Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oh, Happy Day!

After Baby Sister was born, I looked forward to seeing her in some of the smocked dresses I had made for my own two daughters when they were little. But when we moved to the farm, things were stored differently than our old house and I could not find these dresses. We looked and looked everywhere. Twice. I finally gave up and accepted the fact that somehow in the moving process, they had been lost.

But last weekend, I found one box we had overlooked--an unlabeled box filled with these clothes! Baby Sister has already outgrown a few things, but there are plenty more that she can wear. How much fun for me to have a granddaughter wear my hand smocked dresses!!! 

I have enjoyed doing some kind of handwork most of my life. The first thing I remember making (other than pot holders on a metal loom) was a suit for my Barbie doll. It had a double-breasted jacket and I used tiny beads from a broken necklace for the buttons. I sewed it all by hand because I didn't know how to use a sewing machine.

Pattern:  Stripe Study Shawl
Yarn:  Ella Rae Lace Merino
Needles: Size 6

I still enjoy making things all these years later. Now, it's usually knitted. I just finished this striped shawl yesterday. Now I just have to wait for a day when it is not 90 degrees outside! Surely winter will come eventually.

P.S.  I found the box of dresses because I was searching for a box of antique linens--which I still haven't found. Wonder where on earth they are hiding?


  1. Those. Dresses. Are. So. Very. Beautiful!!!

  2. I just love smocked dresses on little girls. Those are lovely!

  3. Better than winning the lottery! So sweet, and now LK will be able to wear them. Too bad about the antique linen...another treasure. DUN

  4. OH! So happy the box was there safe and sound and all those lovely dresses can be enjoyed again and remembered for all the love and fun the first go around. Nothing better than handwork. Love your shawl. Looks great.


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