A Tiny Twofer

My newest ensembles may be tiny, but I have two for you!  Tiny plus tiny equals one regular, right?  Hmm, probably not . . . Amelia Thimble’s sets are so teeny tiny; I probably need another one or two of her sets to equal a regular sized ensemble.

I haven’t made anything new for Amelia Thimble and Izzy since Christmastime (wow!), so it took me awhile to get into the groove of this tiny work again.  I kept making mistakes while trying to understand my crazy pattern writing, but I figured it out, and am now loving this work again.

Here’s the first one I made.  It’s called “A Tiny Bit for Fall”.  I took inspiration from the sweater dress ensemble, “Winter Garden”, I made for the Little Darlings earlier this year.  I picked out some of the same floss colors and worked my embroidery symmetrically, which I don’t usually do for these tiny dresses.

During the photo shoot I found the yarn color hard to photograph.  It’s a bit more purply than this, really lovely.  I used a lace weight merino/silk blend.  Since I am getting comfortable (and loving) using dpn needles, this hat was knit in the round without seams.

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I’ve been watching knitting podcasts on YouTube lately and have been inspired by all of the hand dyed sock yarn out there (there’s tons of it, and it’s all so beautiful).  So another Craftsy class I enrolled in was Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home.  (They have a sale going on right now.)  Even though I’ve been dyeing my own yarn, I still learned some new things.  Additionally, I’d love to see a more advanced class and a class for dyeing plant fibers.

I hand dyed my yarn for this next dress/hat set.  I wanted to get a self striping effect, so while knitting the first dress I figured out usage amounts along the way.  It didn’t work perfectly as a yard knits up more rows in the bodice than in the skirt, but I still like the look.  It was fun, and will try more color variations in the future.

Here is my second set for Amelia Thimble titled, “Sunshiny Autumn Days”.

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I adapted the headband hat pattern that I’ve been making for the Little Darlings to fit Amelia Thimble.  It’s so tiny, there’s not even room for a bow, so a little knot has to make do!  The headband is a solid color that matches the main embroidered rose on the dress.

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Both of these sets will be available Saturday (September 24, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thanks for visiting;  Amelia is thrilled (I am too!) you did!  Bye for now!

“A Rosy Cozy Fall”

Today is officially the last day of summer 2016!  No more talking about how summer ends on Labor Day, or meteorological fall begins on September first.  This is it, for real!

Are you ready for the autumn season to begin?  I think I am finally ready to say I am ready for some fall-like weather.  I do love those cozy sweaters, mugs of hot apple cider, and sitting in front of the fireplace, don’t you?  I think autumn is the coziest of seasons.

Gina is here to welcome fall in her cozy new ensemble.

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Gina’s sweater, hat, and scarf are all knit with Peruvian Highland wool.  This pink color is one of my favorites in this yarn.  It is a rosy heather and absolutely gorgeous, in my opinion, but then I love pink.  Her scarf is made out of a blue-ish red and colorful fringe coordinates it with this outfit.

The colors in this cotton floral fabric aren’t your typical fall colors, but I think they are perfect for fall.  Besides the rosy pink, you’ll find raspberry, dark avocado outlines, yellow green leaves, and a surprising shade of a bluer green (love this one).

Gina’s sweater is a cropped long sleeved sweater which reaches to the bottom of the dress’s bodice.  Since the flowers on the dress are petaled flowers, I made my bullion blossoms a bit different.  I quite like the different shape of these.

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Gina’s hat is snuggly and warm with earflaps to cover her ears.  The hat ties underneath her chin and off to the side.  I made the ties different lengths so that when tied the bow’s tails are even.  I added a bit of embroidery to the hat also.

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Gina has a coordinating necklace and bracelet to go with her fall ensemble.  Off white tights keep her little legs warm.

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Gina’s “A Rosy Cozy Fall” ensemble will be available tonight (September 21, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

So what is your favorite part of fall?  I’d love to hear!  Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today.❤