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FO: Hoody for my First Boy (knitted in August/September 2015)

I love my boys, they are my biggest achievement. Yet, there are days when being their Mama is harder work than usual. Today was such a day and while I think about how I could have handled the situation better or what I could have done differently, I know that by tomorrow morning everything will have been forgotten. And isn’t that an amazing thing? They don’t carry a grudge.

So without adding anything further here is my beautiful, crazy, whacky Luke in a hoody I knitted for him in in 2015.

I vividly remember knitting this for my boy, who’s favourite colour is green. As I wanted to use some yarn from my stash and I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the green DROPS Merino Extra Fine yarn I just added some stripes. I think it worked very well indeed.

The pattern is the Swashbuckle hoody from Ella Austin, find it on Ravelry. I adore the yarn that is used for some of the sample knits on the pattern, but as I had the right yarn at home, and more importantly the right colour, I knew I had to stick with it.

It’s a wonderfully fast knit especially when using the recommended DK/8 ply yarn. I knitted the size 4-5 and my son was 4 1/2 at the time these photos were taken. He had some room to grow into it and as he is particularly skinny I could have potentially changed the pattern. But what’s not to love about a warm, roomie hoodie in ones favourite colour?

Matching buttons were as always from TextileGarden. Boy do I miss them here. I can’t seem to find good quality buttons, not plastic, at an affordable price. The hoody still fit my son last year, but I think it may be time to move it down a couple of shelves to his brother’s pile as he will probably fit into it very soon. That just means I have to knit something new for Luke….Any suggestions there?

Pattern: Swashbuckle hoody by Ella Austin.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green, dark blue, denim blue and light grey blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 28th August – 8th September 2015.

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FO: My Boy in a Sweet Romper

When Max was born I knew there were a few things I wanted to knit for him. One was the Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen who is behind Ministrikk. It’s such a sweet pattern.

I used some DROPS Baby Merino that I had left in my stash, luckily I had enough to finish the little suit. Because I wanted to knit up stripes I had to improvise a little bit for the pockets and for top just before getting to the straps.

But I think it adds to the finished piece. I doubled the straps as I wanted to make sure that they would hold and be strong.

Since Max was only four months old when I was knitting this, it took me a little longer than it usually would, but I am very pleased with the end result.

And doesn’t Max look gorgeous in it?

Pattern: The Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, navy blue and light sky blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm

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

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Luke: my beautiful boy in his May crown, for dancing around the Maypole. (Canon EOS 550D, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: fighting sleep at the Maypole festival, but always happy! (Canon EOS 550D, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO-100).

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

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Luke: lunching outside with Judith (my cousin twice removed and our lodger for the past few months). Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: eating whenever he can…he now loves sitting with Luke at their little table. (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO-640).

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

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Luke: loves green and tracky bottoms. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-640).

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Max: found his brothers pens…and loves going through them and eating most of them. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO-250).

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

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Luke: he doesn’t like breakfast a lot, but has found a new favourite: honey granola. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-400).


Max: he’s almost walking…and has taken a few steps unaided. His favourite thing is pulling out pots and pans and putting lids on them, he loves the banging. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-640).

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FO: Max’ Chevron Baby Blanket

Ok folks, I am going to attempt to post every day this December, so wish me luck! First off, here’s the chevron baby blanket I made for my Max.

I previously made this in black, grey and white for my friend, and posted about it here.

The pattern is this one and it’s brilliant how easy it is to knit, but actually looks very sophisticated.

I picked these blues and greens specifically when I knew we were expecting Max, I love them all together.

And here is my gorgeous boy, when he still seemed very little all wrapped up in his blanket.

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Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light greyish green, pistachio, green, north sea, turquoise, dark blue, denim blue, grey blue, light grey blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 12-19th February 2015.



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FO: Baby Sleep Sack

Back before Max was born I wanted to knit him a sleep sack to keep him snugly warm the first few months. Little did I know that he was going to grow out of it within a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, here it is:

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I used this pattern as a basis, but changed it up a bit. Instead of adding buttons at the bottom I sewed it up to make it extra cosy.

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I also added in some extra cables going up as I love the look of them, especially with this gorgeous DROPS Merino Extra Fine yarn.

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I also made the rib at the top a little bit longer to make it a bit of tighter fit. And I found some lovely turquoise buttons in my stash. Although in hindsight they are a little bit to small for the size of the buttonholes.

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But it wasn’t really a problem as I just used the sleep sack with crossed over straps.

As my boy was such a big boy when he was born and grew quickly (and continues to do so), I only got one picture of him in it.

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Pattern: Cuddly Cables Sleep Sack by Lynne Sanderson
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light grey blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th to 22nd February 2015.