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thank you! (& a finished project)


First and foremost, thank you to each and every lovely one of you who took the time to comment, email and facebook me after my last post!Β  Means so much to know I have such positive people here to cheer me up πŸ˜€

Anyway, finally I have a new finished project to show!Β  Originally I intended for this top to have a turtleneck, however after a quick trying on for fit, I realised I could save myself a few hours and have a far prettier top by leaving the neckline wide.Β  Double bonus in my book πŸ˜€Β  For a while I’d wanted to make a stretchy top with a Brigitte Bardot style neckline, yet hadn’t twigged that one of my projects already on the needles could easily be engineered in this way.Β  Common sense isn’t my strong point!Β  As well as ribbed waist shaping I worked the raglans in an unconventional decrease pattern, meaning that only little cap sleeves were formed.Β  Other than that I kept the design pretty simple; my brain is far too consumed with revision to fathom complicated knit patterns at the minute.Β  Maybe another time I’ll create a masterpiece. πŸ˜‰



handknit cropped top

Knitterly deets on ravelry here.




(Shorts are a New Look pair from years ago)


Considering the sheer volume of revision I’ve had to plough through this week (3 days actually in school during the Easter holidays, anyone?), I’ve actually managed to be fairly productive and should *hopefully* have a few more knitting and sewing projects to show over the next 10 days or so.Β  I’ve also been a temporary only child this week whilst my brother’s been swanning around the Black Forest with his German exchange, but all is back to normal now and once again our house is full of his singing at full volume.Β  I must admit it’s been strange without him!Β  Do you feel odd without your siblings around?Β  Anybody else been particularly creative lately?

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    10th April 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, this is such an amazing work! I love that simple neckline, I guess anything fancier would have somewhat spoiled it! Also, I adore your hairstyle. πŸ™‚
    I am currently knitting a lace kimono cardigan, but the pattern is getting on my nerves. I am pretty much convinced there is an error in it, because no matter how careful I am, there is always at least one mistake every odd row. Ugh. Lace is such a pain to knit, but it is always worth that pain!
    And as far as I am concerned, I am not leaving with my siblings anymore, they now have jobs and their own life… and since my two brothers are both younger than me, that’s what actually feels odd–everybody’s on its own now! But well, I know they’re just a phone call away!

    Besides, I am very glad you’re feeling better. Keep your positive mood up! xx

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      13th April 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Clothilde!
      Simple is the best way I reckon! I’ve realised that shoving my hair onto a pile on top of my head is by far the easiest way to style it recently, glad you like it. πŸ˜€
      I’m really into kimonos at the minute and a knitted lace on sounds lovely! I’d love to see a picture of your finished project. I bet it does feel odd when your brothers are away; I know it’ll take some getting used to not to think of my brother as a little kid!
      Thanks again for commenting :’)

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    11th April 2014 at 8:05 am

    Gorgeous Lily! I’d knit mine longer as I don’t have a lovely flat stomach like yours!! I was sorry to read about your recent break up (just catching up with reading blogs in the school holidays) but I know that you will bounce back with the support of your family and friends.

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      13th April 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Helen! I *may* write up the pattern at some stage so watch this space! I’m doing surprisingly OK thank you, my family and friends have been great πŸ˜€

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    Alice Evans
    11th April 2014 at 12:48 pm

    So gorgeous Lily! I love the colour of the jumper πŸ™‚ x


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      13th April 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you Alice! It was originally bought to make a baby girl outfit a few years ago haha πŸ˜€

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    11th April 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, you are beautiful! I love the intricay and the skill of the top- so pretty! xx

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      13th April 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much Ally!

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    11th April 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Whenever I see your blog posts I’m always envious of your hair! You’re so so stunning!

    Lucy x


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      13th April 2014 at 8:41 pm

      You’d be silly to be haha it’s usually a mess! But thank you very much πŸ˜€

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    13th April 2014 at 5:23 pm

    i really love that outfit. it looks stylish yet simple. that crop top is everything. give it to me haha

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      13th April 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks Palesa! Glad you like it πŸ˜€

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    13th April 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Without sounding dodgy you have an amazing figure! I love this combination, wish I could carry off things like this- maybe after my new fitness programme is in place ey πŸ˜‰ x


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      13th April 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Doesn’t sound dodgy at all; thank you so much! How’s your fitness programme going? I’m quite enjoying mine!

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    14th April 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Lily, as always, the design is awesome !

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    Mags (@MagsTheBlogger)
    14th April 2014 at 3:42 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous. This outfit is so cute and gets me really excited for summer! πŸ™‚

    My latest post ** Great Gatsby Inspired **

    Mags xxx

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