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Finished Object: Two Amigurumi Giraffes

It’s funny, I used to be mainly a knitter. That is, until a friend asked me if I could imagine crocheting a couple of giraffe’s for a friend of hers who was having twins. I thought about it for a little bit, and thought: “why not…I will give it a try”.

That simple request has opened up an entire world of incredible amigurumi animals, dolls, etc. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. I thoroughly enjoy making each and every one of these toys.

So, I made a pair. Using a rather brilliant free pattern by Jess Huff. It’s pretty straight forward and really easy to follow, even for a beginner amigurumi maker…which I was at the time. I used some DROPS Cotton Light yarn, brilliant for these sorts of projects.

I used a hell of a lot of stuffing to make sure both of these guys were stiff and properly filled. I also ordered myself some safety eyes, after all, if this is a toy for a child I want to make sure that it’s 100% safe!

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Pattern
: Ginnie the Giraffe by Jess Huff.
Yarn: DROPS Cotton Light in light pink, mint, blue.
Hook size: 3mm
Crochet time: 1st – 8th September 2019.

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Finished Object: Body Suit

Another one from the archives, this time with my sweet little boy in it. I had this pattern from Drops Design on my list for a while before I decided to make it for Max for his first Winter when we still lived in England.

It’s a beautiful pattern, with ribbing all over, making it very stretchy. The front eyelets add a wonderful detail to it, and its buttoned in the crotch, making nappy changes easy. It’s not the best looking piece if it isn’t being worn, but it is just so practical.

I used DROPS Baby Merino yarn, which is really soft on the skin and it can actually be washed on a gentle machine wash…a win-win for a baby knit. My only mistake was making it the size that Max should have worn at that age, but he was such a big boy he wasn’t able to wear it for very long. Still worth it though!

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Pattern:
 B25-30 Simply Sweet by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in Olive.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 3rd-7th December 2015.

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Finished Objects: Piles of Baby Knits

If you follow me over on Instagram you will have seen some of the piles of baby knits I have posted about the last couple of days. These are all items from way back when in 2013.

The first lot was a number of items for really good friends of mine and in fact we used to be neighbours back when I lived in Surbiton, England. We had many, many good times together. And while we are still in touch we live on different continents now, Kim and her family are in South Africa. Kim is actually the genius behind my gorgeous logo.

First up a pair of baby booties that I used to knit all the time. In fact I had made so many of these over the years, they only took me 2 hours to make. I have’t made a pair of these in a while now. The pattern is based on Saartjes Bootees with some of my own variations.

Second up the sweetest little baby bonnet, perfect for a sweet baby girl. From the DROPS Design team, my go to for easy, but classic baby knit patterns and best of all, they are free!

And finally a little cardigan with extra flounce. Also from the guys at DROPS Design.

I had also made her a blanket, which I blogged about here. Don’t you think it makes as pretty pile of goodies?


The second pile of baby knits was for another good friend of mine, who I went to boarding school with in England for a year in 1996. Her baby boy was born very early and when I found out I quickly got busy and knitted up some extra special items for this extra special boy. As you can see in the final picture, this little cardigan was waaaay too big for him initially, but he eventually grew into it and in fact my friend loved it so much she ordered two more from me…

I also knitted up a very thick, very simple blanket for this little nugget. It kept him very warm indeed. No pattern for this one, I just made it up as I went along.

This sweet little boy also received a pair of baby booties (my own pattern), which I blogged about here and a cable beanie, blogged about here.


The final pile of baby knits was for friends of ours, old friends of my husband. Their son was born exactly two years after our eldest on the same date. They also lived in London for some time, but have now been back in Sydney for a couple of years.

First off, a little cardigan. This has been passed on to other babies since, which makes me beyond happy. It’s a Drops Design pattern, one that I have knitted a few times.

Some more booties, socks and a little hat, a complete outfit!

The final pile… I have to say I love knitting all kinds of things…but still my favourite knits are baby knits.

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Finished Object: Alma’s Ruffle Suit

I have so many knitted and crochet things I want to share with everyone, so brace yourselves! The list goes back a few years!

First off, this absolutely adorable suit made for my niece back in December 2018.

It’s such a simple pattern with such a great finished effect. That straightforward stockinette knit makes for very easy and quick knitting too.

I used DROPS Baby Merino yarn from my stash and 3mm needles. The thin yarn and small needles might give the impression of being a longer project, but as I made the 6 months size it knitted up rather quickly.

The oversized collar just adds that little bit extra to a very useful, but also very stylish little piece for that special little lady in your life! My niece also looks cute as pie in it, wouldn’t you agree?

Isn’t she just adorable? That little face and the colour of the suit works beautiful on her.

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Pattern:
 Alma’s Ruffle Suit by PetiteKnit.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in Heather and Plum.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 16th-22nd December 2018.

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TBT: Gramps Cardigan

I know, it’s been a while… Life and knitting took over.

Some of you may remember I made my eldest a gorgeous little cotton cardigan, blogged here.

 

He wore it a lot and it’s a favourite of mine. How lucky was I to dress his little brother in it a few years later. Isn’t he just the cutest? Makes me all broody just looking at these these two boys of mine.

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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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Focus of the week: Hats

It’s getting cooler here in Australia, but should I really be saying that when most of the rest of the world is suffering through an endless Winter? Sorry folks, I wish I could send you some of our sunshine. But since I can’t how about seeing a collection of hats for the next few days?

First off….Simple, but effective beanies.

These beanies were a wholesale order for Greenwich Baby in Greenwich, using leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I love this pattern, it’s my go to for a quick baby hat. Most of the sizes I can whip up in a couple of hours. And even though it’s a simple pattern I feel that a lot can be done to it with yarn and colour choices.

Same hat, different yarn. The incredibly soft DROPS Nepal.

And yet again, same hat, different yarn. This time some DROPS Muskat.

This sweet hat is another one using DROPS Nepal and I saved this to last because look at the handsome little dude wearing it.

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Pattern:
 Cream Dream Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Merino Extra Fine, DROPS Nepal and DROPS Muskat.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Beautiful Summer Dress (knitted in 2016)

What is it about little baby dresses that make you swoon?

I love all the colours, all the lace and all the wonderful shapes you can make. A good friend from England asked me to make something that she was going to gift on. We settled on this sweet dress from Taiga Hilliard Design and since it was going to Australia it was made out of cotton.

It knit up quickly, even though I used quite small needles. The pattern itself was so easy to memorise and follow it just flew off the needles.

I love that vibrant pink and think it would look wonderful on any little lady.

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Pattern:
 Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 2016.

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FO: Baby Dress (knitted in December 2016)

It’s strange how you get used to knitting something one way, and then you do it another way and it all just falls into place. I used to only knit things like dresses and jumpers from the bottom up, but as soon as I had knitted one thing from the top down I immediately fell in love with this type of construction. This beautiful little baby dress is no exception.

It’s a wonderful pattern by Ruth Maddock and can be found on Ravelry. I knitted this for a friend who I went to school with many years ago, who had a baby girl in 2016. According to my Ravelry details I knit this in December of that year.

I used some pure wool yarn that I had in my stash, so I am unsure of the exact details, but I knew it needed to be warmer as my friend lives in Scotland. It was a quick knit and apart from the lace work on the yoke and the hem it’s very straight forward stockinette stitch.

The lace pattern itself is easy enough to remember and the yoke repeats in them, which is a nice touch. I made one minor adjustment and did a picot bind off on them, which really completes it. I first did a picot bind off a few years ago, but reminded myself of how to do it with this article on Love Knitting, a great resource!

My friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous girl wearing the dress, and doesn’t she look scrumptious?

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Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock.
Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-24th December 2016.