Category Archives: Patterns

New Year, New Pattern, New Ensemble!

By now it is 2017 everywhere in the world, so a Happy New Year to all!

My husband and I went for a brisk walk in one of the nearby forest preserves today.  The paths were a little treacherous in places, but we were careful and the sun felt so nice.  It was the perfect way to start 2017!

My Little Darling, Lucy, is also here with her bright, smiling face (and her itty bitty snow baby) to wish you all the happiest start to 2017!  Before most of our snow melted last week Lucy and I made this tiny snow baby. She is still trying to decide if this snow baby is a boy or girl, so she can give it an appropriate name.

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While outside she told me that her new sweater coat, hat, and scarf kept her toasty warm.

Lucy is wearing a dress made out of my most favorite snowman print.  I LOVE this print!  It’s colorful and a little bit primitive looking.  There are “zillions” of snowmen lined up on this fabric; all looking equally cute, don’t you think?  Snowman lovers will find this print adorable.

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I previously used this fabric in 2014 (“Snowman Luv”) to make an ensemble for Gina.  I decided to make it less Christmasy this time, so it could be worn more as a winter ensemble.

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Isn’t this the cutest fabric!  I think they are the happiest little snowmen!

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Lucy’s ensemble will be available Monday, January 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm CST on my website.

“My Little Snow Baby” is a one-of-a-kind ensemble, but if you’d like to knit your own sweater coat, the pattern is available on Ravelry.  The instructions include a step-by-step guide to add your own patch pockets.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you’ll be putting patch pockets on everything! (lol)

Thank you for visiting with me as we start this new year together.  Bye for now!

New Knitting Pattern

Hello from blustery northern Illinois.  The weather change is happening.  It’s been springlike the last couple of days and we may get snow flurries tomorrow.  Our weather is rarely boring!

I thought I’d put Penny’s latest cardigan from “Christmas Love” into pattern form for all of your chilly Penny and Polly girls.

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For more information and to purchase Penny’s “Classic Cardigan” knitting pattern please visit Ravelry.

In case you don’t knit, her OOAK ensemble is available right now!

My number one goal for the evening is to keep our chihuahua from blowing away when he goes out to do his business.  LOL!  Hope you have a great evening!  Bye for now!

A Little About A Lot!

Good morning from probably the happiest place on earth right now.  The Chicago area is happy, happy, happy!  It’s been over 100 years (108 to be exact!) since the Cubs won a World Series!

I went to bed when the Cubs were still ahead by 3 points,  (I knew if I stayed up to watch the game I’d NEVER get to sleep when it was over, too much excitement).  My husband did come in to let me know when the score was tied (what!).  After that I gave up trying to get to sleep, but I did stay in bed and tried to stay calm.  When the fireworks started outside, I knew I could finally sleep!  I do feel tired this morning, but I’m sure not like a lot of others.

Over the last weeks, I’ve been taking a few pictures of fall, but haven’t gotten around to sharing them with you.  This is a colorful and warm autumn!  The trees are taking their time to change and flowers are still blooming.  Look at how green the grass is; it’s like springtime.  Yes, we’ve had lots of rain.

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We’ve had some light frosts far from the house.  The frost is so icy and pretty in the early morning.

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My husband had a birthday a couple of weeks ago.  My daughter surprised him with a gift sent via the USPS in a Priority box.  This is the first time she isn’t here in person. 😦

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My shipment of Christmas yarn arrived last week.  I have lots of yarn, but was sorely lacking in reds.  I even got a couple of forest-y greens.  I’ve been liking green more lately.

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Amelia Thimble’s sweater dress pattern is moving along.  I knit three sample dresses and yesterday I sat at my laptop and worked on the pattern pages all day.

The pages take a LONG time to put together.  It’s a lot of work going back and forth between the pages (files) . . . forgetting to add something, then figuring out where to put it, seeing something that doesn’t sound right, then figuring out a better way to say it.  After working on it yesterday, it is basically done, but I need to proofread it.  I am hoping next week it will be available for you.

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Next, for a Christmas ensemble is my Kaye Wiggs Millie, one of my most neglected, but patient, girls.  The dress is sewn, the hat is knit, and the cardigan is in progress.  This will be finished next week as well.

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Thanks for visiting today!  Bye for now!