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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

Hello!  What a beautiful morning we have here in northern Illinois!  It snowed last night, only a tiny bit, but enough to make everything white and beautiful, and oh so peaceful.   The front porch light was on, and it was still dark when I took this photo.  It’s so magical.

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And as light comes to the day, so do the birds come for breakfast.

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I love learning something new this time of year.  This year sock knitting has caught my interest.  Sock knitting seems like something impossibly hard, so I knew I needed a visual class to learn.  So far this Craftsy class by Susan B. Anderson has taught me Judy’s magic cast on, which is how she starts the sock.  I have the toe completed, and am now knitting away at lengthening the foot.  Slowing down the lessons has helped me a lot, and Susan is very thorough.  I have no doubts that I’ll be able to figure out how to make the whole sock.

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This past week I baked another apple crumble.  If you need dessert, like we seem to in our house, this is one of the healthier (Is there such a thing?) ones—lots of apples, oatmeal, nuts, and little sugar.    My recipe is from here, but I keep adapting it.  I found that half the topping seems to work fine for 2 pounds of sliced apples.  We prefer lots of baked apple yumminess and not super sweet—you can eat more that way. 😉

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Even though I have no photos to show you, I have been working on dolly things.  One dress needs a new sweater, and one cape/cuddle cap set needs a new dress.  Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

I hope you all have a most festive weekend.  Take it slow, and enjoy every moment.

Ah, it’s snowing again here, big white flakes!  Bye for now, my friends.

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March!

March has marched right in and taken winter back!  It’s cold!  After a March first snowfall, we have a light dusting of white everywhere.  Although it is so light; as soon as the thermometer goes above freezing for the shortest bit of time, it will all melt.  And, I’m not too sad about that either as I was getting used to our springlike weather.

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 I haven’t gone out to check on my poor crocuses yet.  I really must, to make sure they’re okay.

I don’t know where this week is going.  I’ve been working here and there on different things without anything being completed, which makes me think I’ve not been working hard enough.  It might be time to make a list.

Here are some things I’ve been up to this week so far.

My very patient 11″ Kaye Wiggs Millie is wearing a new dress and unfinished cardigan.

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I wrote out a new pattern for a lace stitch cardigan using fingering weight yarn.  I am currently knitting the sample for the Little Darlings.

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Next to going to the doctor and dentist, my least favorite thing to do happened yesterday, taxes.  It felt so good to hand everything over to our accountant, but of course, there are a few additional things we need to collect.  Evidently donation receipts need an amount on them.  Who knew . . . silly us.  When our taxes are finished each year, I swear I feel 10 pounds lighter, anyone else feel this way?

Well, enough talking about work; it’s time to get to work; maybe I can get something completed this week!  Thanks for visiting with me today.  Bye for now, friends.

“Catching Snowflakes”

Catching snowflakes was easy peasy this weekend as they fell practically the whole weekend long.  I think we got about 4 inches on Saturday night with another 8 inches or so on Sunday!  It’s a white winter wonderland out there, and I am VERY happy to be warm and cozy inside my house.

I finished up Lucy’s new ensemble yesterday, then we had our photo shoot.  I definitely wanted to use the snowy landscape as a back drop.  I brought out my studio light for front lighting.  It was perfect . . . and quick—my favorite kind of photo shoot.

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Lucy’s eyelet capelet has 7 panels which are perfect for embellishing.  I’ve embroidered different snowflake compositions on each panel using mohair/silk yarn for snowflakes, white pearlized seed beads for tiny flakes, and clear seed beads for ice crystals.

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Lucy’s vintage-styled headband earwarmer uses two strands of lace yarn to give it more thickness.  Each side is embellished with an aqua blue snowflake and matching seed beads.

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The little muff hand warmer is the perfect size for Lucy’s hands, and is also embellished with an aqua snowflake.  The bracelet is incorporated into the muff as a handle.  You can see Lucy’s prized snowflake memento charm.  She will always remember this magical pre Christmas snowfall.

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Lucy’s “Catching Snowflakes” ensemble will be available tonight (December 12, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Have a great week everyone!

Bye for now!