Ellie’s Tiny Tea Leaves Knit Cardigan

Here is the start of Tiny Tea Leaves.


It just couldn't be any cuter.  I'm knitting this sweater, which is meant to be Ellie's fall cardigan, in Madeline Tosh's Vintage hand-dyed superwash Merino yarn.  The pattern starts at the yoke, and is knit all in one with raglan sleeves.

Progress on this one is going to be slow, but it's so much fun to knit I'm going to have to make time for it.  There are lots of beautiful examples of this sweater on Ravelry if you want to see it knit up without waiting for me.

P.S. – Make sure you check back in over the holiday weekend as I'll be posting a giveaway for some hand-dyed Elliebelly organic Merino yarn.


Knitted Swatch Complete. Gauge Perfect. Oh Joy!

I am a good person.  I will surely go to heaven when I die.  For I have swatched.  I have swatched and gotten gauge.  Not only did I knit the full number of stitches called for, surrounded by a garter stitch border, I blocked my swatch after it was complete.  Yes, surely I will go to heaven.

knitting gauge swatch tiny tea leaves cardigan madeline tosh vintage yarn

Even if I don't make it to heaven, I have high hopes that Ellie's fall sweater (the Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan, knit in Madeline Tosh's Vintage Merino) will fit because my gauge is perfect.  It's perfect after blocking.  And this must be a good omen from the knitting gods that all is well.

gauge swatch tiny tea leaves cardigan madeline tosh vintage yarn knitting

I am fascinated by this yarn.  I don't think anyone does single color variations as well as Madeline Tosh.  I adore her yarns.  This one is a superwash merino, and it has an odd texture, almost coarse but not unpleasant.  The surprise came when I washed my swatch and it softened up nicely into something you would want to rub against your face.  Hopefully I'll get to spend some time with Tiny Tea Leaves this week.  I can't wait to get started, now that the swatching is done.


Virtual Yardsale – Updated 2/11

Welcome to My Virtual Yard Sale.  I’m spring cleaning, so I’m looking for good homes for art supplies, children’s clothing, and other household items.  It makes me sad to see things going unused on the shelves.

Kiln for Precious Metal Clay and other PMC Items — contact me at joyce at elliebelly dot com if you are interested in any of these items.  I would prefer to sell it all together

Lot of Boys 4T/5T clothing for $20 plus shipping

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size 4 navy blue “place” long khaki style pants
5 gap kids khaki shorts with great pockets
4/5 red bravaa soccer shorts
4/5 grey crew cuts cotton jersey shorts – only work twice
100 hanna anderson blue jersey shorts
unknown brand green plaid shorts
4 gymboree plaid shorts
4 polo jeans company tee in nice worn in boy shape
4-5 crew cuts navy tee
5 T circo yellow/gray striped tee
4/5 crewcuts lobster tee — very very cute
5T cherokee white/argyle vest-cute for easter with 1 very small minor stain at the neckline that should come out but you have to look pretty hard to see it. Including light blue shorts that look cute with them but do have a nickel sized stain 4″ down from the waist — again i think this will come out