Third Try at Writing a Blog Post

I keep starting and stopping, and then deleting the whole post.  I just can’t form a cohesive sounding post.  So, please forgive me if this seems a mess.  I really wanted this to get this one finished, and at least get a “hello” out there.  So hello, and Happy September to you all!!!

This past week was quite a slow week for me; weed allergies and wrist pain slowed me down, and made me feel quite tired and lethargic.  For me, the end of summer is the worst time for allergies; as soon as we have a frost I feel better.  As for my wrist, it is still painful, especially the day after I have been knitting.  I am going for a nerve test this next week to see if carpal tunnel is the problem.  If it’s not the nerves, maybe it’s tendonitis or bursitis.

Yesterday, I finished another jumper pinafore ensemble, which was mostly complete at the beginning of the week.  However, I managed to spend an entire day creating the little coloring book, and then many more hours on the little crayons and the box.  I used to be  more proficient at Adobe Illustrator.  Use it or lose it as they say, and I’ve lost a lot over the years.  The end result is what makes it all worth while, though, and I am happy with how it turned out.  I’m glad I stuck with it.

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Here’s a sneak peek of Lucy in her new ensemble.

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Lucy’s jumper has bullion stitch and beaded butterflies embroidered on it.  They are fun to make, although a bit fiddly.  The number of wraps to make the larger half of each butterfly’s wing is 30!

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 This is the third pinafore jumper I’ve made, and it isn’t the last before the pattern will be released, sorry.  I made some changes to the back placket, and the changes need to be tested first.  These pieces require a good bit of knitting, and with my wrist acting up, it may be a little while before the pattern is ready.  Plus, I think I need to knit something different just for a change.  I’ve also been toying with the idea of making a set of little dresses for Amelia Thimble or Pukipuki.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.  Bye for now.

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“The Gift of Learning”

Wasn’t it fun learning, or even teaching the ABC’s?  I don’t remember learning them, but I remember teaching them to my daughter.  We got lots and lots and lots of fun books from the library.  Yes, fond memories.

Gina says she already knows them, but there are some students in her class that are still learning them.  “G is for gift, and g is for Gina”, says Gina.

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Gina’s jumper is knit with navy heathered Peruvian Highland wool.  There are flecks of hot pink and green in this yarn.  The slightly flared skirt has decorative decreases to form soft folds before the fitted ribbed area.  The wide shoulder straps button and unbutton, but do not need to be undone for dressing.  The floral embroidery at the hemline is mirrored on the right and left side.

Polka dotted and striped bows in rose, blue, and yellow are sprinkled on this Japanese cotton fabric used for the blouse.  Gina’s school blouse’s bodice is lined, double turned seam allowances/hems on the sleeves, and hand stitched facings are what you see on the inside of the blouse, no raw edges at all.  It is finished like my dresses.

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The felt bag is hand made by me to hold Gina’s classroom gift to her teacher.  Gina has been asking me to teach her embroidery, so the embroidery on this bag was her first project.  Not bad, eh?  The flash cards were found at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.  I resized them to be the proper scale for Gina.  They include every letter of the alphabet, and are printed on card stock, and carefully cut out.

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Gina’s other accessories include a bow pendant, Made with Love bracelet, hair bow, and cotton tights.

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“The Gift of Learning” will be available tonight (August 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Thank you for visiting with me today, my friends.