In Progress and Other Making

Hello to you!  It’s been kind of a slow week or two around here, but I wanted to pop in and say hello.  I am still working on the hat set knitting pattern for Amelia Thimble and Pukipuki.  I think one more proofread, then it’ll be ready to turn into a multi-page pdf, and then it’ll be ready for Ravelry and for you.

I sample knit the three hats from the pattern.  It’s been sooo long since I made these little hats that I forgot the needle size I normally use (I could have read the pattern!) and used one size larger.  I found that the samples still fit Amelia Thimble (a tad big), but fit Pukipuki much better–happy accident.

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My Pukipuki Sugar claimed the basic cap with pompom, so I knit her up a little dress.  A little more embroidery and some pearl bead buttons and she’ll have her very own spring dress/hat set.

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My daughter is learning to dye yarn.  I think she took to it much quicker than I did; this is her first try!  It seems I am always overdyeing my “ugly” yarn.  I finally purchased a long rectangular pan so that we can speckle the yarn.  First, she added watercolor looking areas of lemon and pinks, then removed most of the water, so the berry speckles would stick without dissolving.  She dyed four skeins for a sweater.  She is quite ambitious!  I am hoping that there is enough leftover, so I can use this beautiful colorway to knit a pair of socks.

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She is knitting the No Frills Sweater by Petite Knits.  The instructions blew my mind (doesn’t take much), but she calmly figured it out on her own, and with the help of what is out there about this pattern online.

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Her hand dyed yarn is knitting up so prettily!  It reminds me of pink lemonade with  splashes of berry.

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We’re having a sunny and breezy and coolish day today.  I don’t care about the wind or temperature–the sunshine is the best.  Tomorrow it will snow!  *ugh*

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and are getting some sunshine too.  Thank you so very much for stopping by today!  Sending a weekend hug to you!

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! ❤

“Springtime Sweetie”

Hello to you all!  I hope you are enjoying a great weekend!  Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us–warm…ish and sunny.  We’re getting there, although today isn’t nice at all, chilly and drizzly.

I want to share with you my little Sophie who has been waiting patiently for ‘picture taking day’.  She’s very anxious to show you how cute she looks in “Springtime Sweetie”.

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Sophie’s long sleeved cardigan is hand knit with Knit Picks Aloft (mohair/silk) using my Light Cardigan for Patsy pattern.  I embroidered a simple little rose and rosebuds at the neckline.  Her dress is made from a Lecien Minnny Muu cotton print; the pastel multi-colored bows are tiny and sweet.  She carries a drawstring crochet bag and wears a beaded crochet headband.  I customized her purchased shoes by adding bows and beads to match the headband.

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 Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great week! ❤