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?