Back in February 2014 I got a bunch of wool from a friend who runs an amazing company, Punk Me Up Buttercup. I then made her a little waistcoat for her son.
So, I used this DROPS pattern that I’ve used a few times before and since. But I actually made a huge mistake with this first waistcoat, and made the armholes way too big. So I knit another one in yellow.
I love this pattern, it knits up really quickly, and apart from sewing up the shoulder seams and the fake pockets there is no other sewing. How great is that?
I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?
The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.
The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.
This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.
Pattern: Junior by DROPS Design. Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: February 2014.
Back in November last year I made a chevron blanket for my good friend Kersti. It was originally meant to be for her sister as a Christmas present, but she loved it so much she kept it for herself…now that’s one happy customer!!!
I loved knitting this, and even loved the shades of black and grey, even though they are a bit more sombre than my usual knitting. The end result turned out really well.
The pattern is actually really easy to knit up, it just takes a couple of rows to get used to it, and then it flies off the needles.
I loved making this blanket so much I made one in some blues and greens for Max, so watch this space.
Last year in April I made a friend in Australia a poncho for her 40th birthday. She gave me free reign with regards to a pattern, but she wanted something in a muted colour, so we went with grey. I used this DROPS pattern, which was a great knit! It’s amazing though how much yarn it called for, which I realised when I had to cast on 408 stitches.
I love the details of this pattern, the leaves, cables and the flowers look just gorgeous. They might seem difficult when first looking at the pattern, but they’re actually really easy to knit. This was especially easy after a few repeats of the pattern, they just worked themselves.
The large collar worked in rib was a great end to the poncho.
As this is one of a few pieces that actually fit me I modelled the poncho.
I know I have previously written about how I can never seem to get the sizing of hats right for my main boy Luke, they always seem to end up too big. A previous post about the many hats for Luke is here. But I have finally managed to make him one that fits him great – that was until I washed it and until the DROPS Merino Extra Fine stretched out.
The pattern is this adorable Pixie Hat, available for free on Ravelry. It’s a very quick knit and the DROPS Merino Extra Fine works really well for it as it’s luxuriously soft, and it provides the right stretch (that is before you wash it).
And yes, Luke picked the pink and blue himself…a great metrosexual in the making here!
The great thing about this balaclava/hat is that it can be worn when it’s getting warmer outside, even when it’s already warm enough not to wear a jacket, as it will keep ears and heads warm!
And what about that pixie point at the back, isn’t it just brilliant?
This hat photographs best when it’s being worn, but just in case you were interested, here are some pretty boring shots of it lying flat:
Max, our little bundle of joy, is a “rainbow baby”. A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
Since Luke’s arrival 4 years ago we’ve had to go through the loss of 4 pregnancies. I only tend to get emotional about these at certain times, and I am a strong believer in the fact that it’s nature at work.
So when we found out that Max was ‘sticking’ around I knew that I wanted to knit some “rainbow” related things, in particular this baby blanket.
I used this pattern, which was a fantastically easy pattern. I know it looks very complicated, but it’s actually really straightforward to knit. The effect though, is brilliant!
I decided to knit this up as a cotton blanket, using DROPS Muskat, as I had plans for a woollen one with different colours. I decided on these particular colours as they show the wonderful gradient of a rainbow.
I also made the blanket extra large, so I am not sure I can actually call it a baby blanket. I wanted to make sure that Max can use it for a fairly long time, especially as the blanket I made for Luke is now very small and he’s just rediscovered it for his use.
My friend Amanda had a big birthday back in December, and as a gift I gave her a voucher for a knitted item. She picked this pattern and then decided on DROPS Big Delight, the Lava colourway. But after searching high and low for the yarn the only place I could order it from was from Germany, from the online shop: Lanade.
My friend was very keen on this colour combo, and I’m glad I was able to found it, because I love how it ended up looking.
I love the red, black and beige colours that came out in beautiful uneven stripes while knitting.
I actually ordered way too much yarn in the end, blame it on baby brain. I didn’t realise that each skein came in 100g rather than the usual 50g.
So, I’ve said to my friend I can knit something else for her, and she’s asked for a top for her 4-year old daughter, which is waiting on my queue.
I loved knitting this top, the yarn and pattern called for size 5mm needles, which meant that it actually knit up really quickly.
The pattern on the yoke came up beautifully, and it was so nice and easy.
Overall a lovely little pattern and my friend loves wearing it, and I love a happy customer!