Category Archives: Spring

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.

 

 

 

The Last Couple of Weeks

Hello, my friends!  How are you?

We’ve just wrapped up a beautiful springlike week.  We also had a gorgeous Easter weekend; it was just perfect weather.  After weather like that and a glance at the calendar I thought spring was here to stay.  But, Mother Nature is at it again, just started to snow on this April 27th morning!  They are predicting over 8″.  Yikes!  Not again!  Another snowman?  Maybe a snow girl this time?  BTW, that last snowman my husband and daughter built didn’t even last 24 hours.  Poor thing!  In case you missed seeing our snowman…

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Our pink magnolia tree is in full bloom.  I love these colors and it makes a pretty backdrop for photos.  Patience had her photo taken here in 2015.  Her photos are some of my favorites.

Gina, my Little Darling, is wearing an ensemble that is all rosy and lilac, the perfect colors to use in front of this magnolia tree.  I took her out during yesterday’s evening golden hour and quickly snapped a few photos of my gorgeous Gina.

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The day before Easter (Holy Saturday) my husband, daughter, and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Yes, again; we love it her so much–we have a membership.  This is my happy place.  When I am here I feel at peace.  Seriously, if given the opportunity I would move just to be as close as possible to the gardens.  Walking distance would be nice!

Unlike when we last visited the daffodils and magnolia trees were in full bloom.

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The tulips looked like they were almost ready (next time), although we did find a few in bloom.  I thought these pots of tulips/crocuses at the entrance to the English Walled Garden arranged on risers was nice.

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A garden that we’ve recently started visiting is the Enabling Garden. It is a hands-on teaching garden that encourages gardening for people of all ages and abilities.  Some of the beds were raised at the perfect level for a wheel chair to slide underneath.  I wish I had gotten a photo of these.  I thought that were genius.  I think the Enabling Garden is situated away from the natural flow of foot traffic, so is often very quiet and peaceful which I love.

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I have never seen a pansy like this before!  Isn’t is wonderful!

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My own pot of pansies has been brought into the sun porch so the poor things don’t get snowed on.  It’s still snowing, but not yet sticking to the grass or pavement; it won’t be long.  *ugh*

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend filled with sunshine and warm breezes.

Thanks for visiting with me today, my friends. ❤  Drop me a comment if you wish; I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

 

 

This Past Week

Another week has come and gone… quickly.  We had some beautiful days this week; one of them even got into the 60s.  My daughter and I visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Wednesday.  Not too much was growing yet.  We saw lots of Snowdrops, a lone crocus, and a few iris reticulata.

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One of my favorite gardens is the English Walled Garden.  It has cozy spots to sit, sounds of trickling water (not yet though) and lots and lots of flowers sooner than later.  Today, you can see the architectural elements of this garden.  Oh, we found snowdrops and 3 tiny iris reticulate here too.

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I find the Japanese Garden inspiring, peaceful and beautiful.  It is on a manmade 2-island plot which is connected with 2 different bridges.  Cherry blossoms as well as lilac rhododendron will soon be in bloom in this garden.

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On Thursday I walked around our yard to see what I could see.  The crocuses are fully in bloom.  The magnolia buds look to be plumping up.

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Dolly news!  I bought a new Ann Estelle to dress one of my new outfits in.  The other outfit is being worn by my Ann Estelle model.  One 10″ AE (I have Sophie) is enough for me, so my doll will accompany this ensemble.  These are for my brother-in-law’s wife’s good friend.  Her and her husband generously put us up this past summer for a family reunion.  I was so touched by her hospitality; she didn’t even know us and was very welcoming.  I think these will be decorating the bedrooms of her little granddaughters.

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I am still working on a set of hat knitting patterns (one written pattern–4 hats) for 4″ Amelia Thimble and Pukipuki.  I want to test them out first.  It’s been so long since I started writing the pattern; I want to make sure that it all makes sense.

I wish you all a beautiful weekend.  I’m afraid this next photo sums up ours, weatherwise.  Not quite a big snowfall (I hope), though flurries with lots of wind is forecast.

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Thank you for stopping by, my friends! ❤