Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Hello and Brrr!

Hello from “Winter Wonder Land”. Winter weather in northern Illinois has finally caught up with the season we are currently living in. It is COLD and our landscape is covered in piles of frosty white. It’s taken this long for it to finally feel like winter, which is when I start dreaming of… yes, spring!

Last week was filled with lots of knitting and no finished projects to show you yet. However, I still managed to make a short YouTube video showing my work for the week.

This week I am working on embroidery for the two doll cardigans I was knitting last week. I have also just published a free pattern on Ravelry for one-piece knit hearts. The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but is easily adaptable for any weight yarn with appropriate needles. This handful of hearts was made with fingering, sport, DK, worsted, chunky, chunky/fingering, fingering/lace mohair. The width is easily changed too. It’s all in my video and pattern.

A few of these hearts were made years ago as sachets, but the lavender smell is long gone. I was thinking of stringing all of together them and turning the lot into a garland. What do you think? Do you have any ideas?

The pattern and be found here. And the accompanying YouTube video is below. Enjoy!

I hope you are having a great week! Hugs from here! 🤗 Take care my friends. ❤️

Cozy Sweater Dress Weather Continues

Sweater Dress weather continues here in northern Illinois.  While it is snowy and cold outside I love to sit in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea, coffee, or cappuccino and knit little dresses and sweaters that will be made into pretty ensembles for one of my girls (dolls).  I love the simplicity of a sweater dress and the large area it presents for embellishment.  It is like a blank canvas waiting  to be painted upon.

cozy hugs for you 545Kaye Wiggs Millie is the perfect little model for a sweater dress.  She is only 11″ tall with a slender body so I can nip in the waistline a bit and give the skirt a slight flare and it is very flattering on her.  This sweater dress started out with a pair of printed tights that I ended up not using, but they gave me a starting place for picking  the color palette.  I ended up using more floss colors than I usually do for the embroidering on this dress.  Each rose uses a different set of colors and the tiny hearts are embroidered in one of three slightly different shades of red.  The slight variation in color makes a more interesting piece, I think.  I am so happy when I learn a little something new.

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The Peruvian Highland wool yarn is a heathered pink color with tiny bits of red orange and magenta mixed in with shades of pink.

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The tassel on Millie’s slouch hat is made with various colors and weights of yarn.

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For more information on Millie’s “Cozy Hugs for You” ensemble please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .

Do You Remember Valentine’s Day in Grade School?

Gosh, I do.  Well . . . sort of.

I remember how much fun it was being allowed to pick out any box of valentines I wanted at the store and addressing them to my friends.  I know these days that if you give one valentine, you give to all.  I don’t remember that being done when I was young.  This is sad, but some classmates wouldn’t get as many valentines as other classmates.  Some only got a few.  😦

I also remember the big box with a slit in the top that had been decorated for Valentine’s Day.  At the start of the school day, we would “mail” our Valentines in the box.  When it came time for our party, one or two students would be in charge of passing out the cards.  We would sit at our desks anticipating the delivery of our valentines.  I hate to say this, but I have a vague memory of students counting the number of valentines they received and comparing them to the amount their other classmates received.

Thankfully, times have changed and everyone is treated fairly, but the excitement of wondering who you will receive a valentine from is gone.  Now it’s all about the candy and who can resist candy?

for my valentines 407My Little Darling, Gina, has been “shopping” for her valentines at Grandma’s house.  Grandma had all sorts of vintage valentines left over from long long ago.  Gina has a bag full and has her pencil ready to start writing out, “Love, Gina”.  There’s even one for her teacher.

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For more information on Gina’s “For My Valentines” ensemble please visit my “Available for Sale” page on cindyricedesigns.com .