Today is December 18, and she is finished! Welcome to the world little darling. Now you are on your way to the far-away land of Idaho, intended for a special little girlie. The doll was knit, using Susan B. Anderson's pattern, Mary, Millie and Morgan, and Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash in various colors. I did change the face a wee bit and especially the hair, deviating from the pattern.
Merry Christmas, Natalie! I hope you love this little doll as much as I loved making her. Yours truly, Grandma
December 16: Here's my first attempt at dollie hair and a face. Not so sure I got it quite right, but with Christmas around the corner I may have to let her go as is. What remains to work on is her knit wardrobe, a skirt, a top and a shawl.
Today is December 6. Oh you KNITTY NOODLE! Yesterday I began this Susan B. Anderson knitted dolly project for Christmas giving. I have three granddaughters, you see...we call them the girlies...ages 11, 5 and 3. The knitting's going quickly, but not quickly enough. I can finish one for sure, maybe two. This pattern ensemble includes knitting instructions for the doll (three color variations) and clothes to go along (a shawl, a top and a skirt). About the only thing I'm calculating right now, is how old will the girlies be next year. Not too old for handmade dollies from Grandma, I hope; there's always next year to get these done and send them along. It is my goal to get at least one set done (doll and clothes) for Christmas giving. It's the youngest girlie who actually loves dolls as much as I do, with hands-on loving; however, I can't make just one, you see. The catch is that the Dollie #1 has to ship from California to Idaho; there's enough time if I put all else aside, I do believe.
At last, I've turned the heel on this sock! In truth, I made the cuff shorter than called for in the pattern, by almost half, for fear of running out of yarn and also to hurry this one along. There's still the second sock to be done and I so want to be done with these Peaks 'n Valleys!
Picked up a couple of packages of Lion Brand Bonbons while they were on sale at JoAnn's. These assorted bright colors will make a bunch of cheerful knit and crochet flowers, for embellishing my sewing and craft projects.
Here's bits and pieces of mine in the making for the Beekeeper's Quilt found on Ravelry, www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-beekeepers-quilt. I only have a handful of hexagons completed, using up leftover sock-weight yarn. It's one of those on-going, quickie knit projects that'll actually take me a boatload of time to complete when all is said and done, mainly because I need so many hexagons to make a full quilt. Instead, maybe I'll make a small doggie cushion for Henry; he'd like that. Very satisfying to knit and stuff these little puffs!
Oh those backburner UFOs! Not too bad, actually. I've got a sock pattern a knittin' on skinny double points. Don't know why I side-tracked on these, but today I am back at it. Then there's the rust-colored chunky cardigan that's sitting waiting for more pieces to be completed. I am using Lion Brand Chunky Wool Ease to make this sweater. So far, the back is done and now I need to get knitting on the two front pieces, and then the sleeves. There's been a lot of garment sewing being done at the Casita, that's why the lapse; however, with the change of the season, my thoughts have drifted back to knitting and crochet. Not too bad; just two unfinished projects on the table. These will be done before Christmas I do declare.