Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.
Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.
Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.
Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!
Pattern: I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.
The last few years I’ve seen lots of popcorn/pompom knits on Instagram and the blogs that I read. These have mainly been for babies, with a few exceptions. In fact, I have made my own share of popcorn items, including this kids popcorn cardigan, two popcorn jumpers for Mama and daughter (I have since made them two more as well) and a beautiful popcorn romper.
A good friend of mine in England saw the ‘Mama popcorn jumper’ and requested the same one in the same colour. Only she didn’t want it to be a cropped version. So in the midst of packing of our lives to move across the world from England to Australia in 2016 I knew that I absolutely HAD TO make this jumper for my friend.
And what’s so special about this jumper? It’s one of my own made up patterns. I have now knitted three versions of this exact jumper, the first one was a cropped version, this one and the third one were normal length. I love them and if I could carry them of I would totally knit myself one. What a happy recipient…need I say more?
Pattern: My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 31st July – 20th August 2016.
Back in February of last year a friend asked me to knit her a cardigan that she saw me share on here.
I had also knit this for another good friend, and I still need to blog about that here too. Unlike the other two versions, this one had long sleeves.
It’s funny, black never photographs very well, but it actually looks really nice.
This is actually a lovely pattern as it’s very classic and won’t really go out of fashion. the nice touches of the double moss stitch for the front and collar and the cuffs of the sleeves makes it extra special.
And as it calls for 5mm needles it actually knits up really quickly, even though it’s in adult size.
I also think it’s lovely and warm as it’s knitted with 100% wool from DROPS Design.
My finishing techniques are getting better and better, even though I’m not a huge fan of sewing up, I have taught myself how to finish seams so they look very professional.
Pattern: Silver Haze by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in black.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-28th February 2015.