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FO: Bright Pink Socks

Knitters tend to have a love/hate relationship with knitting socks. I actually love making them, and I tend to have a pair on the go as my small to-to ‘travel’ knitting project. The following pair I knitted for one of the au pairs (or care professionals as we call them as they are fully trained specialists) who I supported during her time here in Australia. She is a pink-fanatic, as you can see!

The pattern was one that I had in my Ravelry queue for a few years is the Snowfall Socks by Tabitha Gandee. I am pretty sure the yarn was from 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. The socks were easy to make, I had to pay attention to make sure the purl pattern on the top of the sock was right, but apart from that they flew off the needles.

It’s funny, pink, much like red, is really hard to photograph well. But I guess the brightness of the yarn shines through in these photos.

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FO: A Skirt for a Tea Pot (Tea Cosy)

Sometimes you just have to make something that might seem ridiculous to most, but is actually fun to make and very, very practical.

When my friend asked me whether I could make her a tea cosy for a specific tea pot, I was very happy to oblige! I searched on Ravelry to find the right pattern, and got started. I was able to use a fair bit of leftover yarn that I had in my stash and was even able to stick to the green theme my friend requested.

The way the pattern is designed, it gives the tea cosy a real insulating quality. And it looks pretty chic at the same time!

A quick knit, and a pretty clever pattern too!

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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: Knitted Flowers Last Forever

Knitted flowers are such a pleasure to make. A couple of years ago I made a bunch of them for a good friend’s daugher and made it into a beautiful flower crown.

These are mainly from this beautiful book: 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield. It’s a treasure trove for many different flowers and even some vegetables, I highly recommend it.

Some of the flowers I had knitted in previous years, so really, all I needed to do was make the crown, which I did by knitting up a tube and threading a wide elastic band through it. And then sewing the flowers onto that crown.

Before I posted this beauty off to my friends daugther I had to take some pictures of me wearing it. It made me so happy.

Doesn’t it make your heart sing? My friend was kind enough to send me some pictures of her daughter, who is a genius with make up, check her out!

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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: Lake Effect Shawl

I never used to knit shawls, but then a couple of years after I made the first one (a Fantoosh by Kate Davies Design), the bug well and truly got me. Now, I tend to knit shawls with fingering yarn. But when the stunning colours of Wren & Ollie’s Spin DK popped up on my Instagram last year, I knew I had to find a suitable shawl for this particular yarn.

And this stunning Lake Effect Shawl by Cheryl Toy from Little Church Knits was just the ticket!

I knitted this beauty on our holiday in Byron last year, and it was the perfect project. An easy to follow pattern that I could knit while sitting on the beach and watching my kids. The fact that it called for DK yarn, made it a beautifully quick projec, despite a large size when completed.

I love the colours, they are perfect for Autumn, which is when I started wearing this beauty. People never realise how cold it can get during the changes of season here in Australia!

Funny story about these pictures, a good friend of mine took them for me, on a stinking hot Summer day in Sydney.

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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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Finished Knit from 2014: Adult Cardigan

I am almost embarrassed to say how long ago I knitted this cardigan…January 2014. It was made for a good friend of mine back in the UK.

I love this simple but elegant cardigan. It’s a DROPS Design pattern, I remember knitting a lot of their patterns back in 2014. In fact, I don’t remember much else about this knit (hangs head in shame)….but I know my friend loved wearing it.