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Knitted Jumper for Jairus

I’ve completed three major knitting projects in the last few days, I’m excited to share them with you!

First up, here is a jumper that I’ve made for Jairus. It may seem familiar as I made the same pattern in the size bigger for Olivia last year (you can see it here) It has been much loved and super practical so I decided Jairus needed one too.

The yarn is natural undyed wool from Nundle Woolen Mill, the same as Olivia’s just a different colour. It had been previously made into a crocheted basket, but it really wasn’t very useful and so I thought the wool would be put to better use as a jumper. Unfortunately I miscalculated the amount that would be needed and ran out with a sleeve still to knit, I ordered some more to finish but the sheep had grown a different coloured coat so its slightly different, although it’s probably only me that notices it (and you now that I’ve told you). It just adds to the character and makes it imperfect, which according to the Amish, they call it a ‘humility block’ and it shows their humility to God and I kind of like this so I’m going with it.

Details on what I used and the pattern can be found on Ravelry here

Now I feel like I’m missing a part of me with no knitting project on the go (apart from a washer part made and the squares that will eventually turn into a blanket, but we don’t count those) what should I make next? a vest for Jairus? a shawl for me? or a skirt for Olivia? all are on the short list to start making soon.

 

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Knitted romper for my baby boy

Knitting is something I have quickly grown to love. It is my time to sit back and put my feet up at the end of they day, my time to meditate in the repetitive motion of the needles clicking together gradually weaving a new shape out of a string of wool, my time to recharge.

This romper I knitted for Jairus. It really is the perfect little outfit for a very active crawling, climbing, wriggling boy. Throw on a collared shirt and knee high socks and he’s the best dressed kid in town, or put on a t-shirt and he’s all set to go exploring.

The pattern is the Sea Breeze Romper  by Kuroki Knitting

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Knitted Jumper

Knitted Jumper | www. Mikaelabeth.com

Earlier in the year, on mother’s day, Garth was working away and he visited the Nundle woollen mill on his day off. He knew how much I enjoyed it there and love working with their wool, so instead of flowers or chocolate he bought me a bag of wool which was in the seconds pile due to the uneven dye (which honestly I think gives the jumper more character). My husband knows me well and gave me the perfect gift to create something useful out of.

After much thought and looking at patterns, I decided that the wool was best knitted into a jumper for Olivia, as a warm winter jumper was high on the priority list for her. This pattern I had already bought and put aside, it was just waiting for me to get the right wool to make it.

You can find out more details about the jumper on my ravelry page

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Short term goals

15-12-31_NIKON D7000_16-28-03 15-12-31_NIKON D7000_17-22-2615-12-27_NIKON D7000_16-44-06At the beginning of this year, Garth and I were chatting about various plans and goals for the year ahead, as I’m sure almost everyone else does too. We’ve decided to have a ‘no spend’ 3 months, still allowing us to buy the essentials but really thinking about what is a need and what is just a want (even if it’s a really really want it now), this will allow us to make some steps towards where we want to be financially.

This has meant I’ve been looking at all the things I have in my studio, some pretty, some useful, and some things that I should just get rid of… but also some unfinished projects that have been sitting on the shelf and need to be finished! it’s a win win – I’m completing projects that have been taking up space and I’m also not spending money on any new supplies.

I’m going to share with you a list of what I’m hoping to complete in the next 3 months:

1. Pin and quilt chooky quilt
2. Knit Olivias cardigan
3. Crotchet colourful balls
4. Sew outfit for Olivia
5. Sew dress for me
6. Stitch candle wicking quilt blocks
7. Complete diploma in Interior Design
8. Photograph pre-made jewellery to list for sale
9. Paint landscape with oil paints
10. Have my backlog of photos organised and key worded

This is making my heart beat a little faster as I’m writing this with the realisation that I’m now going to be accountable to you. Thank you for listening and I will share updates along the way.

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Knitted Pixie Hat

Knitted Pixie Hat 1-1 Knitted Pixie Hat-3 Knitted Pixie Hat-4 Knitted Pixie Hat-5 Knitted Pixie Hat-1A few weeks back, when we were in the middle of winter, Olivia needed a warm beanie. After searching through ravelry and other patterns I found this one that I thought was just too adorable and had to make it for her.

It keeps her warm and snug, wrapping around her ears and tying at the front so she can’t just pull it off.

Find more details of the pattern and what I used here

 

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