Sometimes you just have to make something that might seem ridiculous to most, but is actually fun to make and very, very practical.
When my friend asked me whether I could make her a tea cosy for a specific tea pot, I was very happy to oblige! I searched on Ravelry to find the right pattern, and got started. I was able to use a fair bit of leftover yarn that I had in my stash and was even able to stick to the green theme my friend requested.
The way the pattern is designed, it gives the tea cosy a real insulating quality. And it looks pretty chic at the same time!
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.
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.
I have so many knitted and crochet things I want to share with everyone, so brace yourselves! The list goes back a few years!
First off, this absolutely adorable suit made for my niece back in December 2018.
It’s such a simple pattern with such a great finished effect. That straightforward stockinette knit makes for very easy and quick knitting too.
I used DROPS Baby Merino yarn from my stash and 3mm needles. The thin yarn and small needles might give the impression of being a longer project, but as I made the 6 months size it knitted up rather quickly.
The oversized collar just adds that little bit extra to a very useful, but also very stylish little piece for that special little lady in your life! My niece also looks cute as pie in it, wouldn’t you agree?
Isn’t she just adorable? That little face and the colour of the suit works beautiful on her.
STATS Pattern: Alma’s Ruffle Suit by PetiteKnit. Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in Heather and Plum. Needle size: 3mm Knitting time: 16th-22nd December 2018.
I know, it’s been a while… Life and knitting took over.
Some of you may remember I made my eldest a gorgeous little cotton cardigan, blogged here.
He wore it a lot and it’s a favourite of mine. How lucky was I to dress his little brother in it a few years later. Isn’t he just the cutest? Makes me all broody just looking at these these two boys of mine.
I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.
It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.
It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.
The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.
I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.
And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.
My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.
STATS Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my youngest in this adorable Summer romper.
When I asked him this week if he wanted to wear a little cotton romper I knitted for him (in size 3 years) and he excitedly said yes, I was very pleased. Then I realised that I hadn’t even blogged about it here. It was one of the last pieces I knitted in England, before we made our big move to Australia last August.
I used cotton yarn, specifically DROPS Muskat, which is a lovely mercerised cotton. It has a wonderful sheen on it, and this ‘apple green’ is such a wonderfully bright colour.
The suit itself is a Tiddelibom pattern, originally written in Norwegian, some of their patterns are translated into English, including this one. It’s a very well presented and written pattern, with a lot of detail and I was able to knit this romper in a couple of days (even in between packing up).
The beautiful leaf pattern in the middle runs the entire front and back of the romper and is just such a joy to knit and absolutely beautiful to look at. I was fortunate to have some leaf buttons in my stash, which I was able to add on the front (even though they are only for decoration) and four extra ones to close the romper, even allowing for growth.
But my youngest is such a big boy, he will be three in March, but has already been wearing clothes for a four year old for about six months. So I knew that we needed to make the most of wearing it. So without further ado, here’s Max wearing it.
STATS Pattern: Olavas Summer Suit by Tiddelibom. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 25th-28th July 2016.
An old friend who I went to school with in England had a baby girl earlier this year. And of course, I knew exactly what I wanted to knit for her.
This is the Lizzy dress pattern by Taiga Hilliard, available on Ravelry. It is one of many dress patterns by this designer, all of which are absolutely stunning, and some of which I have already knitted.
What I love about this pattern and all the others from Taiga is that they are all knitted top down, with minimal seaming. An absolute dream!
The details like the lace pattern on the yoke, which is repeated at the hem make this a sweet little dress. Additionally, even when this doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can still be used as a tunic or a top.
I used some DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk that I had left in my stash, which is a combination of baby alpaca and mulberry silk, making it incredibly soft and also luxurious.
It’s not a superfast knit as it calls for 3.5mm needles, but I found that just as I was starting to get a bit bored with the stockinette stitch I had to start on the lace section for the hem. Thus making it quite interesting.
I was trying to get a bit artistic with my photos, and since I had some roses that were coming to the end of their life, I thought why not add them in the picture. Too much, what do you think?
Fortuitously I had some sweet mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash that I was able to use.
My friend was a very happy recipient and this week she shared some adorable pictures of her sweet girl wearing it…this here is why I love knitting baby clothes, such a sweet sight.
On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).
This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.
I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result. I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.
The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.
The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.
The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.
I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.