Category Archives: knits

“Summertime Smiles”

Do you believe it is the end of August???!!!  Wow!  It’s been a good summer weatherwise in northern Illinois–we’ve had lots of hot and sunny days–lots of beautiful weather to smile about.  I hope you’ve had the same.

I recently finished a summery ensemble for the Little Darlings, and I want to share it with you.  Lucy (painted by Helen Skinner) is modeling “Summertime Smiles”.  We had a relaxing photo shoot in the backyard under the trees on one of those beautiful days.

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The creating of this ensemble started with the fabric.  I found this summery floral in my stash and wanted to use it immediately.  The graphic blossoms are in shades of bright pink, golden yellow, light aqua blue, and kelly green–all favorite summer colors of mine.

Lucy’s dress features tiny tatting lace hand stitched the the hemline.  A thin bright pink satin ribbon ties twice around her waistline.  Her dress is completely lined with white cotton lawn and all raw edges are enclosed within the lining.

Lucy’s knitwear is knit from hand dyed merino wool in bright pink.  Her lace shrug is knit in a simple lace pattern with a crocheted shell edging.  The beret is knit with my beret pattern and embroidered with coordinating flowers.

White cotton anklets, a colorful bracelet, and a two-flower bouquet complete the 6-piece ensemble.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest make for the Little Darlings. Thank you for visiting.

Next up, are one or two apple orchard inspired ensembles.

Enjoy the week!  Take care and stay safe.  Sending you virtual hugs! ❤

 

First Week in August

Happy Sunday to you from sunny, hot, and very humid northern Illinois.

I’ve kept busy this week, but not sure where it all went to, which is probably the norm for me–the weeks rush by.  I had to look at my planner to see what it is that I happened to accomplish, or not accomplish this week.  (I guess I did enough.) 🙂

I finished my blue ensemble for the Little Darlings.  I am calling it “Summery Blue in the Garden”.  Here are some photos I took of Gina modeling it.  Thanks to all who helped me with my fabric choice.  I think you all picked a winner!

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Another finished project this week–the second sock to complete a pair.  I also started another second sock that will complete another pair.  At one point I had four single socks completely knit (not much use to us).  I have two complete pairs and two singles left to work on.  My ‘four pairs of socks’ project is getting there.  This yarn is so bright; there’s going to be some colorful feet walking around here soon.

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I also knit a shrug and beret for my next Little Darlings ensemble.  The beret is knit from my beret pattern.  The shrug (sorry, no pattern) is knit in a simple lace stitch pattern with a crocheted shell edging added once the underarm seams have been sewn up.  I’ve made lots of these in the past for the Little Darlings and the MSD sized Kaye Wiggs girls.  They seem to love them!

If you’d like to see more ensembles that feature shrugs here is the link that connects you to all my blog posts that were saved with the ‘shrug’ tag.  FYI, there is a group of words in the right sidebar (scroll down past my pattern covers and social media icons) where you can click on a word and see all of the blog posts that were saved with that tag such as shrugs.  The larger the word the more posts there are saved with that tag.

 

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We had a wedding in the family yesterday.  My nephew married his college sweetheart.  She is a sweet and beautiful girl whom we welcome into our family with open arms.  We are so happy for them both!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week and wishing you a great week ahead.  Thank you so much for visiting with me today!  How was your week?  Any plans for the one coming up? ❤ ❤ ❤

This Week

Hello to you!  I hope you are staying healthy, happy, and busy… at home.  I’ve been finding that it really isn’t hard to fill the days spent at home.  My daily, or almost daily, activities are feeding/walking the dog(s), walking me, exercises to keep my back pain free, meditating, cooking/baking, chores, more puppy playtime.  And then if I still have energy I will get some knitting or doll ensemble creating accomplished.

I finished the cardigan that I’ve been working on for the Kaye Wiggs MSD girls this week.   The embroidery needed to be finished and then the underarm seam sewn up.  I like to leave it open in case I want to add some embroidery to the sleeves.  Lastly, I added white pearl buttons.

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 I can’t decide what to make for the ensemble’s headpiece.  Thinking about that…  I have some pastel rosy colored rayon knit for the panties and thigh highs.  I could sew those next while I am deciding on a headband, hair ties, or a hat.  Sorry about the harsh lighting on the photos.  It has been really dark outside.  I had a halogen floor lamp lighting up my work.  The lamp doesn’t produce the prettiest photos.

My daughter and I started a joint coloring project last week.  Now, she is busy, busy, busy with online classes, so I finished it up today.  I titled it “Rainbows of Hope”.  We all need lots of that these days, don’t we?  I noticed one of my neighbors had a large sign with the word ‘hope’ in her front window too.  We are all in this together.

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Earlier today I looked through my stuffed animal and felt books.  I snapped a few photos of the pages that grabbed my attention.  I thought I’d share them with you.

These felt cuties would be perfect little toys for our dolls.  They are tiny and flat-ish to easily slide under a dolly arm.  The ‘Mushroom Girl’ is my favorite.

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‘Tis the season for lots of little birdies.

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‘Tis NOT the season for Christmas, but some of these can be made appropriate for springtime or get a head start on Christmas making.

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This book contains more tiny felt animals.  My favorite project is the bunny rabbit wearing a dress.

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I am drawn to “Sew Me, Love Me” because it uses recycled materials… and they have clothes to make for them.  What fun to make an animal with its own wardrobe, and using bits of your old things too!

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The following are needle felting books.  The pieces are adorable, don’t you think?

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‘Little Miss Crafty’!  Do you see yourself in her?

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My girls saw ‘Little Miss Crafty’ and want me to make them each a dolly of their own.  Maybe a tiny rag doll with floppy arms and legs–one that is huggable.  Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I hope you (maybe) got a spark of inspiration from my books.  Thank you for browsing along with me.  I enjoyed going through them with you.

Northern Illinois is expecting some bad weather tonight.  Please pray for us, or send us positive thoughts, that no one loses their homes or lives or family members.  I don’t know if we humans can take any more bad things happening all at once.

Have a great week–stay safe! ❤