Going Forward and a WIP for Sugar

I woke up this morning, Sunday, and started to reflect on things.  My little world has gone through many changes this year, and I feel I need to change (and grow) along with it, in some way at least.

I believe in giving back, and there are many ways to do that.  Mind you, I have put in my fair share of volunteer work, and donating money to various organizations, but I want to do something different; to give back utilizing the talents God has given me.  As with everyone, he has given me my talents for a reason, and I love what I do, so much.

So here I sit wondering how to give back while, at the same time, utilizing my talents.  A few ideas have started trickling in . . . small steps, hopefully in the right direction.  I am working on some ideas, and I hope some of them will pan out.  I’ll keep you informed along the way.  Don’t worry, I will still be doing what I love to do, creating for our dolls.

Meanwhile, I continue to downsize.  I will continue have things on my tag sale page and on eBay (a couple auctions starting tonight) before they head on over to Goodwill.  I don’t know how long I will keep eBaying and tag saling; I may get tired of the whole process and simply donate it all.  It takes a considerable amount of time (time taken away from creating), to photograph, edit photos, add them to my website or eBay, write descriptions, then pack and ship.  Although, I’m not sure Goodwill is the right place to donate boxes and boxes of new dolls though.  Does anyone know of other donation sites?  I’d appreciate some suggestions.

Back to dolls!  I worked on an elbow-length sleeved sweater dress for Sugar (Pukipuki) yesterday.  The style is super cute and fall-like, but I am not sure I like the way her arms can’t hang straight down due to the bulk under the arm.  What do you think?  Really, I’d love to hear; I can’t decide.

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In the photo below, you can see how her right arm can get closer to her body (I have her left arm further out on purpose).

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Don’t forget, please let me know of any donation sites you’d recommend, thank you!

And, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!❤

A Tiny Twofer

My newest ensembles may be tiny, but I have two for you!  Tiny plus tiny equals one regular, right?  Hmm, probably not . . . Amelia Thimble’s sets are so teeny tiny; I probably need another one or two of her sets to equal a regular sized ensemble.

I haven’t made anything new for Amelia Thimble and Izzy since Christmastime (wow!), so it took me awhile to get into the groove of this tiny work again.  I kept making mistakes while trying to understand my crazy pattern writing, but I figured it out, and am now loving this work again.

Here’s the first one I made.  It’s called “A Tiny Bit for Fall”.  I took inspiration from the sweater dress ensemble, “Winter Garden”, I made for the Little Darlings earlier this year.  I picked out some of the same floss colors and worked my embroidery symmetrically, which I don’t usually do for these tiny dresses.

During the photo shoot I found the yarn color hard to photograph.  It’s a bit more purply than this, really lovely.  I used a lace weight merino/silk blend.  Since I am getting comfortable (and loving) using dpn needles, this hat was knit in the round without seams.

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I’ve been watching knitting podcasts on YouTube lately and have been inspired by all of the hand dyed sock yarn out there (there’s tons of it, and it’s all so beautiful).  So another Craftsy class I enrolled in was Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home.  (They have a sale going on right now.)  Even though I’ve been dyeing my own yarn, I still learned some new things.  Additionally, I’d love to see a more advanced class and a class for dyeing plant fibers.

I hand dyed my yarn for this next dress/hat set.  I wanted to get a self striping effect, so while knitting the first dress I figured out usage amounts along the way.  It didn’t work perfectly as a yard knits up more rows in the bodice than in the skirt, but I still like the look.  It was fun, and will try more color variations in the future.

Here is my second set for Amelia Thimble titled, “Sunshiny Autumn Days”.

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I adapted the headband hat pattern that I’ve been making for the Little Darlings to fit Amelia Thimble.  It’s so tiny, there’s not even room for a bow, so a little knot has to make do!  The headband is a solid color that matches the main embroidered rose on the dress.

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Both of these sets will be available Saturday (September 24, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thanks for visiting;  Amelia is thrilled (I am too!) you did!  Bye for now!