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newborn knits

our boy will be an autumn/winter baby so he needs a good choice of cosy hats and boots etc… so i whipped this up from only one skein of yarn i got from a girl from my choir. the skein didn’t have a lable anymore but it is about fingering/dk weight, feels very much like superwash merino, similar to lana grossa cool wool 2000. all that was knit with 3mm dpns.


booties: oh! baby baby booties by judy nemish. i used babylees mods in her ravelry project though to knit the booties in one piece.

hat: welcome to the world newborn hat by nona

mittens: wee baby mitts by christine vogel

booties, hat and mittens:

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grey waves

i totally fell in love with this yarn when i saw it at a stall at the schwabsburger wollfest in june 2012. it has rayon, tencel and angora and is just unbelieveably soft! a lady at this stall had knitted the „wellen in pink“ pattern with it, which i hadn’t seen at ravelry yet, but which looked perfect in combination with this lush yarn.

so it was settled: i bought two skeins of filace lucca, looked up the pattern at ravelry and started knitting the same day!

this is the result which was gifted to my boyfriends mum as a birthday present.

pattern: wellen in pink by sue berg. easy enough to knit in front of the television but exciting enough to keep you from getting bored. perfect. i cast on 79 sts and knit 13 pattern repeats in total. one skein was about enough for 8 pattern repeats.

yarn: filace lucca, 60% rayon / 25% tencel / 15% angora.

it is great to knit with and increadibly soft and cosy on the skin. only downer was that it is really fussy (because of the short staple length of the angora i guess) and my complete front was covered with lint when i knit. i made sure always to have a lint roll nearby, otherwise i would have spread angora hair all over our flat!

needles: 3.5mm i think – didn’t write it down 🙁

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baby surprise jacket 2

this project had been hibernating for ages until i finished it. i just had to sew the arms together, buy buttons and attach them. and here is the result.

i’m pretty happy with it. because it’s my own handspun yarn and the buttons are just adorable. like a couple of ladybugs on grass 🙂 yay.

i like the elizabeth zimmermann pattern – easy to knit and looking lovely if you stick to the instructions.

i just hope the yarn won’t be too scratchy for the baby or felt too much when i wash it. it’s not superwash so i’ll have to treat it carefully anyway…

pattern: baby surprise jacket by elizabeth zimmermann

yarn: handspun by me, 100% shetland by wheeldale woolcrafts, about (light) fingering weight

needles: didn’t write it down and don’t remember. i’m guessing 3mm cable needle.


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scrappy stripes cardi

this is another project for our little one. and a great opportunity to use yarn leftovers. i had the noro kureyon sock left over from the hands up fingerless mitts for my boyfriend.

this was really fun to knit. i love stripes and yarn that has colour changes. i didn’t stick to the pattern closely – at least when it comes to the stripes design. i just knit regular strips of 2 rows white and 4 rows colour.

with the buttons i didn’t wanna take any attention from the stripes pattern so i chose very plain ones.

pattern: scrappy sock stripey cardi by fawn pea.

yarn: noro kureyon sock and white wolle rödel sock yarn

needles: didn’t write it down and don’t remember 🙁

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baby hat for birgit

oh boy, i wanted to get up to date with blogging my projects, but haven’t been very successful so far. i’m trying my best… so some more posts of finished projects NOW!

this was just a very fast project i knit for my colleague birgit who was expecting a baby boy. little theo is born by now and will soon be wearing this hat i guess 🙂

pattern: simple baby hat by alison williams

yarn: scraps of lana grossa cool wool 200o in two different colours

needles: 3mm dpns

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my brother wanted a knit creature for ages, so i made him this little guy.

pattern: maddox the mischievous monster by rebecca danger

yarn: wolle rödel universal that i had left over from my fetching mitts, some contrasting yarn for the belly button and the eyes. and some white felt for the teeth.

needles: no idea. didn’t write it down in ravelry. but i guess 3mm dpns

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tiny chicken

i got the book teeny-tiny mochimochi as a christmas present from my brother. he just loves those funny little knitting ideas and all kinds of knit creatures.

this is the first one i tried: a tiny chicken.

pattern: tiny chicken from the book teeny-tiny mochimochi by anna hrachovec

yarn: some scraps. i think the white is lana grossa cool wool 2000 and the red, black and yellow are sock yarn scraps. you don’t need much of every colour, so perfect to use leftovers!

needles: 2.5mm dpns

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brioche cowl

i bought the yarn for this cowl in new york last august and just love, love, love it. it’s so soft and warm and cosy. i got it at knitty city which i would recommend to any  knitter visiting the big apple. the shop is great and stuffed with so many beautiful yarns. i even was there twice (the second time without the impatiently hovering boyfriend 😉 ). it’s so great to go yarn shopping abroad – so much wool and yarn brands you don’t get at home! anyway, i also stumbled into the middle of a ravelry event there where some local fibre/yarn producers informed about different breeds of sheep, their wool, making of the yarn etc… had some nice chats with people and felt at home already 😉

well, first i intended to knit a burberry inspired cowl with my cascade chunky but then i found this brioche cowl pattern and thought it would match the yarn a lot better and i was right. it turned out really warm and comfortable and you can pull one loop over the head (which i had to use this morning when it was rainy and stormy on the way to work)

grafting the the cowl in the end was a little tricky. it’s impossible to graft brioche stitch without a visible seam. and i couldn’t pull the yarn ends too tight because i didn’t want to loose the stretchiness. but i’m ok with the result.

i’m wearing this cowl nonstop at the moment – my favourite piece of knitting 🙂

pattern: brioche rib hooded cowl by lisa rosen

yarn: cascade yarns 128 superwash chunky, 100% superwash merino – used about 2.5 skeins

needles: 8.0 mm circular

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hermione hat

this hat was inspired by a hat hermione wore in one of the harry potter movies. it’s not my own pattern actually, but as soon as i saw it on ravelry i knew it was the perfect pattern for my cozy merino/possum yarn i brought with me from new zealand! and i was right – the hat turned out just the perfect size and so lush! can you see how fluffy the hat is from the photos?! 🙂

pattern: hermione hearts ron by christy aylesworth

yarn: touch possum yarn, 420m/100g, 60% merino/30% possum/10% nylon. used less then half a skein

needles: 3mm dpns (was just right as i’m not a tight knitter)