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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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FO: Seventies Baby Cardigan (with both my boys)

In May 2011 I knitted Luke a cotton cardigan in a 70s style.

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It’s another DROPS Design pattern, which was a nice knit, that I used some DROPS Safran leftovers for.

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The buttons were from my stash, if I remember right my mum gave them to me from a box that she found where she lived in what used to be East Germany. They look great, by they are very impractical.

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The addition of the little collar is so sweet, it makes the cardigan really special I think.

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At first I wasn’t sure about the colours, especially the brown, but I actually think it looks really good.

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And the orange rib at the bottom and the sleeves gives it some added pope of colour. I don’t think I need to say anything else, so here’s Luke wearing his cardigan, in June 2011 when he was four months old.

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And Max wore this cardigan too in May this year at 2 months.

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Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in dark brown, beige, light brown and orange.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: May 2011.

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FO: Luke’s Winter Hat

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.

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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).

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And yes, Luke picked the pink and blue himself…a great metrosexual in the making here!

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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!

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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:

Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in light grey blue and pink
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Boy Vest

I made this vest back in November 2012 for a friend’s son who came to the same parent and child group via the Greenwich Steiner School.

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I used this DROPS pattern, but then lengthened it and made the straps a bit longer.

SP 2I love the cables on this vest and have knitted it a few times for other people’s children and one for Luke as well and blogged about it here.

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I had also just gotten my new labels, hence why there are so many photos of it.

On that note, please excuse the terrible pictures, not sure what happened there.

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FOs: Hat and Bootie Combo

Friends of ours in Australia had their second child, a boy, earlier this year and as luck would have it we were able to bring them this gift themselves when we went to Australia in February this year.

DPA 10 DPA 11 DPA 12The pattern is the old favourite, Saartjes Bootees.

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And the hat is another DROPS pattern.

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WIP Wednesday

I’ve got two things on the go at the moment. They are both very quick items that I love knitting and that I’ve knitted A LOT in the last year…but to be honest I still haven’t blogged about them all…so watch this space.

The first WIPs are these booties, following the Saartjes Bootees pattern, but with my alteration. These are for a boy, hence my colour choices.

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The other WIP is a matching beanie, and it’s another much used pattern of mine.

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I wasn’t 100% convinced about the colours initially, but now I really like them. I think they’re perfect for Spring and since this baby boy is due beginning of May I think they’ll work perfectly.

WIPW 02.04.14 1I’ve also just finished something for Luke…and had to order some buttons for it from TextileGarden…there are some really pretty ones left over that make me think that I should find something for myself to knit to fit with the buttons. Have you ever done that, knitted around buttons that you had?

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And finally, just a quick preview of what I just finished for Luke.

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Linking in with Tamis Amis today for WIP Wednesdays.