Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Rosy Cute” for Pukipuki

Little Sugar pestered me today and asked me if it wasn’t about time that her new dress be put on my website.  It seems that the Little Darlings and Penny have been getting all of the attention for the entire month of January.  Hmm… I wonder how long before the other girls will be in an uproar too.  I had better start making things more fair around here.

Without further ado, here is Sugar looking as sweet as can be.  Her tiny dress is hand knit with a lace weight tonal alpaca/silk yarn and embroidered with rosy roses, plum floral sprays, and tiny white buds.  She even has a little bouquet just for you.

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Sugar loves cuddling with her favorite stuffed animals; they are so soft and cozy.

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For more information on Sugar’s “Rosy Cute” dress, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at

Sugar says, “Thanks for visiting my friends.  Bye for now.”  ❤

A Lesson for Knitters: Changing Yarn and/or Needle Size

Say you have a pattern for a doll dress or sweater, but you want to use a different yarn than the one specified.  Or, you want to use a smaller needle size than the one specified.  If I want a denser fabric I will go down one needle size.  You can refigure the pattern for your new yarn or needle size change.  I recommend small changes to begin with.  My yarn changes are usually very minimal and needle changes are up or down one size.

I almost always start knitting from the top down (neckline), so that is how I will explain this example to you.  The first pattern change you will need to make will be the cast on number.  Here’s a quick overview of what I do.

To start, you’ll need the gauge and the cast on number for the original, so write that down on a piece of paper.  You’ll also have to figure the new gauge using the new needles and/or yarn that you’ll be using.  I use 1″ for measuring gauge for doll clothes even though 4″ is used in the industry for human sized clothes.  So, knit a swatch (larger than an inch) and figure out your new gauge and write that down.  Hopefully you already know how to swatch and figure gauge.  Staci at Very Pink Knits has a You Tube video about figuring gauge here if you need a refresher.

Here is an example using made up numbers for refiguring the number of cast on stitches.  Your original pattern gauge is 10 stitches/1″.  The pattern says to cast on 30 stitches for the neckline.  You need to figure out how many inches the neckline needs to be.  This is the equation:  30 (cast on number) divided by 10 (stitches per inch gauge) is 3″.  This means you’ll need to recreate 3″ with the new yarn/needles.  You have hopefully figured out your new stitch gauge and it is (for example) 12 stitches/1″.  (FYI, when you get more stitches per inch, the stitches are smaller because more stitches fit within 1″, so your fabric will be stiffer and denser.)  Take the new stitches per inch (12) and multiply by the inches you need for the neckline (3″).  12 x 3 =36  You’ll need to cast on 36 stitches with the new yarn and/or different needles to get the 3″ for the neckline.

Figuring rows uses the same equation.  If you’re going in the reverse direction, larger needles and/or yarn, the same equation will work.  Sometimes you will need to round the stitch counts or row counts up or down.  Usually it is close enough as knitwear stretches.

Here’s some homework for you:  Answer is below.

Original pattern gauge is 14 stitches per inch and cast on 60 stitches.  Figure new cast on number.  The yarn you want to use has a gauge of 13 stitches per inch.  Your new yarn is a bit bulkier and you are getting less stitches per inch.  How many stitches should you cast on?




Answer:  About 56 stitches  (60 divided by 14 = 4.28″; 4.28 x 13 = 55.64)  You can make the decision to round up or down, depending on if you need an even or odd number of stitches.  In some cases it doesn’t matter.


The Last Set of Vintage Photos

Hope you’re not getting tired of these photos from the Volo Antique Mall.  If you are, sorry, you don’t have to read on, I understand.  But, for those of you who love to reminisce over vintage-y things here are the kitchen-y photos I took.  If you missed the last three posts they are here, here, and here.

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I cannot imagine living with pink kitchen cabinets (much pinker in person) and in metal yet.  I wonder in what time period metal kitchen cabinets were popular.  Anyone know?

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I am pretty sure that my aunt had these canisters in the 1970s.  Mushroom motifs are popular again.

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These pieces reminded me of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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This double oven/stove must have been quite fancy in its heyday.  Look at all those knobs.

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I would have LOVED these tiny little cups when I was little.  I remember being totally enamored by anything colorful.

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Not kitchen-y, but quite a fancy booth!

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And, lastly, my motto… just kidding.  I do love a (somewhat) clean house.

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Now, I promise, that is it for my photos from the antique mall.

Bye for now!