Monday, November 30, 2015

Working for Santa

Thanksgiving cut into my play time this past week. However, I was able to get this doll sweater finished. 

The pattern is "Very Easy Cardigan for American Girl or 18" Doll" by Ceci Riehl. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in "Dogwood Heather," left over from my Pink Monkey Socks. My Ravelry page for the project is here. I don't have the actual doll yet (probably tomorrow, delivery was delayed because of a, but this Madame Alexander 18" doll is the one coming for a visit. (Photo from Madame Alexander website.):

The name of the doll is "Let It Snow," appropriate for this time of year. She has a soft body and vinyl head, arms and legs, similar to the American Girl Dolls.

I'll be making her some clothes before sending her on to Miss Daphne (but shhhh...don't tell) for Christmas. I really enjoy making clothes for dolls, as I reported on in this blog post and this one. (Links go to Blogger, just to simplify things.) I spent some time during the week tearing my fiber studio apart, looking for my old doll patterns. I was successful in finding all my doll patterns, but it left my studio in a mess. This gives me a chance to reorganize. I also spent some time reading posts in the American Girl Knitters Ravelry group, which features discussions about various 18" dolls, not just American Girl dolls, and clothing, both knitted and sewn. One of the nice things about sewing and knitting for dolls (or babies, for that matter) is that you can finish a project quickly, so it's almost instant gratification. I bought some shoes and other goodies for the doll at Michaels. You can make shoes for these dolls, but the shoes made for dolls this size will fit nicely, and I'm trying to save some time.
Watch for photos of more doll clothes next week. (Wish me luck!)
We also had no minigroup meeting last week because the day we meet is Thursday, and everyone was otherwise occupied. DGD1, my BIL, DH and our next-door neighbor enjoyed a nice dinner on Thanksgiving. Cleanup was easier this year because I used dishes that could go into the dishwasher. It helps that some family members are more than happy to do the pre-wash on the dishes, and pots and pans. Here's a photo of my pre-wash specialists, resting up from all their hard work getting the plates ready to wash.

DGD1 left us about 5:30 PM to work all night for "Black Friday." She has been working at two fashion retail outlets at the local outlet mall, but will start next week working at another one full time with benefits for more pay. With luck, I should be able to get my car back. Someday my guest room, too.

What's on my needles:  Still hand-quilting the Delectable Pathways (aka "Peggy's Sistine Chapel"), knitting the Trickle Brick Socks and dishcloths, no progress this week, but almost finished.

What's on my Featherweight: Kaleidoscope Quilt, still two blocks to go, as I didn’t get any quilting done this past week.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished listening to If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, a Deal of the Day from Audible. Then listened to Georgette Heyer’s first Inspector Hemingway mystery, No Wind of Blame. Both were excellent, but very different. Now I’m listening to Signature Kill by David Levien, another Audible Deal of the Day. It’s a crime novel. Seems good so far. Still reading The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson, a murder mystery set in 1920s-era England on the Kindle app.

What's in my wine glass: Columbia Crest’s Horse Heaven Hills (H3) 2009 Merlot. Yum! One of my new favorites.

What's my tip of the week: If you find your back, shoulders, neck or arms get tired while knitting or doing embroidery or appliqué, try using a small pillow in your lap to hold your work. This is takes the strain off muscles during hand work.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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