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!
I made a bunch of hats for my brother’s family for Christmas 2013, every single one of them got a hat…there are five of them.
2013 Christmas hat for my brother
My brother received this hat, a DROPS pattern of course. He loved it, but then his nephew in Germany borrowed it and loved it so much he kept it. Now I take that as a great sign!
So towards the end of the year my brother asked if I could make him another hat, now for those who know me, I LOVE getting requests like this, especially when it’s from family! He really liked the hats I had made for his kids, see below, and requested one in his size. So I used the kids pattern and amended it to fit my head/his head.
2014 hat for my brother
2013 Christmas hat for my sister-in-law
My sister-in-law received this one, which I also knitted for myself and I wear mine all the time in Winter, I posted about it here. She tells me that she loves it too.
2013 Christmas hat for my niece
This one was for my niece Clara, who according to my brother wore it all the time and really, really loved it. The pattern is the same I used for my two nephews.
I told my sister-in-law that she could wash the hats, which stretched it and made it way to big for her to wear, so she asked if she could have another one, and she picked the red and white for the next one, which I just knitted recently.
2014 hat for my niece
2013 Christmas hat for my nephew
This hat was for my nephew, Yoan, who refused to wear any other hat throughout the entire year.
When his mum washed this hat, it shrunk to a size that simply didn’t fit my nephew anymore. So, he said he’d really want another one, but it had to be exactly the same.
2014 hat for my nephew
2013 Christmas hat for my nephew
My smallest nephew, Mateo received this one, which fit perfectly. But being under 1 at the time of receiving this his head grew and he needed a new one this Winter.
2014 hat for my nephew
Overall I made nine hats in total for them and they were all very well received, which makes me very happy indeed.
Back in November last year, after seeing my brother and his family in October, I was asked to knit another cardigan for my niece. I love it when I get requests like this from my family, especially as I’ve knitted quite a lot for my niece in the last five years. On that note, I can’t believe she’s already five.
I used this DROPS pattern, and my brother and his wife decided on the colour combination. I was meant to do the stripes in more random spots, but somehow they ended up like this. I actually like it, it gives it a certain geometry.
It’s a nice easy pattern that calls for stockinette stitch for most of the body and then goes into garter stitch for the yoke. I’ve done the ribs in the cerise and I think they add a nice little accent.
The buttons were ordered from TextileGarden, my favourite online button store. The choice there is just fantastic. I had one set of buttons and then added one of a slightly different colour as the first button…again it just adds a little something.
My brother, his wife and my niece were very happy with the cardigan. The sleeves are still a bit long, but I did that on purpose, so that she could grow into it.
I keep missing all the prompts for WIP Wednesday and FO Friday. So, today to kick-start my blogging I am posting a sweet picture of a cardigan that I made for my best friends little boy (he’s a not so little 3 years old now) and now it has been passed on to his little sister.
Looks adorable doesn’t she?
And this is her brother wearing the cardigan when he was younger.
In a final post about the Christmas presents for my brothers family from last year, here are the socks I knitted for him:
I don’t feel like I have to say that much about them, only that they definitely took much longer then the socks for the kids. So, in recap, here I posted about my sister-in-laws socks, here are the ones for my nephew and finally here are the ones for my niece.
And finally, here they all are in all their glory.
And to follow up on yesterday’s theme of trying to tie up loose ends, here are the socks I made for my niece for Christmas last year.
And like those for my nephew I posted about yesterday, these are just a straightforward sock pattern that I’ve been knitting in various sizes since I was about 15. My aunt actually taught me how to knit socks initially and I will never forget her patience whilst doing so.
I love this colour for socks, and Luke actually has the same pair in a few sizes smaller and he always gets comments on them, especially the colour. Who says pinks are only for girls, right?
I will try and tie up this series of socks for my brothers family tomorrow or at the latest on Monday so that I feel free to start the Christmas knitting for them for this year.
It seems that I’ve taken a bit of a longer off blogging than I thought. It doesn’t mean that I took off time from knitting. And for once I actually knitted something for myself. As you might remember I was in Germany at the end of August for my brothers wedding and I had a lovely dress that needed a nice bolero. So I knitted this:
It’s a lovely easy pattern, I started knitting it on Friday evening (the wedding was on Saturday) and finished it about one hour before the wedding.
I wasn’t too sure about knitting it out of mohair yarn as I thought it might be too hot, and I was right. But I was able to wear it in the church and later in the evening, just not during the day.
I’m really pleased with the end result and I think I look rather good in it :-).