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FO: Pretty, Pretty Pinkness

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on June 20, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve been meaning to post about this gorgeous little number since I finished it, but I wanted to make sure that the mother-t0-be I made it for received it first. She received it yesterday and really loves it. And I have to say, I really did to. I loved knitting it, as instead of garter or stockinette stitch the skirt has a sort of lacy pattern.

The pattern, as always, is a DROPS pattern. And although the pattern called for sleeves, I decided to leave them out and add a picot border instead. Then it can be work with something underneath or without, perfect for Summer or Winter. It’s made from DROPS Safran, which is 100% Egyptian cotton and a real joy to knit with.

The pattern also calls for two crochet flowers, but I decided to go with three to give it that extra little something.

I loved knitting this, at first I was a little worried about the skirt because it’s knitted in the round on circular needles with 196 stitches, which seem like a lot. But then as soon as I was knitting it was actually really easy and quick, I guess because it was in the round so it was just continuous.

The lacy effect of the skirt just looks lovely I think, and it’s so easy to knit. I was also quite pleased to be knitting with such a bright, girly colour, as I feel like I normally stick to quite boyish or unisex colours. The added peach picot borders to give a little bit of a contrast.

I’m excited to see the soon to be born little girl in this dress, as I’m sure she’ll look absolutely adorable!

I’ve also just added this on Etsy, should anyone want to order one.

FO: Aviatrix

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , on June 19, 2012 by annatestadoro

Here’s another Aviatrix for charity that I knitted back in December 2011. This is the newborn size.

I still love this pattern, really do. It’s a really well written pattern that gives loads of different options for sizes and different yarn thickness. Absolutely great.

FO: Simple Jumper

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on June 17, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve been going through my photo folders and have found this jumper that I made for Luke back in 2010. I love the DROPS Fabel I used, it’s worked out really well I think. The jumper was a hit, and I have a picture from back then with Luke in it, and he’s tiny.

The pattern is really, really easy to knit and I loved making it. The pictures aren’t of the greatest quality, as we didn’t yet have our Canon EOS back when I was taking them. We only got it when Luke was already a month old as we wanted to make sure we could take amazing pictures.

I wish I’d made this a little bit bigger because Luke was only able to wear it a couple of times. I’m thinking about making another one later this year for the winter, but we’ll see if I get around to it.

And finally here’s the money shot:

FO: Stripey Vest

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by annatestadoro

My friend that I knitted some items for late last year, she was selling them for charity, ordered a vest and socks. I know I showed you the vest in a WIP Wednesday post, I actually managed to finish it last week and posted it on Tuesday.

I absolutely love the yarn. It’s DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk, which is half mulberry silk and half alpaca,  it’s the most gorgeously soft yarn that I’ve ever knit with and it makes the garment incredibly soft.

This is the first DROPS pattern that I didn’t completely love. The body of the vest itself was easy enough, it was knitted in one on circular needles on the round. But then I had to add a rib to the front, the back, the two armholes and at the top for the buttons. I just found it a little bit time consuming picking up the stitches.

Nonetheless, I do love the end result, I think it’s another really smart vest for a little boy and I’m sure it’ll look good on the little boy receiving it as a gift from my friend.

FO: Bonnet and Bootie Combo

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve been looking through my folders again and have found another bonnet and bootie combo that I made back in August 2010 for a friend of mine. He had a little girl in or around September or October that year. They just had another baby, but I didn’t knit for them then. Anyway, I’m just going to upload the pictures here, I don’t think they need any words.

FO: Baby Socks

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , on May 15, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve been going through my old pictures again and here’s a pair of socks that I knitted for my friends little girl early this year. You might remember seeing her on here wearing the tiny little yellow hat.

They’re my bog standard, straightforward sock knitting pattern and I love the colours. It’s a sock yarn that I bought in Germany, and I love the effect of the stripes.

FO: Birthday Vest

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by annatestadoro

I was able to complete a birthday vest for one of Luke’s little friends: Kiran. And I managed to finish it just before his first birthday on 27th March.  I made the same vest I knitted for my nephew last year.

It’s a lovely pattern that is knitted in the round on 40cm circular needles. As I was knitting it it felt like it was really loose, and that even though I was making the two year size, exactly the same I did as last time. I’m not a big fan of knitting with circular needles that are any smaller than 60cm, it just doesn’t feel good on my hands when I’m actually knitting. And I often feel like I’m getting blisters on my little fingers…which is definitely not good.

I love the effect of the different stitch and I think the stockinette stitch makes the moss stitch look quite fancy. I changed it up a little bit and instead of knitting a rib on the arms I just knitted four rows of garter stitches, I do think it just looks a little better.

I was able to use some buttons from my stash, they are actually from my mom, and I think they finish off the little vest perfectly.

And here’s Kiran, just after waking up from a nap, in the vest. Doesn’t he look adorable?

Some More Booties

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on March 27, 2012 by annatestadoro

Here’s another pair of my booties that I knitted back in May 2010 for a good friend from school. He had a little boy (not so little anymore now) in September 2010.

There’s not much else I can really say about these, apart from the fact that I just love knitting them.

They’re always my go to knitting item for a gift.

New House: Luke’s Room

Posted in Baby, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by annatestadoro

We’ve had glorious weather today and we had a few friends over for a ‘mini-housewarming’ as my husband called it. So, that meant a good tidy up and I actually got the chance to take pictures of our new house. Over the  next few days I’ll show you some of the rooms, first it’s Luke’s room.

The room we’re using for him is painted a lovely blue and gets amazing morning sunshine, that is after I remove his blackout blind (wouldn’t want him to wake up too early as we’re going into Summer). The dolphin picture was already in the room, but it actually fits well I think.

The rocking chair that we used in his previous room still fits very well and still gets used quite a lot, not just by me, but also by Luke now. He loves climbing onto it and rocking on it standing up. Only when we’re around of course!

The great thing about this new place is that we have huge amounts of space, also in Luke’s room. And this is an extra chest of drawers that our landlady had left us and it’s great for storing nappies, wipes and loads of other things. We’ve also been able to add the mirror, which used to stand on the floor in Luke’s old room, meaning that I was always worried about him knocking it over. It’s definitely much better on the wall!

I’ve also finally been able to put up the drawing that I actually did when I was little, I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but my Mama saved it for me and gave it to me when I was pregnant with Luke. It’s a tad high, but I think it still works quite well. On the mantle we’ve got Luke’s birthday present that we gave him. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to add to it for Christmas presents and birthday presents in the future.

We’ve also put up the shelves again that we got from Ikea, as they’re great storage for Luke’s toys.

The changing table has a good spot as well and I’ve been able to put another one of the drawings my ‘Mama’ sent me up on the wall.

And we’ve also put up some new gels on the windwows. A couple of pirates, some flowers and some dogs, all of which Luke loves.

And finally we’ve also put up Luke’s dancing fairies in the window, which is where they can gently sway in the breeze.

FO: Another Hat for Luke

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on March 23, 2012 by annatestadoro

I know, I know, does one boy really need so many hats I hear you asking. I think he does, and this one was knitted out of cotton yarn so that he can wear it now as we’re going into Spring and potentially later this year when we’re going into Autumn.

It’s an easy pattern from the Garnstudio team, but I actually underestimated how long it would take me to knit it. I made the size for 2 years, as I wanted to make sure Luke can wear it for a little while longer. The last few hats I made him were pretty small for him very quickly.

I think it took me so long to knit as I was using double pointed needles and because there were so many stitches on the needles I had to keep pushing the stitches back and forth. Look at Luke trying to get hold of it while I was taking a picture.

He wasn’t that interested in wearing the hat when I did want to take the pictures, but eventually I got a few.

And I managed to also get some pictures when we’ve been out and about.