Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Sweater for Sally...I Mean, Grace!

Last summer, for our tenth anniversary, my husband Kevin and I returned to the UK for a 10-day vacation.  We had originally been here on our honeymoon 10 years previous.

We visited many beautiful and historic cities such as Glasgow, Belfast, Salisbury and Cardiff.  

One of my favourite cities was York. What a place!
The most breathtaking attraction we visited in the city was the Minster. It was begun in 1220 and was still under construction in the 1500s.  It grew and grew until it was the biggest cathedral in northern Europe.  

Not far from the Minster is the "Shambles," a 14th century street with many old timber-framed shops that used to be butcher's shops in past centuries. Now these buildings have been turned into modern storefronts that sell anything from clothing to cards.  

My favourite shop was this itty-bitty yarn store tucked in behind a few souvenir shops.  The owner had walls and walls of pretty wool and yarn and she let me take a few pictures of displays. Her only request - that I buy a few things before I go.

No problem!!

Because I was travelling and living out of a suitcase I had to keep my purchases small, so I narrowed my purchase down  to 3 balls of the prettiest peach yarn I had ever seen.  It reminded me of ice cream.  Threaded through it was a crystal accent that caught the light perfectly and I knew exactly what I would do with it.

My friend Julie was about to give birth to her third child and we knew she was going to be a girl.  
Throughout her pregnancy she had joked with her other two children that they would name the baby "Sally" after the little girl in the "Cat in the Hat" TV show.  

Julie's hair has a slight tinge of gingery red.  Neither of her previous children were "red" at all, so maybe THIS time baby "Sally" would arrive with a tinge of ginge.
This peachy yarn would be perfect on a little red-head!

Well - Baby "Sally" arrived in October and her real name became Grace.  Julie's older children adored their new baby sister but were truly disappointed that her name wasn't "Sally!"

And isn't she adorable? 
And yes - she has a tinge of ginge.

And the pretty peach yarn knitted into the perfect little sweater for such a sweet little lady.

Enjoy these sunshiney days, everyone!




  1. What a sweetie! And that sweater is beautiful and such a delicious color.

    So fun to come upon your photos of York. It is one of my very favorite places. I'm so glad you got to return to the UK for a visit.

  2. John is from Yorkshire - loved seeing these pictures - the Shambles are just spectacular, aren't they?
    And the Minster - I can remember actually " feeling " the history in my bones walking through there ( John sang there as a child in a choir !!! )
    Beautiful post!!!
    And Grace is too adorable for words!

  3. What a sweetheart, that sweater really suits her. We go to York often it's a beautiful city and the coastline up there is so pretty too. Sarah x

  4. Oooo isn't she a little sweetie!! York is a really beautiful city and the Minster is oozing history along with the Shambles, a fantastic place. We're off there for a day in the summer holidays. xx

  5. York is beautiful - haven't been for many years but I do remember that feeling of history. Little Grace is absolutely gorgeous - a perfect model for your cardigan x Jane

  6. SO JEALOUS of your trip! The sweater is adorable! :)

  7. Amazing sweater and so cute baby!!!
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  8. Oh my goodness! That is a gorgeous sweater Bronwyn! You are such an amazing friend to make such a special gift! I will say it are so talented! Have a wonderful May Long weekend! Angie xo

  9. What a good friend you are to make such a beautiful sweater for precious little Grace. I envy your knitting skills!

  10. I love the sweater. And Grace is adorable.

  11. Gorgeous!

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  12. Cute sweater! I love the color. And adorable baby, too!

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