Imperial Candlewick

A recent remodel means there's dust everywhere and gives me the opportunity to clean (oh joy, but actually do mean it because I love to organize and clean) out every cupboard.  Everything is getting emptied out and washed, and nothing is going back in unless it is either loved or used often.  

THIS is something I use often and love so much.

I'd like to share my mother's beautiful wedding china that she gave me years ago.  Imperial stared making Candlewick in the 30's and this high quality affordable glass quickly became extremely popular.  Mother picked it out when she was a teen.  In her small town there was a little china shop where all the girls would pick out their wedding china, and when a birthday would come around their friends would give them a piece of china to save in their hope chest.  It's such a nice old-fashioned tradition, I wish they would have had that in my day.  I have mom's cedar hope chest now holding out-of-season sweaters and I have her beautiful Candlewick.  Take a look at some of the collection.
Tiered and footed pieces are so useful on the buffet table.
The extravagant punch bowl!

Extra large platters and bowls are used often.  Large platters like these aren't easy to find.
Divided dishes were so popular in the 40s and easy to find now.
A quick search on Ebay showed over 1,800 pieces for sale!  Candlewick pieces pop up in antique stores and rummage sales too.
Classic Candlewick fan shaped vases.
Stacked ashtrays and celery plate, so necessary in the 50s!
I especially love the heart shaped pieces.
The water goblets are just the right size for wine these days.
One big cabinet holds mother's set.  The easy access, it's charming beauty and the way it matches well with every occasion and table setting make this pretty collection something I use often.



I recently finished 3 long neglected WIPs!  My reward was starting this pretty shawl and a few more pieces too.  For each piece I finished, I started another.  I never manage to work on just one at a time, I have given up ever doing that.  I'll share pictures soon.  I'm loving knitting this one.

Kelly

Kelly is a perfect cardigan.  The soft pink mohair/silk KSH combo with a dash of sparkle, pearl buttons and timeless style make this sweater a hit.  It's simple, but the simple ones get the most wear from me.
Now sometimes, for no real reason, a project will languish at the bottom of my basket, this one for about 3 years.  I don't know why I ignored this sweet sweater.  I LOVE Kidsilk Haze with a passion, and doubly love it when it is knit doubled.  Plus I've knit Kelly before and love it.
This is the second FO of my US Open Challenge.  While I'm watching tennis on TV,  I'm determined to only knit projects that have been ignored.  Kelly only had a sleeve and the finishing to do.  Done in one 5 set match!
Now I'm on to the Cranberry Capelet that only has the rib to go.  I'll finish that up when I watch the men's final tonight.  I'm a girl on a mission and it feels so good to finish up some neglected projects.

Kelly Cardigan from Classic Knits by Erica Knight, great book.
6 skeins of Kidsilk Night in Ballerina, KSH with a tiny bit of sparkle.

The neckline on the pattern is pretty tight, so started the neckline on the fronts a little sooner for a bit more neck room, also made buttonholes instead of the snaps.  Raveled here.