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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.

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Bouquets for You from Us

Hello, my friends.  Tomorrow is Mother’s Day in the U.S.  It is a day for pampering our moms and those who care for us.  Even if you don’t celebrate this day take a moment to receive some flower bouquets from my sweet girls.  They’ll pamper you just because…

Patience (from Tonner/Wilde Imagination) has picked a little bouquet of bright pink and ivory blossoms.  She’s tied them all together with an even brighter pink ribbon.  Patience is wearing an ensemble from 2017 called “Happiness in Pink”.  Her hot pink mohair cardigan is knit with my Classic Cardigan for Patience.  (The pattern can be found here  and purchased on Ravelry.)

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Patsy has picked a bouquet of pure white long stemmed blossoms for you.  She’s tied the stems together with streamers of warm pink ribbon.  How sweet she is!  Patsy is wearing an ensemble from 2017 titled “Blossom for my Love-ly”.  Her mohair cardigan has also been knit with my Patsy knitting pattern.  More information about the Light Cardigan for Patsy can be found here and purchased on Ravelry.

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My Little Darling, Lucy, (#3 sculpt painted by Helen Skinner) has picked a pink rose with ivory blossoms and tied them all together with a lilac ribbon for you.  Lucy is wearing a summery sweater dress from 2016.  The ensemble is titled “My Favorite Roses” , more photos and info. can be found by clicking the title.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern for this one.  The sweater dress pattern I have for these girls uses a slightly heavier weight yarn.

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Next, is my Little Darling, Gina who is the #1sculpt and painted by Geri Uribe.  Gina has found spring daisies and arranged them in a cute sprinkling can for you.  Gina tied a warm pink bow around the blossoms.  “Daisy Chain” is from 2016; more photos and information can be found here.  Her mohair cardigan is knit with my Light Cardigan pattern using the short sleeves and long version instructions.  This pattern has 3 sleeve lengths and 3 body length versions (all can be mixed and matched for 9 total possibilities).  The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.

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Gracie (Kaye Wiggs MSD sized BJD) has really gone all out!  She’s put together a basket of mauve roses, pink blossoms, and a little teddy bear holding a “made with love” charm.  Tied on the handle is a pink bow.  Gracie’s ensemble is from 2017 and titled “A Springtime Garden Stroll”.  Her cardigan was knit with my pattern for her.  More information on the pattern can be found here and purchased on Ravelry.

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Lucy is my Little Darling (#1 sculpt) painted by Nelly Valentino.  She has picked a full bouquet of ivory and peachy pink blossoms for you.  Tied around the stems is a bow with beaded ends.  Her ensemble is from 2017 and titled “Princess in Peach”.  Her cardigan pattern hasn’t been published as shown.  I think I may have used the Lace Cardigan pattern using only the lace panel for the sleeves and made it one repeat shorter, but I cannot remember for sure.  Also, the Aunt Lydia’s #10 bamboo thread (discontinued by Red Heart) knits up as wide as fingering, but with a different row gauge, so you get a shorter sweater. I’m not sure if I re-spaced the buttonholes for a shorter sweater.

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Here is Penny (Linda Macario BJD).  Penny has picked a tiny bouquet of ivory blossoms, tied them together with pink satin ribbon, and added a pink heart because she loves you.  Penny wears a sweater dress ensemble from 2016.  It is titled “Pastels in the Garden”.  This is another style I haven’t published, but I love sweater dresses on Penny.  BTW, I do have one pattern for Penny, Polly, and Patty.  It is a Classic Cardigan and can be found using the link and purchased on Ravelry.

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Last, by not least, is Millie (11″ Kaye Wiggs BJD).  Millie has picked a lush bouquet of light pink and ivory blossoms.  She’s tied the stems together with a bit of beautiful lace and pink ribbon just for you.  Millie wears an ensemble from 2016 titled “Cutie in the Garden”.  For more photos and information about her ensemble click the link.

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I hope you all are enjoying the weekend.  For those moms who celebrate Mother’s Day–Happy Mother’s Day to you! ❤

 

New Pattern, Snow!, and a Hello from Sugar

Hello there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I am looking out my window on this April 15th morning… Mother Nature, what are you thinking?!

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It snowed all day long yesterday.  We ended up with 8 inches of snow–a lot for mid April.

My husband and daughter had some fun yesterday and brought this life sized snowman to life.  (Poor thing has already lost his eyes and mouth–he’s melting!)  But, look how cute he was yesterday!  They had fun!

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In anticipation of the snowstorm we picked all of our daffodils Saturday night that we didn’t think would survive the heavy wet snow.  I’m glad we did as they really brighten up the house and remind us that it is indeed spring.

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Dolly News!

My PukiPuki Sugar has a new dress/hat set.  She loves it, and wanted to show you–and also to say hello.

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Her hat was one of the samples I knit from my newly published Amelia Thimble Hat Set Pattern.  The pattern is available on Ravelry.

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Below is a slideshow of past hats made using these patterns.  They each use tiny amounts of lace weight yarn, so you can use up little bits to create you own tiny hat wardrobe.

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