Good things always come in pairs

I have no clue if that sentence in the title is true but I finally got hold of the camera with quite a few pictures of things I made ages ago. And I realised that I seem to have made a few things in pairs for whatever reason. (As you clearly can see from those few lines, I am highly motivated, focused and know exactly what I am doing or talking about).

As it is rather a lot, lets just look at the pictures as a sort of resumee.

So there are the octopus trousers (klimperklein pattern). The first ones where too big, so I had to make smaller ones for the small one. But then the big one liked them and wanted to have his own pair. Rather unusual to want the same as the baby but if it happens to be a really cool baby then why not.

The original ones, with aubergine cuffs (which you clearly can’t see in this picture) are my favourite:

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They are ready for next season. Still, the aubergine is pretending to be some kind of black, a colour which I clearly don’t even own:

20161001_114035For some reason I did not actually take a picture of the one that gets worn a lot these days. (I guess another sign of overwhelming lack of motivation), so here comes the picture of the big boy version with pockets next to the baby version one (who is officially totally a toddler, sorry)

img_5608I made the big version with pockets as big boys clearly need pockets

img_5607and I thought it might be a good alternative for leggings, maybe even to be worn to nursery. At least on dress down Friday. But obvi0usly they never got worn, ever. Why “obviously”? Clearly you are new to this blog. I am talking about Mr. No Thank You. I’d like to point out that I am not embittered. Yes, I could have used this huge piece of cute fabric for some other cute baby items for any other cute baby with grateful parents and yes I could have used that time making something for people who would then have been happy about it but no, I am not embittered. Why not? Well, because I kind of knew anyway.

In any case, I found those baby trousers extremely useful so I made another pair

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for my nephew, using the fox fabric of the reversibble jacket.

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And since I still had some of this fabric left – a rather thin sweat by the way – I made another little jumper for another baby

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And I made hats for these two babies, stupidly I only took a picture of one of them:

img_5613These hats not only come in pairs here but rather in bulk. I don’t even know how many I have made over the last few months, I love the pattern (klimperklein, Wendebindemuetze) and I love the fabrics (Boo and Zoo by Hamburger Liebe)

As I realised that these hats are actually not made for Austrian winter, I quickly had to knit (yes, I am still doing that too) a hat for Mr I Am Not A Baby Anymore.

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(Ok, technically it does not fit into this post as it is not part of a pair and as it is really made of the tiniest left overs you could possibly imagine, it obviously belongs in the Sunday Scrap posts but once again, motivational issues make it unlikely that I will sit down again and write a whole post about a silly knitted hat so lets just enjoy it here.)

But enough of these old pictures, I have more recently produced proper pairs:

Two pull over scarf thingies (“neck socks”) with a soft and thick cotton fleece as a lining, much better than long knitted scarfs that might dangerously get caught somewhere.

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A set of hats for twins (klimperklein, Minutenmuetze)

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Please check out the pattern of the lining. I really love it. Tiny balls are the new stripes.

20170118_095010Technically the hats are reversible. But that makes the animals stand on their head. Clearly someone hasn’t been thinking this through.

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Phew, that was quite a lot, wasn’t it. But that happens when you do not write your blog posts on a regular basis. To be honest, we are not quite done yet but I am jsut as tired as you are so I’ll leave the cutest pair for another post, especially as the colour combination deserves your full attention. I think after years of pink-orange-teal I have finally found my new trio….

 

 

Fox hunting coat

As you are still here, I can only assume that you are either really confident and all my attempts of chasing you away have failed or you are just really really nosy and want to know all about the secret I am about to reveal. In either case: Welcome back! I am glad you are still with me. Because the secret is a big one. I am actually quite nervous right now. But give me a moment to relax.

As I have mentioned before, the baby got a new coat (reversible jacket pattern from the klimperklein book) instead of a hoody. The old one was getting small.

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and stupidly I thought he can still wear a normal double sided cotton coat in October. Well, maybe with a woolen jumper underneath. I ordered very autumny fox hunting (sorry, I clearly was too long in England if I find that funny ) sweat. Much to my disappointment it was rather thin and I wasn’t even sure if I should be using it for a jacket. But I still did. Because… well I don’t know why.

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As you can see, I made ellbow pads – very British I think.

Ellbow pads are a great way of using up scraps (mental note to myself: Write lengthy blog post about ellbow pads on Sunday)

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I love the pointy hood with the tassels. And see, the current hat matches as well.

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In action (And no, he would not stand up for a moment just because he is kindly asked by the woman who feeds him at any time of day or night, who entertains him at any time of day or night, who looks after him, changes his nappies, dresses him and makes him the coolest clothes):

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Now, for the inside, it is less colourful than usual. I suddenly remembered that grey thick brushed cotton that I had bought ages ago as a lining for dungarees before realising that this would be far too hot for trousers.

For sleeves and hood I used stripy left overs. I only had enough orange for the hood so I went for green sleeves. As the outer sleeves are a thicker sweat than the fox fabric, I didn’t want to have the brushed cotton for the sleeves as well as it would have become too bulky for those tiny arms.

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And guess what? I think this looks amazing. Grey with orange and green. Amazing. I almost prefer this side. Almost perfect (maybe with a tiny applique to jazz it up :)).

Grey! What a great colour! Yes colour. I do consider grey as a colour from now on. Phew, it is finally out. I do feel much better now. But pleeeease don’t tell anybody. I would loose my reputation as multicolour fanatic and I do not think I am ready for that just yet.

I really hope I can trust you and that you value the importance of this moment. I certainly do.