Category Archives: Sweaters

September

Hello, September!  And hello, my friends!  How are you?

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It was a stormy day yesterday, Saturday, and a thunderstorm-y rumbly Saturday night/Sunday morning.  At times the rain came down so hard that I wondered where it would go (yes, the storms woke me up).  I was up very early Saturday morning and caught this fleeting yet beautiful sunrise before it got dark and then rainy.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Yesterday I finished up Ann Estelle’s ensemble, “Tiny Dancer”.  Well, almost, I just need to make her a pair of tights.  Here’s a quick photo I took of her.  I think she loves it judging by her happy expression.  Little girls love pink and lilac—big girls too.  These two colors were my grandmother’s favorites.

Ann’s cardigan was knit from my “Light Cardigan” pattern for Patsy and Ann.  I used Knit Picks Aloft in Pennyroyal.  For embellishment, I added some delicate beadwork to the cardigan.  Ann’s dress was made with the teensiest ballerinas that I’ve ever seen.  It’s part of Lecien’s Minny Muu collection.  Ann wears a beaded crocheted headband and holds a tiny crocheted drawstring bag.

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I told you about the dyeing I did last weekend.  This past week I started knitting a Simple Yet Effective Cowl designed by Tin Can Knits.  I like long cowls and needed two skeins of DK for this one, so am combining the two blue skeins I dyed.  I am alternating between the two skeins every three rows for a sort of stripey look.  I’m not sure if I’ll like it; it looks very masculine to me, but I will finish it; it just may make a nice basic when the cold weather is here.

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Here’s the yarn before I started knitting with it.  It looks so much more colorful.  Something I’ve learned after dyeing a number of skeins is that knitting blends the yarn together so that it looks more muted.  I’ve seen this happen every time.

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These are the other three skeins I dyed last week to make the Jodi Shawl by Joji Locatelli.  I want the border to be considerably brighter than the rest, however, I’m thinking this peach won’t be bright enough.  Maybe it will go back in the dye pot for some pink and warm red speckles or splotches.

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Oh, and I mentioned trying out avocado pit dyeing.  The tank top sat in the pot for a short time and most of the dye washed right out.  I did want it pastel though.  I’m curious as to how it will wash.  I saved the dye to use again; the shade of pink is a favorite of mine.

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Well, that’s all the goings on from around here.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this past week. ❤

 

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Still Searching… Has Anyone Found It?

I’m still searching and still asking, “Where, oh where, is spring?”  Seriously, this cold and “other stuff” is getting OLD!

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Ugh!  It really is as cold as it looks, too!  It’s 25° F (-4 C) with a wind chill of 11° F (-12 C)!  That’s pretty impressive for April 4th!

However, the flowers are really blooming—on my tiny little knitwear anyway.

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We can dream, can’t we?

If you have found spring please let me know.  I’d love to hear.  Have a great day, my friends and stay warm. ❤

“Wishing for Spring”

Hello there, my friends!  How has March been going for you so far? Do you have any spring fever starting, or autumn excitement if you are in the southern hemisphere?  I love the seasonal changes.

Lucy is most definitely wishing for spring here in northern Illinois, and I am right along there with here.  We had some springlike days last week; they were sunny and warm-ish, perfect for erasing any of the remaining winter doldrums.

We’ve had 7 straight days of sun-filled gems which have been glorious!  I haven’t taken even one of them for granted. ❤  It’s hard to tell yet, but maybe we’ll have an eighth.

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To celebrate March, I’d like to show you Lucy wearing “Wishing for Spring”.  Her mohair/silk cardigan is in the most luscious green, kind of greenish turquoise.  I embroidered blossoms in pinks and peach along the front neckline and shoulder area to this light-as-a-feather cardigan.  They have tiny ivory Delica beads as their centers.

I knit this cardigan from my Little Darlings “Light Cardigan” pattern.  I used the longest length and the elbow length sleeve instructions.  You can find the pattern here.

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Lucy’s pretty cotton floral dress is printed with pink and peach posies and tiny turquoise/green buds.  They pick up the color in the cardigan nicely.  French cotton lace decorates the hemline, and a thin pink satin ribbon ties around the waistline.

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“Wishing for Spring” is a one-of-a-kind creation.  It will be available tonight (Sunday, March 4, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all have a beautiful day! ❤