I was sure that when I moved to Australia back in 2016 I wouldn’t be able to knit for myself anymore and more importantly I wouldn’t be able to wear any knits anymore. Imagine my happiness at discovering that this was not the case! Oh so happy!
Just a quick post from me today. A pair of baby booties from 2013. My own pattern, available on Ravelry.
The reason I put myself on a self-imposed hiatus of buying yarn is because I have a huge amount of absolutely gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that I need to use first. But before my hiatus started on 1st January, I put a couple of orders in…. Because it’s not just about buying the yarn, it’s also about supporting these small businesses.
The amazing Angela runs Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre from her Alpaca farm in Murrumbateman with her husband Matthew. She’s got such a great eye for stunning colour combinations. I have bought my fair share of skeins from her. This latest lot was in a sale and the colours are not my usual choices, but they really spoke to me… I think they will become a shawl or a couple of shawls.
These skeins are Qing Fibre, which I purchased from Yarn & Co, a store I visited in Melbourne a couple of times. Beautiful mother and daugther had to close their Fitzroy store during 2020 and are online only for now. I have not worked with the yarn before, but those sweet colours made me so happy!
The gorgeous Mia of Wren & Ollie always has enticing yarn colours. I used a kit of her yarn to make my Slipstravaganza Westknits Mystery Knitalong Shawl and the colours are just so wonderfully vibrant. This is a sock kit, which knits up into a stripy set…I can’t wait to make this.
I know it will be incredibly hard not buying yarn… It’s something I like to do whenever I visit a place and a new to me Local Yarn Store. But I also LOVE all the yarn I have purchased in the last few years and I NEED to make it into garments, socks, shawls, hats, etc. So really, I am making space for next year!
As most of you will know, I love knitting for friends, family and myself. But most of all, I absolutely LOVE knitting for my two boys. It makes me so happy that even though we now live in Australia I still get to knit for both of them! Just today my eldest has asked me to make him another jumper for the Australian Winter. Now that is the best praise and thanks I could ever ask for! So, I want to show you a jumper I made for him in 2014.
I loved making this for my son. It’s such a simple, but straightforward pattern. From the guys at Drops Design. I used very similar colourways of DROPS Fabel yarn, so the pattern isn’t necessarily as obvious as it could have been with more contrasting colours. But I still love it!
It’s a lovely jumper for in between seasons, as it’s light enough to just put on over a T-Shirt. I was sure that my youngest had worn it many times, but I only managed to find one picture of him wearing it…check it out at the end of this post. However, would you look at my sweet boy, this makes me beyond happy!
These fingerless mittens I made in January 2014 for a friend of mine who always had cold fingers. They were a quick and straightforward knit, using a Drops Design pattern.
I used some DROPS Merino Extra Fine in Navy blue, stunning yarn for all kinds of projects. I particularly like using it for baby knits. Despite a somewhat lacy pattern, this is a very quick knit…it might have something to do with the 3.5mm needles?
I used to love wearing fingerless mittens especially when knitting. But I haven’t had much use for them here in Australia ;-).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Making: The Arlo by Michelle Wang for Brooklyn Tweed for my eldest’s best friend, at the beach!
Cooking (aka dyeing): Easter eggs in true German tradition. What are your Easter traditions?
Drinking: Rooibos tea again….after a fairly long time…and it’s delicious!
Reading: Making Stories Magazine and I want to knit every single item.
Wanting: to have more time…to do what I love to do!
Playing: silly faces with my youngest in the morning.
Liking: culling things before our move into our own home!
Deciding: and trying to convince my other half what we need to buy after we move…new mattress, new TV, things for the garden…the list goes on.
Wishing: I had more time!
Enjoying: My eldest’s first and last camp as a Joey before he moves up to Cubs in Scouts.
Wondering: what will pop up next at work…it’s been pretty full on!
Loving: the bond these two are developing in the last month!
Pondering: what to knit for myself next!
Considering: whether to have another glass of wine.
Buying: yarn….so much yarn!!!
Watching: all the Marvel movies in the order they were released….it’s fascinating and my husband thinks I should move onto Star Wars next or Harry Potter… I have yet to be convinced!
Hoping: my eldest feels better in the morning!
Marvelling: at everything Tanis Fiber Arts comes out with.
Cringing: at the mess that inevitably goes with packing up a house.
Needing: new trousers…because Winter is coming!
Smelling: the most amazing flowers I received from my friend.
Wearing: nothing special.
Following: through on things I promised to do.
Knowing: that I will love tomorrow’s bush playgroup with the littlies.
Thinking: about my best friend in Scotland…missing her loads.
Admiring: the ‘shelter’ the kids built during the school holidays at the workshop put on by the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens.
Bookmarking: nothing in particular.
Coveting: yarn…always and forever more yarn!
Disliking: all the things I have to do before we move.
Opening: yarn from Wren & Ollie.
Feeling: tired…and I really should get to bed.
Snacking: earlier in the day on Strawberries.
Helping: others by giving away two guitars I was gifted.
Hearing: the diswasher downstairs.
Splicing: spit splicing….my new favourite way of joining yarn.
Celebrating: from afar my mum’s 70th birthday!
Forgetting: to bring back books to the library!
Winning: because he finally let the dentist check his teeth!
Sneaking: away with work to Manly Beach.
Embracing: family time on Easter Sunday at Kiama.
Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.
I love discovering new designers, especially when their patterns are as well designed and beautiful as those of Melody Hoffmann. In Melody’s words, she is inspired by nature, minimalism, folklore, wabi-sabi and shibuj. She designs garments and accessories that are full of texture, modern and simple.
A friend of mine asked me to make her a very specific top, with a deep back neckline and a ribbon. When I came across Melody’s Ginkgo top it was love at first sight. The simplicity of the construction is brilliant.
My friend and I picked the DROPS Belle yarn due to its cotton, viscose, linen content. It’s perfect for this top as the resulting fabric has wonderful drape. It’s a wonderful yarn that feels great when being knitted and even better when it’s worn. I wanted my friend to get as much wear out of her top as possible, so this was the perfect choice of yarn.
There were a few moments where the endless stockinette stitch was starting to get a bit tedious, but just when it did the neckline for the front and the back came into play. And knitting became interesting again. I could have added i-cord ties to it, but my friend was keen on satin ribbon, and I think it makes the top, it’s such a luxurious addition. And doesn’t my friend look wonderful wearing it?