Category Archives: knits

A New Dress for Alice

Happy Monday, friends!  July is well underway and summer weather has finally arrived here in northern Illinois.  I’m not sure what took it so long this year, but nevertheless, I am happy it has arrived.

My Little Darling, Alice, has a new dress for these beautiful summer days.  This buttery soft sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo crochet thread.  The bamboo fiber makes for a very soft dress with lots of drape–not stiff in the least.

I embroidered a few free form floral motifs on the front of the dress–nothing too measured and precise.  I kept the look free flowing and made up the composition as I went.  Free and easy is perfect for this relaxing time of year.

Here’s a photo I previously posted when I started the embroidery–outside on the most perfect weather day.  I got almost all of it done that day, and finished it up this weekend.

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Isn’t Alice beautiful?  She is painted by Nelly Valentino.  I love her brown eyes and warm coloring.

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I have decided to keep this dress for my Little Darlings’ closet.  They get to keep so few things that I make…  (Thank you for understanding.)

I hope you all have a great week with beautiful summer (or fall) weather.  Thanks so much for visiting with me today, my friends.

 

 

Happiness is Yellow–Choosing Embroidery Colors

Hello! ❤

In my last post I showed you my newly knitted and blocked yellow sweater dress for the Little Darling dolls.  Usually, I have a print fabric that guides my embroidery thread colors.  This dress, having no print fabric to go along with the ensemble, is open to whatever embroidery colors I choose.

I looked through past knitwear made with this same yellow thread (Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread) and found some palettes that looked inspiring to me.  I was surprised to see the dresses are all tiny ones.  Hmm…  I guess I had it in my head to ‘save’ this sunshiny yellow bamboo thread because it is now discontinued.  Well, that’s no fun!  I hereby vow to ‘use it up’ and make sweaters or sweater dresses for each of my girls (dolls) who wants one.

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“Little Sunshine”, 2013

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“Tiny Bit of Sunshine”, 2013

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“A Sunny Day”, 2015

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“Golden Sunshine”, 2014

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“Fall Sunshine”, 2013

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“Pretty Autumn”, 2013

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“Sunshine and Rosebuds”, 2016

And here’s one made for Patience–no embroidery, but love the fabric’s color palette, very summery.

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“Sunshine & Posies”, 2015

So, which palette(s) is/are your favorite(s)?  I’d love to know…

 

June is… Here!

Yay it’s June!!!

Hello to you all!

These past weeks I’ve been enjoying spring time here in northern Illinois.  That is, weather permitting.  We had a most dreary and rainy May, but that didn’t stop me from finding those rare days and to enjoy the blossoms growing around me and at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Hutch of grape hyacinths, English Walled Garden

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Lily-of-the-valley, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Lily-of-the-valley, Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Apple blossoms, my yard

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Lilac blossoms, my yard

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Phlox in full bloom, my yard

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Forget-me-nots, my yard

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My planters and Kitty

I’ve also been doing a little knitting, and I mean a little, sorry nothing more to show.  I am finding it hard getting my knitting and ‘making’ mojo back after my hiatus.  My mind wants to create, create, create, but my body is still slow.  By the way, I thank you all for being patient with me.  There is so much I want to do…  I have faith things will improve albeit rather slowly.

Here is something I managed to accomplish.  I won’t mention how long this took to knit…

Off my knitting needles and currently blocking is a sweater dress for the Little Darlings.  When picking out a color for this project, sunny yellow seemed the perfect color to knit with during our dreary spring weather.

The sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo thread.  It’s comparable to #10 cotton crochet thread, but has lots more drape.  I love this thread, and was very disappointed when it was discontinued by Red Heart.  I’ve also used this bamboo thread interchangeably with fingering weight yarn.  The stitch gauge is pretty much the same (maybe a tad smaller, but needs no adjustment).  However, garments knit up shorter, which can easily be adjusted by adding some additional rows.

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I’ve previously made three sweater dresses for the Little Darlings out of this thread (see photos below).  I think embroidery really looks delicate and beautiful on these dresses.  I look forward to picking out colors and getting started!

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“So Pretty in Pink”, May 2015

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“My Favorite Roses”, April 2016

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“Summer Blooms”, July 2015

Wishing you all a beautiful day and evening, and sending you a dolly hug from my Little Darlings to you!

Thank you for stopping by, my friends.