Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my love-ly friends!  Do you have any special plans for today?  I’m afraid it’s work as usual over here, but that is fine with me as the sun is shining.  Yay!

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The collage above is from 2014.  Thought you might like to see it again, or for the first time.  I was sure busy making Valentine’s Day dresses back then, wasn’t I?

What have I been working on lately?  Well, my cowl is nearly complete.  It would be complete right now if I wanted to make it per the pattern, but I’d like it a little longer, so am going to use up as much of the 100 grams of yarn I can.

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I finished my second pair of socks.  They’ve been soaked in lavender wash and blocked,  and awaiting for their recipient to come home for spring break.

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I’ve also been working on a new knitting pattern on and off for a couple of weeks.  To say that the math was blowing my mind is putting it lightly, and really, I realize it shouldn’t have been that hard.  Notice all the graph paper; things got a lot easier when I started using that.  (Thank goodness I found some in the house.)

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I completed a Little Darling ensemble yesterday!  Lucy is wearing it and oh, so happy.  I just got finished with the photo shoot and still have to edit the photos.  Here’s a sneak peek of Lucy while she was waiting (patiently) for me to set things up for the photo shoot.

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Wishing you all a very beautiful Valentine’s Day!

❤ ❤ ❤

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A New Friend and Other Stuff

Yesterday someone new arrived at my studio.  Her name is Claudette and she’s a giraffe—that is, a handmade mohair giraffe made by Carolyn at Warm Heart Bears.  I couldn’t resist her sweet face.  I tried, I really did, but couldn’t do it, so I adopted her.  Now she lives here with me… and my other girls and animal friends.

I think I fell for Claudette because she reminded me of a character from a game my daughter and I used to play when she was young, and so, she represented nostalgia for me.  This character was named Gracie and she lived in our Animal Crossing towns that we played on our Nintendo DS.  (Yes, I know I was a bit old for this game, but the graphics and game interactions were so different from anything I had ever seen before.)  Gracie was the fashionista in this game and she happened to be a long and lanky giraffe (like a fashion model).

Amelia Thimble, being the pushy extroverted one around here, often gets to introduce you to the new arrivals, so here she is to welcome Claudette.

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Amelia Thimble has never seen a giraffe and is quite amazed at Claudette’s size.

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Oh, but Claudette is so soft and so nice; Amelia adores her.

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Carolyn sold out of all but one of her babies from her Winter Stars 2018 collection in the teddy bear show over the weekend.  Actually, most were gone within the first hour.  It’s a good thing otherwise, I would have maybe probably picked up another one… or two.  The last remaining cutie is a kitty named Rochelle.  You can see her here.  The little teddy bear to the left of Amelia Thimble is Ivy and she was a gift from Carolyn in September.  If you’d like to seem my post announcing Ivy’s arrival click here.  I’m a fan!  Her work is perfection!

Now that it’s February snow production has finally kicked in.  It snowed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday night, and more is coming tomorrow.  (While writing this post it started snowing a little again!)

Monday we had a beautifully sunny morning and I wanted to capture a little of the beauty.  The snow glistened like glitter and was mesmerizing.

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The snow on these tree branches remind me of snowflake patterns.

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The birds have eaten almost all of the berries of of the burning bush shrubs but a few remained.

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On Sunday, I dyed a skein of fingering weight merino for another cowl and started knitting it first thing on Monday morning.  It’s so much fun seeing how the color changes knit up that I usually can’t wait to get started.

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The Bobble Cowl pattern is by Joji Locatelli and can be purchased on Ravelry.

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I love the pattern but I’m not sure I’ll love the overall color tone of the cowl; the yarn is knitting up yellower than I’d like.  I thought I was using the grayish blue (don’t even see grayish blue!), peachy pink, and golden yellow dye equally while putting the yarn in the dye pot.  Hmm… so much to learn.

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I hope you are having a great week!  Enjoy the rest of it.  Thanks for stopping by. ❤

Snowy Super Bowl Sunday

Not quite a blizzard out there, but it’s snowy.  It’s not the gently falling, huge flaky kind of snow, but the blowing and swirling around bits of snow.  We don’t have much on the ground, but it sure is cold and uninviting outside; I think I’ll stay in.

Today I wanted to show you what I made for my daughter who is away at college.  She has opened the package, so no surprises will be ruined.  Last week I sent her a handful of knitted heart sachets.

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Some of the yarn I used has special meaning.  The largest heart is made from the cabled headband I knit for her, and the tiny burgundy heart is from the first pair of socks I made her.  The multi heart is from the yarn I dyed and made into a cowl.  The other two are from stash.

I tried to find a heart pattern, but couldn’t find anything that worked for me or that I liked, that is, easy enough.  I used the techniques I learned from Susan B. Anderson’s “My First Toe-Up Socks” Craftsy class and came up with my own way.  With the exception of the largest heart, (I need some more DPN sizes) I went down a needle size to keep the knitted fabric dense so that the stuffing wouldn’t show through.

I stuffed them with wool roving and lavender buds.  I wrapped the roving around the lavender buds and the wool kind of locked them in place.  I also added a drop or two of lavender essential oil for extra scent.

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My pattern uses Judy’s Magic Cast On, knitting on DPNs, moving stitches onto waste yarn, grafting for closing up the tops, as well as increases and decreases.  They are a bit fiddly but fun and cute all the same.

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With the little knit hearts gone, I was wanting some lavender to smell for myself, so I unpicked the lining on this cross stitch heart sachet I made decade ago.  The lavender was so old it had lost its purple color.  I filled it in the same way as I did the knit hearts.  It’s hanging in my sewing room where I catch the faintest lavender scent as I move around my room.  Sorry, these two photos are blurry—didn’t use a tripod and it was kind of dark yesterday.

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Enjoy your day, be it a sunny or snowy, Super Bowl Sunday, my friends.  Thanks for stopping by.

❤ ❤ ❤