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Busy Bee Week

Hi there! ❤  How’s the new season treating you?  It’s day 3 of autumn over here in northern Illinois.  The weather has been bee-utiful!  Not one single complaint do I have!

After an early morning yoga class on Monday I did not feel like heading home.  It was a gorgeous day and I was very close to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  We are a member, so parking is free and there is no entrance fee so why not stop by for a little while, right?  (BTW, I ended up staying for more than a little while)  It was great!

I took some photos to document the first day of fall 2019.  The roses in the Rose Garden were still blooming profusely and their scent was heavenly.

The only trees I noticed that had begun to change were in the Rose Garden.

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Speaking of bee-utiful!  How about this busy bee!  He seemed to love the roses as much as I did.  There were ‘zillions’ of busy bees all over the many roses.

The hutch in the English Walled Garden has showcased grape hyacinths, geraniums, succulents, and now violas throughout the 2019 season.  These violas are definitely my favorites.  I love these tiny pansy-like blossoms so much.  The basic variety reseeds in my (neglected) garden each year.  I’d love to have all of these color combinations. *sigh*

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Here are a few more photos I took at the gardens.  Still looks quite summery, right?

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While there I had lunch outdoors and did some sock knitting too.  One of the specials that day was Mushroom (sorry, Terri) Leek Flatbread.  It was a treat and very yummy! I wish you all could have joined me!

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Yesterday I got Amelia Thimble’s Sweater Dress Extension pattern published.  It’s in my Ravelry shop.

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As I was writing my blog post on Monday morning I noticed how the sunrise hit some of the trees in the backyard.  They looked like they had begun turning color, but that’s the sunshine hitting them.  So enchanting!  I love early mornings.

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Today wasn’t my most productive.  I had an appointment at the hospital which left me feeling quite tired afterwards.  Everything is fine, but it’s quite a long drive and just stressful in general going there.  I did manage to get this post written though. 🙂  And I am glad I did; it was so very nice visiting with you! ❤  Thank you for stopping by!

I’m hoping tomorrow is back to full steam ahead.

What I’m Working On…

Hi, my friends!  I wanted to pop in quickly and show you what I’ve been working on.  I have been knitting…

I am working on a pattern expansion for Amelia Thimble’s sweater dress pattern here.  This will not be a full pattern (you will need the original to complete the dress); the expansion will contain additional instructions to make a longer, fuller skirt with a ruffle at the hemline.  I’ve seen independent sewing pattern companies offer expansion packs with their sewing patterns and I think it’s a great idea.  It will be one to two weeks before this pattern expansion is ready.  I still need to write out the mini pattern and then test it.

Here is a photo from the first sweater dress I made using this idea.  These skirts are actually how I first started knitting sweater dresses for Amelia Thimble back in 2012.  I made a few changes for this 2019 version.  Here is Amelia Thimble doing a little fall clean up.  She is such a helpful little doll, isn’t she? 😉  BTW, Amelia Thimble’s pumpkin hat was made using Amelia Thimble’s Hat Set pattern.

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I’ve been knitting a sweater dress for the Little Darlings.  I was inspired by this striped sweater and reworked my Little Darling sweater dress pattern to include some colorful stripes.  I also changed the garter edgings to ribbed edgings.

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So, that’s what I’ve been doing over the past few days.  What have you been working on?

A New Dress for Alice

Happy Monday, friends!  July is well underway and summer weather has finally arrived here in northern Illinois.  I’m not sure what took it so long this year, but nevertheless, I am happy it has arrived.

My Little Darling, Alice, has a new dress for these beautiful summer days.  This buttery soft sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo crochet thread.  The bamboo fiber makes for a very soft dress with lots of drape–not stiff in the least.

I embroidered a few free form floral motifs on the front of the dress–nothing too measured and precise.  I kept the look free flowing and made up the composition as I went.  Free and easy is perfect for this relaxing time of year.

Here’s a photo I previously posted when I started the embroidery–outside on the most perfect weather day.  I got almost all of it done that day, and finished it up this weekend.

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Isn’t Alice beautiful?  She is painted by Nelly Valentino.  I love her brown eyes and warm coloring.

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I have decided to keep this dress for my Little Darlings’ closet.  They get to keep so few things that I make…  (Thank you for understanding.)

I hope you all have a great week with beautiful summer (or fall) weather.  Thanks so much for visiting with me today, my friends.