Category Archives: Nature

Summer is Here!

Happy Summertime my friends!  It doesn’t quite feel like summer yet, but our calendar says it is.  We still continue to have lots of sunless and rainy days.  Now that summer has begun I hope the weather improves.  Today looks promising, finger crossed…

Tuesday was a perfect day to be outside–no wind, no rain, some sun (not too bright), and warm temps.  Since posting pictures of color inspiration for my yellow Little Darling sweater dress I have been struggling to find genuine desire to actually do the work.  The weather on Tuesday was exactly what I needed; it was a pleasure to work outside.  I didn’t finish the dress, but it’s almost there.

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An organic farm near us sets up their stand on Friday afternoons.  Last Friday they had put together these peony bouquets mixed with lupines and a white allium.  The peonies smelled wonderful!  The entire bouquet lasted a week, and is still giving us a bit of magic–the smaller peony buds have started to open.

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Yesterday my husband and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens… yes, again.  I wanted to see the roses in their first bloom… and they were blooming like crazy.  There were roses, roses everywhere–all varieties and all colors.

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The English Walled Garden was as peaceful and beautiful as always.

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The fountains, which had not been going the last time we visited, were now serenading us and adding to the sights and sounds here.

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This hydrangea was growing around the tree you can see in the photo above.  I thought it was interesting.

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After walking through a few of the gardens we had lunch in the cafe.  I ordered an Ancient Grains Bowl; garbanzo beans, quinoa, cranberries, broccoli,  farro (I think), fresh spinach, and poppyseed dressing made up this yummy bowl.

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Well, the day still looks promising here in northern Illinois.  That’ll mean two days in a row of relatively sunny weather–must be a new record for 2019!

I hope the sun is shining where you are.  Enjoy your day!  Thank you for stopping by.

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.

 

 

 

September

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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