Hello, September!  And hello, my friends!  How are you?

early sunrise before storm

It was a stormy day yesterday, Saturday, and a thunderstorm-y rumbly Saturday night/Sunday morning.  At times the rain came down so hard that I wondered where it would go (yes, the storms woke me up).  I was up very early Saturday morning and caught this fleeting yet beautiful sunrise before it got dark and then rainy.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Yesterday I finished up Ann Estelle’s ensemble, “Tiny Dancer”.  Well, almost, I just need to make her a pair of tights.  Here’s a quick photo I took of her.  I think she loves it judging by her happy expression.  Little girls love pink and lilac—big girls too.  These two colors were my grandmother’s favorites.

Ann’s cardigan was knit from my “Light Cardigan” pattern for Patsy and Ann.  I used Knit Picks Aloft in Pennyroyal.  For embellishment, I added some delicate beadwork to the cardigan.  Ann’s dress was made with the teensiest ballerinas that I’ve ever seen.  It’s part of Lecien’s Minny Muu collection.  Ann wears a beaded crocheted headband and holds a tiny crocheted drawstring bag.

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I told you about the dyeing I did last weekend.  This past week I started knitting a Simple Yet Effective Cowl designed by Tin Can Knits.  I like long cowls and needed two skeins of DK for this one, so am combining the two blue skeins I dyed.  I am alternating between the two skeins every three rows for a sort of stripey look.  I’m not sure if I’ll like it; it looks very masculine to me, but I will finish it; it just may make a nice basic when the cold weather is here.

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Here’s the yarn before I started knitting with it.  It looks so much more colorful.  Something I’ve learned after dyeing a number of skeins is that knitting blends the yarn together so that it looks more muted.  I’ve seen this happen every time.


These are the other three skeins I dyed last week to make the Jodi Shawl by Joji Locatelli.  I want the border to be considerably brighter than the rest, however, I’m thinking this peach won’t be bright enough.  Maybe it will go back in the dye pot for some pink and warm red speckles or splotches.


Oh, and I mentioned trying out avocado pit dyeing.  The tank top sat in the pot for a short time and most of the dye washed right out.  I did want it pastel though.  I’m curious as to how it will wash.  I saved the dye to use again; the shade of pink is a favorite of mine.


Well, that’s all the goings on from around here.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this past week. ❤


6 thoughts on “September

  1. Terrigirl2018

    Hello Cindy, I am honored to be called a friend by you! I think of you as a friend too. We are the new generation of pen pals and I love it!! What a pretty sunrise before the storms. Ann Estelle looks gorgeous in he r ballerina print dress. Pink and lolac are such lovely colors together , I totally agree. I love the detail on her cardigan , a loving touch by you to Ann, she looks really cute with the headband and drawstring bag too. I am sure she will wait patiently on her tights , the weather will stay nice until she needs them. Thanks for sharing, see my goings on here Cindy, hugs, Terri xo.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Aww, you’re so sweet, Terri. So many of us friends have never actually met, have we? Yet, we can still be friends from afar. Little Ann is getting her tights made this morning then she’ll be all ready for whatever party she’s invited to. ❤
      Wishing you a great week ahead!

  2. Joy Rose

    Beautiful sunrise!
    Your yarn colors are lovely. I know those knitting needles are there somewhere in my pile of things to try again. I need you to move out here to CA and teach me. 🙂 Just kidding.
    Little Annie looks so sweet in that outfit. You know, a lot of the AE outfits fit the Meadow Dumpling dolls. I think there are a lot of potential customers out there with Meadow dolls that would love sweaters/dresses. Just a thought. 🙂
    Youngest grand is turning three next Sunday. Hard to believe.
    Love your posts.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thanks, Joy. I would actually like a change of scenery actually. It’s much too dreary and wet here in IL. The house is so dark right now; it looks like dusk… and it’s only morning. And the backyard is like a sponge. Thanks for the heads up about the Meadow dolls. I have so many poor girls in my collections right now that are sorely neglected.
      Happy birthday to your youngest! The time goes by so quickly, doesn’t it? Scary!!!
      Have a great week, Joy! ❤


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