’t they look great all in a row:

Another pair for a baby boy born in Australia.

For a baby boy in Germany.

A baby girl in the UK.

An order for one of my best friends, who was gifting them to another friend.

A pair for a fellow Mama who I met during a wonderful pregnancy exercise class.

A pair for a friend from school (when I still lived in Germany)…. they liked it so much that his wife ordered two pairs for twin girls.

And the two pairs for the twin girls.

A pair for a friend from my eldest son’s Steiner Kindergarten in England.

For a friend of a friend’s who also lives in Australia.

Another lot for a friend my best friend went to university with.

An old colleague of mine from my first serious PR job in the North of England, Morecambe to be exact.

And the final pair for 2015 made for my good friend and ex-housemate and his wife, I used to work with both of them in Lancaster, UK. They had a sweet baby girl back in 2015.

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FO: Amigurumi Bunny

Do you know how much fun it is to make Amigurumi toys? There is something very satisfying about crocheting random body parts, stuffing them and ending up with something as adorable as this little bunny for example:

I made this little lady for one of the au pairs I supported when she was here in Australia a couple of years ago. She had a baby girl earlier this year and I knew I absolutely had to make something for her sweet daughter.

I am so happy with how the bunny turned out. I followed a free pattern that I found online. I did change it up a little bit and added eyes and of course I picked different colours for the clothes, but the end result is particularly cute I think!

And little lady agrees! She really seems to like it!

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Finished Object: Brilliant Elsamuetze

There are some knitting designers who come up with genious designs. One such designer is Irina Heemann, who started the Stricken Ohne Naht (seamless knitting). And her patterns are absolutely brilliant! I have eyed them up for a while, and had the perfect opportunity to make something when my youngest son’s preschool teacher was expecting a baby last year. I settled on the the Elsamuetze.

A very easy and quick knit, with very clever construction. It flew of my needles, and despite the fact that I was using DROPS BabyAlpacaSilke, a fingering yarn.

It’s a beautiful pattern that lies close to the baby’s head and keeps their little head nice and warm. I was pleased to have the DROPS yarn in my stash, as the Alpaca and Silk combination makes for a very soft and luxurious knit…perfect for a little baby.

The garter stitch and stockinette stitch combo is so effective. It just works! And we have one very happy little recipient. Doesn’t he look darling in his hat?

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Some Baby Knits

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.

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Finished Object: Simple Beanie

You know those projects that you can make in an afternoon? I love those kinds of projects. For example, a nice simple beanie, like this one:

It’s a very straightforward pattern that I have knitted countless times before and since. I like to make each beanie a little bit different by using different coloured yarn and by adding a little accent on the rim and the tip/top of the hat!

I knitted this hat back in October 2015 for my best friends daughter. I used up some of my DROPS Merino Extra Fine that I had left over from some previous projects. And if I remember right, it only took me a couple of hours to finish.

I adore these pictures my friend shared with me, and little lady is pretty chuffed with her hat. I also love this one with her big brother. Look at these two monkeys… I can’t wait to see them again at some point!

STATS
Pattern:
 Cream Dream Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in navy blue and cerise.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 9th October 2015.