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“Autumn’s Pink Roses”

Meteorological fall has been in full swing for a couple of weeks in the northern hemisphere, but it still feels quite summery here in northern Illinois.  It has cooled off just a teensy tiny bit, however, it’s still tank top and shorts weather.

I have two teeny tiny, and I mean teeny tiny, pink rosebushes that happily grow underneath a birch tree in our front yard which are the same shade of pink as this fabric print.  Not that this matters, but probably contributed to the title I thought of for this ensemble.

This fabric print is the same as “A Plummy Fall” that Gracie was modeling for you yesterday.  (I bought a whole yard of this one, so I have lots left over!)  For this ensemble using the ivory ground color I picked a smaller doll to best utilize this print’s petiteness.  Millie is 11″ and quite slender, and this print still looks small on Millie.  I can’t get over how the manufacturer can print such a complex and colorful design so small.

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Millie’s sweater and hat are knit out of lace weight merino/silk yarn.  The pieces are very delicate and light weight.  I chose to keep the embroidery softly colored and centered around the pink roses with the littlest touches of golden and aqua.

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Millie’s accessories include a mesh drawstring crocheted purse that holds a tiny hanky made out of the dress fabric, a bracelet, panties, and anklets.

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Millie’s “Autumn’s Pink Rose” ensemble will be available tonight (September 16, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Millie and I hope you all have (or are having) a great day!  Thanks for visiting with us!

“A Plummy Fall”

I love this fabric so much!  I’ve been hoarding my one half yard bit of it . . . saving it for someone special, wondering and wondering . . . who would that be?  That special someone turned out to be Gracie.

This fabric is probably the most colorful and detailed rose print I’ve seen in this small of a  scale.  That being said, I should have saved it for one of my many smaller dolls, but I couldn’t help using it for Gracie.  The ground color is a light plum color and looks gorgeous next to Gracie, as does this color of yarn.

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I recently told you about getting on a Craftsy kick again.  My latest “aha moment” happened while watching Wee Ones Seamless Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson.  Susan knits her toy animal bodies from the top down just like how I knit my sweaters.  She knits the arms to her animal bodies with double pointed needles to knit them in the round.  I don’t do that with my sleeves, but how cool would that be!  I needed to move around some increases and decreases and get comfortable picking up stitches, but the end result was that this technique did work for my sweaters!  Oh happy day!

I love learning new processes or techniques; it keeps me excited to continue designing and making.  Do you thrive on learning new things?

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You can see the smooth underarm area without the added bulk of a seam.  The longer sleeved sweaters and those knit with heavier yarn will benefit the most from this technique.

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Gracie and I thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed seeing her new fall ensemble.

Gracie’s new ensemble, “A Plummy Fall”, will be available tonight (September 15, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST at cindyricedesigns.com.

“Blue Skies and Sunshine”

“Blue Skies and Sunshine” is my newest creation, and it’s for Gracie, a Kaye Wiggs MSD.  Gracie arrived in March and I’ve been keeping her busy ever since.  This is the 6th outfit I’ve made for her!  If you’d like to see everything I’ve made just for her you can view her Flickr album here.  I’m having fun creating for, and photographing this beauty.

This new ensemble is the 5th colorway I purchased in this fabric–I loved it that much!  I didn’t initially purchase the yellow, but later on I decided the sunny yellow colorway was another “must have”.  Isn’t this the sweetest rose print?  I think this style of fabric (soft and feminine) is my absolute favorite style, not that I can pass up the “cute and colorful”.

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Kaye Wiggs, Millie, got two ensembles in this print, ivory and blue.

The Little Darlings got three:  pinky pink, lavender pink, and ivory.  Since I didn’t yet have Alice, Gina and Lucy modeled these three.

If you’d like to see the posts from each of these past ensembles click on the following links for each title:  “Cutie in the Garden”, “Spring Princess”, “Rosey Princess”, “Sweet Princess”, “Pink Happiness”.

Now let’s get back to Gracie’s “Blue Skies and Sunshine”.

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Gracie’s cardigan is knit with wool/angora yarn in its natural color.  This yarn is soft and feels a little bit like petting a soft bunny.  The embroidered rose bouquet motifs mirror each other and pick up the colorful motifs in the dress print.

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Gracie’s crocheted hat is made with three fibers in yellow and whites, bamboo and cottons.  The crown features a band made with a coordinating rose print.  A hand made double bow made with hand dyed rayon ribbon and delicate ecru cotton English Cluny lace decorate the side of the hat.

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The brim can be worn up, down, or at an jaunty angle.

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Gracie’s accessories include a crocheted drawstring purse (filled with a little surprise), a bracelet with an adorable flower basket charm, yellow cotton panties, and anklets.

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“Blue Skies and Sunshine” will be available tonight (August 9, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.  Please visit the “Shop What’s New” page at that time for more information.