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On the Eve of my 40th

It’s a funny old thing, tomorrow I will be officially classed as ‘middle-aged’. Imagine my shock and horror at hearing this just a couple of weeks ago when I hurt my knee. I was not impressed and I really don’t feel like I am ‘middle-aged’…apart from said injury. And really, you are only as old/young as you feel, right?

This is the first year that I wished I could celebrate this milestone with my twin brother, and not only because of the state of the world, but because it feels like a big milestone. Did you know that I have a twin brother? I have only celebrated with him once since I moved abroad when I was 15. That’s when he came to visit me in London. So really, it’s not much different to any other year, only it really feels different. Anyway, I will be celebrating him as well tomorrow!

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Meaningful Gifts

When we reach a certain age and have a birthday coming up, and people ask the question: ‘What would you like?’ I always struggle to come up with an idea.

I am pretty lucky to have everything I need, apart from time with friends and family far away, I am pretty content.

And then I receive a thoughtful gift from my aunt, with a lot of meaning behind it.

She has planted 50 trees with Oxfam for my birthday. She writes that because of the bushfires here in Australia in 2019-2020 she wanted to do something…. And I just love it!

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week for 2016.

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Luke: this boy turned five this last week, and he was so excited about his presents and his party! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO-1250).

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Max: Loving Luke’s birthday party and joining in on the trampoline filled with balloons. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Birthday Jumper and Luke’s Party

We celebrated two birthdays last week. My 34th was on Tuesday and I had a lovely day with Luke and some friends going to a local farm, in glorious sunshine. Then it was Luke’s 4th birthday, I cannot believe this little munchkin is now four years old.

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Luke had a birthday party organised through a friend of mine who runs a great children’s entertainment party, Punk Me Up Buttercup at her shop All Fired Up. Luke invited some of his Kindergarten friends and some other friends and they all had a fabulous time.

For his birthday, Luke got some toys and books from me and his Papa, but I also knitted him a birthday jumper. It’s this lovely DROPS pattern.

I love, love, love this pattern. It knits up really quickly, mainly because it uses DROPS Merino Extra Fine and I also went up a needle size after checking my gauge. Luke tends to need clothes that are size 2-3 years in width, but size 4-5 in length, so I knew I needed to make it a bit longer.

And I know I am biased, but I think Luke looks gorgeous in his birthday jumper, and he’s been wearing it loads since last week.

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Weekend Bits

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FO: Toddler Birthday Dress (with appreciation photos)

Here’s one of my latest finishes for 2015. A birthday dress for my best friends gorgeous little girl Faye, who just turned one year old.

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I wanted to give Faye an extra special birthday present, so agreed with my best friend the colours and pattern for this dress.

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I have been eyeing up this pattern for a while and had it pinned on my Pinterest for ages (ever since I found out I was pregnant and wasn’t yet sure whether I was having a boy or a girl).

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My friend wanted it in cotton, so I used DROPS Muskat, and she picked the colours. I LOVE them, they’re so sunny and bright.

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This is the first time I’ve knitted something from the top down, normally I knit from the bottom up and it’s brilliant as there’s only very minimal sewing up.

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And I love the knitted picot edge that was used on the top over the ruffled sleeves and I also used it on the bottom of the skirt, and it just looks sooo cute.

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The nice thing about this dress is all the little added details, like the puffed sleeves and the collar, which was really easy to knit on, knitting straight into the stitches that were already there.

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Also, due to the simple construction the dress can actually be worn either way, with the buttons in the front or in the back. Although, I think I like it better with the buttons in the back.

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And now the highlight, gorgeous Faye wearing her dress the day it was received in the post…one happy customer!

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