“Springtime Sweetie”

Hello to you all!  I hope you are enjoying a great weekend!  Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us–warm…ish and sunny.  We’re getting there, although today isn’t nice at all, chilly and drizzly.

I want to share with you my little Sophie who has been waiting patiently for ‘picture taking day’.  She’s very anxious to show you how cute she looks in “Springtime Sweetie”.

🙂

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Sophie’s long sleeved cardigan is hand knit with Knit Picks Aloft (mohair/silk) using my Light Cardigan for Patsy pattern.  I embroidered a simple little rose and rosebuds at the neckline.  Her dress is made from a Lecien Minnny Muu cotton print; the pastel multi-colored bows are tiny and sweet.  She carries a drawstring crochet bag and wears a beaded crochet headband.  I customized her purchased shoes by adding bows and beads to match the headband.

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 Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great week! ❤

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Hello, Hello, and Hello!

Aww, it’s been oh, so very long!!!  I am sorry!  I’ve had so much going on with my health since September.  I’m not ready to get into it all right now, but maybe in the future or in little bits.  Not sure what I’m comfortable with putting on the wide open web.  I am healing and feel good right now.  Please add a comment to this post or send me an email.  (I added a contact form under the tab at the top of this blog.)  I’d love to hear from you.

Truthfully, I haven’t been interested in my dolls and creating things for them over these past months, so many other things to worry about.  It wasn’t until my website hosting expired two weeks ago that I started to miss all of this.  Trying to find a new and affordable site for my small business (which I didn’t), then figuring out how to get my patterns for sale on Ravelry and posting about that on Facebook.  Well, all the love and comments from that post and subsequent posts rekindled my love for creating and my dolls.  I’ve missed you all very much!

First up is getting some unfinished patterns (finally) finished and published.  I’ve gotten rusty at the process; there are quite a few steps, but I am trying.  Adding to my brain being rusty, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are barely working on my laptop.  They’ve updated and are charging a subscription price now.  *sigh*

I want to wish all of you a ‘lucky’ St. Paddy’s day!  Here is my little Fairyland PukiPuki named Sugar looking as pixie-ish as she possibly could.  (Photo from 2014)

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Bye for now. ❤ Sending you hugs from me.

 

September

Hello, September!  And hello, my friends!  How are you?

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It was a stormy day yesterday, Saturday, and a thunderstorm-y rumbly Saturday night/Sunday morning.  At times the rain came down so hard that I wondered where it would go (yes, the storms woke me up).  I was up very early Saturday morning and caught this fleeting yet beautiful sunrise before it got dark and then rainy.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Yesterday I finished up Ann Estelle’s ensemble, “Tiny Dancer”.  Well, almost, I just need to make her a pair of tights.  Here’s a quick photo I took of her.  I think she loves it judging by her happy expression.  Little girls love pink and lilac—big girls too.  These two colors were my grandmother’s favorites.

Ann’s cardigan was knit from my “Light Cardigan” pattern for Patsy and Ann.  I used Knit Picks Aloft in Pennyroyal.  For embellishment, I added some delicate beadwork to the cardigan.  Ann’s dress was made with the teensiest ballerinas that I’ve ever seen.  It’s part of Lecien’s Minny Muu collection.  Ann wears a beaded crocheted headband and holds a tiny crocheted drawstring bag.

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I told you about the dyeing I did last weekend.  This past week I started knitting a Simple Yet Effective Cowl designed by Tin Can Knits.  I like long cowls and needed two skeins of DK for this one, so am combining the two blue skeins I dyed.  I am alternating between the two skeins every three rows for a sort of stripey look.  I’m not sure if I’ll like it; it looks very masculine to me, but I will finish it; it just may make a nice basic when the cold weather is here.

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Here’s the yarn before I started knitting with it.  It looks so much more colorful.  Something I’ve learned after dyeing a number of skeins is that knitting blends the yarn together so that it looks more muted.  I’ve seen this happen every time.

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These are the other three skeins I dyed last week to make the Jodi Shawl by Joji Locatelli.  I want the border to be considerably brighter than the rest, however, I’m thinking this peach won’t be bright enough.  Maybe it will go back in the dye pot for some pink and warm red speckles or splotches.

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Oh, and I mentioned trying out avocado pit dyeing.  The tank top sat in the pot for a short time and most of the dye washed right out.  I did want it pastel though.  I’m curious as to how it will wash.  I saved the dye to use again; the shade of pink is a favorite of mine.

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Well, that’s all the goings on from around here.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this past week. ❤