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.
This one is a gem. I have made this cardigan a few times already, but I love when the intricate pattern is coupled with a sophisticated grey. It just looks smart!
It’s a pretty genius pattern by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. Not only does it call for tubular cast ons to make the hem and the sleeves look very polished, those cables are to die for!
Pretty special this construction, don’t you think? I love collection the team at Brooklyn Tweed comes out with, they always have that special something!
And you know what makes me even happier? A warm and happy recipient!
Socks are one of those projects that are easy to carry around, for that reason I like to always have at least one pair on the go. It’s nice to be able to grab them for any potential #knittingwhensitting time. As any knitter will know there is nothing worse than having some free time and nothing to work on.
This absolutely gorgeous pattern: Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations had been in my Ravelry queue for a good few years. I finally made this pair in January 2020. I am pretty sure I used some gorgeous 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co sock yarn, but unfortunately I didn’t note it down so I can’t be 100% sure.
I made them as a gift to an Instagram friend in Germany. She had shared some of her wishes and one wish was for some handknitted socks.
I am very happy with how they turned out and would knit this pattern again any day, if I didn’t have such a long sock queue on my Ravelry ;-).
Pattern: Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations
Yarn: Sock Yarn by 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. (I believe).
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-21st January 2020.
You know those projects that you can make in an afternoon? I love those kinds of projects. For example, a nice simple beanie, like this one:
It’s a very straightforward pattern that I have knitted countless times before and since. I like to make each beanie a little bit different by using different coloured yarn and by adding a little accent on the rim and the tip/top of the hat!
I knitted this hat back in October 2015 for my best friends daughter. I used up some of my DROPS Merino Extra Fine that I had left over from some previous projects. And if I remember right, it only took me a couple of hours to finish.
I adore these pictures my friend shared with me, and little lady is pretty chuffed with her hat. I also love this one with her big brother. Look at these two monkeys… I can’t wait to see them again at some point!
Pattern: Cream Dream Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in navy blue and cerise.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 9th October 2015.
I was sure that when I moved to Australia back in 2016 I wouldn’t be able to knit for myself anymore and more importantly I wouldn’t be able to wear any knits anymore. Imagine my happiness at discovering that this was not the case! Oh so happy!
There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.
I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.
Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.
Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.
Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.
The following made using DROPS Nepal too.
Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.
This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.
Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.
Pattern: Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.
I don’t feel like I am a particularly rigid person, but I have noticed since moving to Australia that I have still ‘stuck’ with my favourite suppliers for yarn and for buttons from England.
And that’s not to say that there are not amazing yarn companies and shops as well as button suppliers, including this wonderful gem: All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown, here in Australia.
Nonetheless, I love my yarn from DROPS and I love that I am still able to buy my yarn at Woolwarehouse and they ship it to me in Australia for a very reasonable £9.98. Equally, I will always love the buttons from TextileGarden.
The buttons from TextileGarden are simply divine. First of all they are not plastic, but shell, coconut shell, horn, ceramic, wood, metal, etc. I am always able to find the right button for the pieces I am knitting. I believe that if I am spending the time knitting something it needs to have the right button to match it!
Here’s just a tiny selection of the buttons that I’ve been able to use from TextileGarden.
I am still working my way through the FOs from the last few years and found the perfect one for throwback Thursday, my boy Luke when he was a baby in one of my knits.
I have to admit that I don’t actually remember the pattern, and I knitted it when I had just picked up my knitting mojo again in a few years. So it’s not the nicest cardigan I’ve ever knitted :-).
But I do like the colours I’ve chosen. The colours I picked after we were told we were having a girl, but then it changed to a boy…so I wanted to stick to gender neutral colours.
And I did find two shots of my little man wearing the cardigan…and almost entirely my handknits.
I can’t wait to put another baby in these things, only until March to wait :-).