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I may have counted my weeks wrong this year, so I am one week ahead with my pictures. Bonus pictures will be posted next Sunday…and then I have to think about whether to do it again next year. It’s a lovely record of my boys, particularly in the year that we moved…

Luke: Cool dude, new sunnies and a watch for Xmas! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-3200).

Max: such excitement! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-200).

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

Luke: This boy has been counting down to Christmas since September… (Canon EOS 550D, f/5, 1/50 sec, ISO-3200).

Max: his hair is long enough for a little pony tail, doesn’t he look cute? And what about his little romper? (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/500 sec, ISO-1600).

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

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Luke: Gingerbread house decorating…most of the sweeties went in his mouth! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO-400).

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Max: that face!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO-200).

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

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Luke: absolutely LOVED the zoo! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-160).

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Max: all animals in the Australian area were ‘mouse’…sweet boy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Baby Dress

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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And I just love that little tongue!

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Pattern:
 Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in heather.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 29th June-4th July 2016.

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

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Luke: reunited with his bike, he has been busy practising! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: didn’t love the water and the beach at first, but warmed to it… next time he might even go in the water properly. (Taken on my Google Nexus camera.)

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I just had to add this photo of my boys fixing, working, getting Luke’s bike ready!

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

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Luke: back on a trampoline…so happy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-200).

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Max: it has started…he is now teases his brother as much as Luke teases him! (Canon EOS 550D, f/4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO-3200).