May’s Blythe Swap theme was Raindrops and Umbrellas – perfect for spring here in North America. I swapped with Carrie, who is an awesome swap partner (we’ve swapped before), so I was really excited. We both agreed that things that are garden-related fit right into this theme as well.
I received such an amazing package! Carrie included outfits for both Neo and Middie Blythe, as well as a bunch of cute accoutrements and even furniture!
I also had a lot of fun making things for Carrie. I had found some vintage hankies and scarves at recent estate sales, so I used those to make some of the dresses I sent. Of course I also made some handknits!
I recently attended a conference, which means I needed a project to work on so I could focus and listen attentively during long days of sitting in one spot (nothing to do with my hands often means me being distracted by my phone and/or everything else except what I’m supposed to be paying attention to). I had some really lovely gradient yarn in my stash in fingering weight, which is my favorite weight for this type of project: the yarn cake is small enough to be easy to travel with and the yarn is an ideal thickness to work with without my reading glasses on/without paying a ton of attention.
So, here’s the Oryx Scarf! A free pattern I’m happy to share with you. It’s a simple 6-row repeat that’s easy to memorize, and you just keep on knitting until you reach the end of your skein or it’s as long as you want it to be. Pick up this pattern on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.
It’s been ages since I’ve made time to update things over here. Hopefully I can get back in the swing. I’ve also been slacking at making time for pattern publishing – I’ve still been drafting and testing knitting patterns, but haven’t made time to write them up. Again, here’s to getting back into it.
This is a cute little dress for Blythe that is so quick to knit up. It’s super satisfying and uses fingering weight yarn, so it isn’t quite as fiddly for those who dislike using small needles.
It starts out worked flat, but then is joined in the round for most of the bodice, which allows for a relatively shapely fit. You can consider it complete as is, or add some embellishment.
In other news, this girl finally has a name: Sage.
This is the Tony Scarf, which I designed to be one that is different on both sides but is equally pleasing no matter which side you’re looking at. It’s also super easy and will work well with a variety of fibers. This one is made from locally raised alpaca and is THE SOFTEST. This is a great pattern to work while watching a movie and if you choose a yarn this soft, will be as much a pleasure to knit as it is to wear later.
Sometimes you want an accessory that will keep your neck warm but doesn’t have long drapey bits, and this neck wrap is perfect for that! It gives you a lovely bit of color (or not, depending on the yarn you choose) and is a great way to show off that spectacular brooch you picked up at an estate sale last summer (or, as pictured, the one you bought while at a theme park. IT’S ALL GOOD.)