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Bella Has Been “Mushroom Hunting”

2022, as is autumn, seems to be fading fast. This morning it is snowing here in northern Illinois–and will continue on and off until tomorrow morning. *sigh* I never feel ready for the first snowfall. There are always a jumble of phrases going through my head. Mostly I hear “n-o-o-o-o not yet–too early”, or something silly like that. Last Thursday I was out for a walk in shorts and a tank top (and was still very warm), and the begonias were still blooming. *sighing again*

Anyway,… on to sweet Bella (a Ruby Red Fashion Friend) who has been pestering me to show you her brand new fall ensemble. She may have snuck out mushroom hunting, so I apologize if she has soiled her dress. 😉

Bella’s knitwear is made with the softest silk yarn. It is a little hard to knit with, so I only purchased it in this one color–and also it was quite pricey. But, oh, the luxury! Bella loves it! It is a now discontinued yarn from Knit Picks, Diadem Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk) in the Pearl Solid color way. Maybe you have some in your stash?

I crocheted a gathering basket out of 10lb. hemp cord. It is rustic and gives the effect of an authentic basket. Bella has gathered a few interesting mushrooms. They have been knit with fingering weight wool in coordinating colors and embellished with various beads.

Bella’s dress fabric is one of my all time favorite prints. It’s so cozy, colorful, and mushroom-y. I find mushrooms very interesting… The fabric is from 2015–“Faraway Forest” by Lizzie Mackay by Blend. I previously used this fabric for a Little Darlings ensemble in 2016. You can see that post here.

Bella and I are wishing you a great day. We are making a conscious effort to enjoy the beautiful “white stuff” happening outside. What do you see outside your window? Please say hello. I’d love to hear from you❤️❤️❤️!

“Autumn Sunset”

We’ve been having some of the most gorgeous sunsets this month.  This fabric by Rifle Paper Co. reminds me so much of the orange-y reds and peach colors in the autumn sky.  Aren’t the the colors in this print gorgeous for this time of year?

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My Little Darling, Alice, is here to model “Autumn Sunset” for you.

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I hand dyed bare merino wool to a tonal peach to get the perfect color of yarn for this sweater.  This merino yarn is a single ply, so it’s very soft and slightly fuzzy.  I embroidered two coordinating floral motifs on the front of the sweater.

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Alice wears a vintage styled headband ear warmer which also has an embroidered rose motif at each side.  The bow ties off to the side under her chin.  I also have a pattern available for this headband ear warmer.

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Black accents looked perfect with this ensemble, so I used jet black Czech beads, Delica beads, and black grosgrain ribbon.

Alice’s other accessories include a customized miniature bear, bracelet, and peach cotton tights.

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“Autumn Sunset” will be available tonight (September 30, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Enjoy this last September weekend everyone!

One, Two, New Patterns!

I’ve been hard at work the last two days trying to get these two designs into pattern form for all of you knitters.  And I did it!  I’ve completed them just in time so that you have something fun to do during your holiday downtime.

When all of the holiday work is done you can relax in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea or cocoa or coffee, a plate of cookies, and knit your Little Darling cute winter wear.  If your weather has been anything like ours she’ll need it.

LD eyelet capelet pattern p1

LD headband earwarmer pattern p1

You’ll find both of these patterns to be a quick knit, especially the headband earwarmer.  And if you have more than one Little Darling, you can make each of them a winter set.

The patterns are for sale on Ravelry.  Click on the “Shop Patterns” tab.