Category Archives: Knitting Patterns

Busy Bee Week

Hi there! ❤  How’s the new season treating you?  It’s day 3 of autumn over here in northern Illinois.  The weather has been bee-utiful!  Not one single complaint do I have!

After an early morning yoga class on Monday I did not feel like heading home.  It was a gorgeous day and I was very close to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  We are a member, so parking is free and there is no entrance fee so why not stop by for a little while, right?  (BTW, I ended up staying for more than a little while)  It was great!

I took some photos to document the first day of fall 2019.  The roses in the Rose Garden were still blooming profusely and their scent was heavenly.

The only trees I noticed that had begun to change were in the Rose Garden.

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Speaking of bee-utiful!  How about this busy bee!  He seemed to love the roses as much as I did.  There were ‘zillions’ of busy bees all over the many roses.

The hutch in the English Walled Garden has showcased grape hyacinths, geraniums, succulents, and now violas throughout the 2019 season.  These violas are definitely my favorites.  I love these tiny pansy-like blossoms so much.  The basic variety reseeds in my (neglected) garden each year.  I’d love to have all of these color combinations. *sigh*

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Here are a few more photos I took at the gardens.  Still looks quite summery, right?

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While there I had lunch outdoors and did some sock knitting too.  One of the specials that day was Mushroom (sorry, Terri) Leek Flatbread.  It was a treat and very yummy! I wish you all could have joined me!

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Yesterday I got Amelia Thimble’s Sweater Dress Extension pattern published.  It’s in my Ravelry shop.

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As I was writing my blog post on Monday morning I noticed how the sunrise hit some of the trees in the backyard.  They looked like they had begun turning color, but that’s the sunshine hitting them.  So enchanting!  I love early mornings.

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Today wasn’t my most productive.  I had an appointment at the hospital which left me feeling quite tired afterwards.  Everything is fine, but it’s quite a long drive and just stressful in general going there.  I did manage to get this post written though. 🙂  And I am glad I did; it was so very nice visiting with you! ❤  Thank you for stopping by!

I’m hoping tomorrow is back to full steam ahead.

New Pattern, Snow!, and a Hello from Sugar

Hello there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I am looking out my window on this April 15th morning… Mother Nature, what are you thinking?!

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It snowed all day long yesterday.  We ended up with 8 inches of snow–a lot for mid April.

My husband and daughter had some fun yesterday and brought this life sized snowman to life.  (Poor thing has already lost his eyes and mouth–he’s melting!)  But, look how cute he was yesterday!  They had fun!

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In anticipation of the snowstorm we picked all of our daffodils Saturday night that we didn’t think would survive the heavy wet snow.  I’m glad we did as they really brighten up the house and remind us that it is indeed spring.

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Dolly News!

My PukiPuki Sugar has a new dress/hat set.  She loves it, and wanted to show you–and also to say hello.

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Her hat was one of the samples I knit from my newly published Amelia Thimble Hat Set Pattern.  The pattern is available on Ravelry.

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Below is a slideshow of past hats made using these patterns.  They each use tiny amounts of lace weight yarn, so you can use up little bits to create you own tiny hat wardrobe.

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New Knitting Pattern for the Little Darlings

Finally, after 4 sample/test knits this pattern is ready for you!  I am just a wee bit tired of knitting jumper pinafores at the moment, but I wanted to plough through and get this one to you for your autumn knitting pleasure. 🙂  I hope you enjoy knitting it.

If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that this design was inspired by a vintage   jumper I saw quite awhile ago on Pinterest.  I’ve no idea who the original designer was.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

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This pinafore is quite easy to knit with minimal shaping.  It’s knit flat with plackets for buttons and buttonholes on the back.  You’ll start at the bottom with a seed stitch border and go up.  Stockinette stitch is used for most of the skirt.  As you get to the fitted high waistband, you’ll make decorative decreases which look like soft gathers or pleats.

When the entire skirt is finished, stitches are picked up for the straps.  I don’t like picking up stitches, probably because I haven’t practiced enough, but these are a very small number to pick up, and they’re picked up along a straight edge.  It wasn’t hard at all, and I’ve included tips.  If you really don’t want to pick up stitches simply knit the straps then sew them on.

Working buttonholes are added to the straps and for the first three buttons.  The remainder of the buttons are sewn through both plackets, as they’re not needed for dressing.

The Little Darlings have sloped shoulders, and the straps are meant to fall right at the shoulder/arm joint, so the straps need a fabric blouse or t-shirt to “grip” onto.  I’ve used quilter’s cotton which works nicely.  If you have the top already made you can adjust the straps when you get to this point in the pattern.  The straps could be lengthened and criss crossed in the back too.

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The buttonholes are made with a yarn over.  These buttonholes are just a tiny bit larger than the ones on my sweater patterns.  Four millimeter beads will still work, but five millimeter beads or 1/4″ buttons are a better fit.  If you’re using the smaller size, making good thread shanks is important.

I’ve use Knit Picks fingering weight yarn for these three pinafores:  Stroll Tweed Sock in North Pole Heather, Palette in a blue heather, and Gloss in cranberry.  The gauges came out slightly different for each, but all three different yarns worked with the same pattern.

I wish all of you a wonderful day!  Thanks for visiting with me today. ❤