Monday, October 16, 2017

Think Pink

Monday was a holiday, so we took the pups to Run-A-Muk Dog Park, so they could have a good run.

This is "Think Pink" time. Various groups on Ravelry are running activities to support breast-cancer awareness. The Götz group has had a different theme for each day, October 11-20. Here's what I've done so far. Each day is listed, with what I wrote about each one.

Wednesday's Theme--Favorite pink possession:

We just got back from the local "Walk To End Breast Cancer," but I got this photo at the top of the bleachers in the gym right before the event began.

They were giving each participant a "Think Pink" water bottle. Can you guess what their favorite pink possession is now? Hint: it’s the same for all four.
Dolly had to dash off to get in line. (She was the rest room putting up her hair when the others were signing in. She just stuck her head in now to be in the photo.)
It’s impossible to get four girls to look at the camera at the same time and not blink. I took a bunch of photos, and this was the best. Vroni just glanced away as I snapped the shutter. There was probably a cute boy walking by. Either that or a dog.

Thursday's Theme--Post your doll saying hi from your part of the world, wearing pink mittens or a ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness, or the appropriate color if you choose to support a different cancer on this day:

Vroni and Mandy wanted to honor their two aunties today. Vroni is wearing a magenta ribbon for Auntie Eileen, (although the Götz girls always wear their magenta bracelets) but the best Mandy could do was wear teal pants for Auntie Cheryl, the mother of Amanda, after whom Mandy was named. However, Mandy thought that pink mittens were a great idea, so she CO a pair. Winter is coming.... 

Mandy has to sit, because she has only just learned to knit with DPNs. 
She made me take another photo because she said that one looks like she’s just holding yarn. 

Friday's Theme--Hair Loss is common with chemo. Post a photo of your doll wearing pink headgear:

My girls had a little fun/discussion over today’s task. Here’s what ensued—

Mandy: "I made a pink hat."

Vroni: "That’s a boat, not a hat! THIS is a hat!"

Mandy: "Well, at least mine is pink!"

Vroni: "Well, mine is pretty, and it has pink on it."

Me: "Girls, girls! They’re both great. Vroni's hat is very pretty, and Mandy's hat is fun—and handy in case of a flood."

Saturday's Theme--Invited to a dance wearing pink:

October is known for Think Pink and Halloween, but it's also time for...Oktoberfest! Vroni was invited to come to Oktoberfest and dance the polka with some other girls and boys.

When it was time to get ready, she dressed, put on her dancing shoes and checked herself out in the mirror.

She even did a few dance moves to make sure her costume looked OK in motion.

Vroni's new coat and hat were ready just in time for this occasion. Of course, she had to look in the mirror again, just to make sure everything looked OK.

It was just a short walk through the woods to get to the hall where the Oktoberfest is held each year.

The children's performance went well, and Vroni loves to dance, but this is what she really came for.

Even though Vroni was born in China, she is German, and she has been allowed small amounts of beer since she was very small. (Actually, she's still small....)

Sunday's Theme--What does your doll like to do best on Sunday:

Mandy came home from church. She says her Sunday School teacher asked each of them to think of something they could do today for someone who was in need. Mandy decided that since Dolly has a cold (she got it from me, I think), she could read to her in bed to try to make her feel better.

After Dolly fell asleep, Mandy came out to the kitchen to work on the mittens she has been knitting. She has only just started learning to use DPNs, and she's so excited. She loves knitting, especially when the weather is too unpleasant to play outdoors.

Mandy sat where she could use the light from the big window and watch the squirrels while she knitted. She is so sad that Dolly isn't feeling well, so she has decided that she will give the mittens to Dolly, to keep her hands warm when they play in the snow. (Pink is Dolly's favorite color.) 

Mandy has already made some progress on the first mitten. She says her favorite thing to do on a Sunday is to do something nice for someone else. She will try this every Sunday from now on.

Monday's Theme--Hot or cold? What would you wear when you exercise where you are?:

This morning, while Dolly was asleep, Mandy crept into the bedroom and put the finished mittens on Dolly’s hands. 

Dolly woke up and saw the mittens. She is feeling better today, although she still looks pale.

Dolly loves her new mittens. She hopes there is still some snow when she’s well enough to go outside and play.

There are four more days of photos to take and stories to make up.

Obviously, I finished the Tyrolean coat, using the Kitty Cat 3 pattern, a hooded cape in two lengths (only I shortened it further), as a jumping-off place for the coat. The coat pattern was Jacknits Town and Country Coat, which included the hat. 

Here's the coat with the hood up.

And here is the hat.

I had planned to go to Vintage Stitchers on Thursday. It met at Rebecca's. However, I woke up with a cold that morning. (Don't blame Dolly. I probably gave it to her.) I have no doubt I will recover in due course. I missed the opera yesterday, which made me sad, but I knew I wouldn't enjoy it, trying not to cough and knowing I was sharing my germs with everyone. DH went and said it was excellent. It was La Boheme. You know, the one where Mimi spends a good part of the opera in bed, dying of consumption.

I was doing my best Mimi impersonation, but without the singing. Or the dying

What's on my needles: Mandy’s Winter Coat, using the Cabbagetown Jacket pattern

What's on my Featherweight: There are still more doll clothes to be made.

What's on my loom: Still waiting.

What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still awaiting her next task. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Kill Me Again, by Rachel Abbott. I’m a little more than halfway through Amy Corwin’s novel All She Loves on the Kindle app.

What's in my wine glass: Lindeman’s Cawarra Shiraz-Cabernet. Quite acceptable.

What's my tip of the week: Don't get sick. If you do, stay home so you don't share.

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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dolls Have Taken Over My Life!

I did get away from the dolls for a little while this week, but not before Vroni unplugged my computer.

Or maybe she was trying to keep the plug from falling into the dog dish, on the floor to her right.

Common Treads met at Karan's. She and Margareth were working on blocks from "Moose's Misadventures," a class from Davidene's

Georgette had just started a needlepoint project. I'll try to get a photo when she has more done.

My better half has been trying to take advantage of the few remaining days of autumn to get the outdoor repairs done, primarily painting and staining the decks, so he isn't able to go for walks or hikes with the dogs, so I have been taking them alone. Saturday was a beautiful day, and fairly warm (60-ish), so we went to Toll Canyon. 

We only went as far as the watering hole, because I was afraid to venture further into the forest alone with the dogs, because of the likelihood of encountering moose or other wild animals. It's difficult to grab two off-leash dogs quickly when you're alone, and Rocky doesn't hear as well as he used to, so I didn't want to take a chance. It's a nice hike, though, even staying on the road. You might encounter a bicycle or two, but no cars, so it's safe for the dogs to run. Dusty needs a lot of exercise at his age, so it's good for him to be able to run free.

I finished the iPhone pouch for my niece.

You can't tell from the photo of the finished pouch, but it's lined with batik. I gave her the choice of three fabrics for lining. She chose the one in the middle.

I'm making progress on the Tyrolean coat for Vroni, using the Kitty Cat 3 pattern, which is a hooded cape in two lengths, as a jumping-off place for the coat. The coat pattern is Jacknits Town and Country Coat but without the collar. I plan to make the hat from the pattern, as well, because I think it can be made to look like a Tyrolean hat. Just the sleeves to go. Here's how it looked yesterday.

The dolls did manage to rope me into doing some sewing for them. Now that I have a pajama pattern that fits the Götz Happy Kidz/Classic Kidz dolls, I've made one for Mandy.

The first pair of PJs fit Dolly, so now they can all be cozy.

A couple of weeks ago, I cut out Capri-length leggings for Dolly and some full-length leggings for Vroni. I finally was able to get them sewn up. I'm trying to get done with the stretch fabric, so I can put my Kenmore zig-zag machine away, although I'm finding it useful for finishing off the seams items made from woven fabrics, too. I still had the batiks out for my niece to choose for lining, and picked one of the ones left over to make a top for Dolly.

The pattern is the slender version of the Tennis Dress from Joan Hinds' Best Doll Clothes Book, but with the short sleeves from Simplicity 1484

Then I used the same pattern, but altered the chest measurement and armholes to come up with this top for Vroni, with my puffed sleeve pattern for the sleeves.

Finally, I made a longer version for Mandy, for a dress to go with the hot pink leggings I made awhile back. This one has long sleeves.

I was ready for a nice pot of tea, when I found them plotting what they would convince me to make for them next.

I wonder if I need to open a college fund for each of them.

What's on my needles: Still Vroni's Tyrolean Coat.

What's on my Featherweight: Um…guess.

What's on my loom: Still waiting.

What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still awaiting her next task. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to Kill Me Again, by Rachel Abbott. I’m about halfway through Amy Corwin’s novel All She Loves on the Kindle app.

What's in my wine glass: Gato Negro Malbec, very nice.

What's my tip of the week: I have a neat little acrylic board with sandpaper next to an open area. The sandpaper section is great for drawing on fabric, for appliqué, etc. 

The open area and the back are great for applying glue to buttons, Velcro or fabric. The glue will wash out, and you can sew through it when you're using your machine. If the needle gets gunked up with glue after a while, you can either remove it to wash it off with water or clean it in place with a little rubbing alcohol. The acrylic board can be cleaned the same way, but I try not to get the sandpaper wet.

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.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Little People

Vintage Stitchers met at Barbara's on Thursday. Carol had an interesting quilt.

Carol's quilts are always interesting and lovely. 
Barbara had finished a quilt for her, he's three, and an I-Spy quilt is perfect for him. This one has his name on it, too.

If some of the fabrics look familiar, they came from my stash. One great thing bout having a quilting group like this is, when you have to make an I-Spy quilt, you have lots of stashes to draw from.

I worked on hand-quilting my Delectable Pathways, aka "Sistine Chapel," quilt.

I had finished Vroni's Kitty Cat 1 cardigan, and as promised, here it is.

I had made it before holding the Palette yarn double, using a yellow color, with the hat to match. It came out a bit stiff, so this time I made it with a single strand, and I like the result better.
I originally bought Vroni because I thought she looked like me when I was little. This week I made her a dress I thought would work out in B&W as a good stand-in for the dress I wore for my second-grade photo, back in 1949.

This is why I couldn't dress myself without help.

My dress in the photo was brown, but I figured this red gingham would be OK in B&W. If you squint, Vroni almost looks like a Mini-Me.

The outfit Vroni normally comes in is a Dirndl. Because she came to me second hand and was wearing a lovely smocked dress instead of the Dirndl, I thought she needed a Tyrolean coat, so I'm using the Kitty Cat 3 pattern, which is a hooded cape in two lengths, as a jumping-off place for the coat. The coat pattern will be Jacknits Town and Country Coat Sets.

She will have a Tyrolean hat, as well (also in the Jacknits pattern), so she doesn't need the hood unless it's really cold.

The cape still needs blocking, the the pattern recommends against blocking the hood, because it needs to curl around the face.
Charlotte will be joining us sometime in the "near" future, so I decided she needed a dress from the same fabric as the two sundresses I made for Mandy and Vroni. Here's Mandy modeling the dress.

Mandy is wearing the yellow cardigan, so I don't feel cold every time I look at her, but Charlotte will have one of her own, probably in the same green yarn I used for Zoey's cardigan.

I think I finally have the pajama pattern altered to my satisfaction. It was a struggle, because it was designed for American Girl dolls, who are plus-size, and the Gotz Happy Kidz and Classic Kidz are slim.

The fabric is white, not yellow, but I couldn't get the color right without making Vroni look as if she were about to vomit. So take my word for it. I think the PJs make the girls look cuddly, even though their bodies are solid vinyl.

The photo shoot was going well, until she spotted something on the ceiling. Probably a spider.
Park City Singers has begun practicing for the Holiday Concerts. That cuts into my free time.

What's on my needles: Still the iPhone Tote for my niece, Vroni's Tyrolean Coat.
What's on my Featherweight: Um…doll clothes?
What's on my loom: Still waiting.
What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still awaiting her next task. 
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Murder in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer, one of her mysteries, full of humor. Then I listened to The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. Then I downloaded Kill Me Again, by Rachel Abbott. (When I want to get a lot done and avoid waisting time, I start a Rachel Abbott or Dean Koontz novel. Difficult to turn off.) Still a couple of chapters into Amy Corwin’s novel All She Loves on the Kindle app.
What's in my wine glass: Corbett Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon. Not fantastic, but cheap.
What's my tip of the week: If you're making clothes (doll clothes especially) that call for gathers between two dots, it's soooo much easier to run the basting stitches from one edge of the fabric to the other, rather than starting at the dot and sewing to the other dot. When you have the edges pinned, put a pin in where the dot is, pull out the bobbin thread basting stitches between the edge and the dot, and you're good to go. (I like to chain piece, so starting at a dot isn't convenient.)

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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Paying It Forward

To finish the Therapy Animals of Utah doll with a flourish:

This is a somewhat artistic representation of the uniform used by therapy teams for the organization. The shirt is made from a Garanimals boys shirt in a size 5T that I took apart, because it was the only green knit fabric I could find in my town. I might be able to get something else out of what's left, especially the navy blue sleeves. The pattern is the free polo shirt by Dolls Duds from Pixie Faire. The pants are from the jeans pattern I just used and have used several times before, Liberty Jane Boot Cut Jeans, also from Pixie Faire, not free, but I've had my money's worth of value out of it. She also had to have new shoes, as her sneakers, black patent-leather shoes and the blue Mary Jane's that she arrived on my doorstep wearing, were not regulation.

I've named the little bulldog "Billy." He came from Emily Rose, by way of Amazon. He came with a pink leash and collar, which will go with him to his new home, but since pink leashes and collars aren't regulation for therapy teams, I made him a new set just for visits. I had a collection of old leashes, collars and harnesses that had been chewed in two by the pups or not in use anymore. I cut the skinniest one (actually our late cat's harness) to use for the leash and collar. The plastic buckle was used on the collar, and a small clasp from a dog leash was used on the leash.

Zoey was excited to have a puppy to train to be a therapy dog, so she took this selfie.

We know that Billy will be a great therapy dog. Although he may look fierce, he's actually just soft fluff inside. He's well behaved, too. He has "sit" and "stay" down perfectly. (And he's smiling in all the photos. Maybe you can't tell.)

Park City Quilt Guild met this week at Davidene's. I went especially to take the finished Habitat for Humanity silent auction quilt for show-and-tell, as well as the quilt from 2015, loaned back to me for that purpose. We have a new quilter in the group. She actually is new to quilting, having only made five quilts, but she has already purchased a long-arm quilting machine. She brought this "simple" kaleidoscope quilt. (Simple, because the blocks only have four pieces. They are quarter-square triangles.) Besides the black solid used for the sashing strips, the entire quilt was made using one fabric, which you can see on the borders.

Linda works at the store. She was working on this appliqué quilt from a design by Edyta Sitar.

Guild members had made this Trip Around the World quilt using fat quarters each participant brought in.

Lynn had made this baby quilt for her new grandchild. The nursery is ocean-themed.

Jill made this quilt from a panel, doing what she always does with panels: cutting them apart.

Linda showed us this fun barnyard animal selfie panel the shop just got in.

 Friday night was the annual Overall Ball for Habitat for Humanity, which included the silent auction. I was mostly interested in how the  dolls and the quilt did. My friend Shirley, who is on the board of the local Habitat for Humanity organization, bought the girl doll (she named Rose) and both trunks, as well as most of the shoes. I provided Carter, some of the shoes and the brushes. I made all of Carter's outfits and a few things for Rose. The rest of Rose's outfits were made by generous friends on Ravelry. Both dolls wore overalls to the ball, as we were all supposed to do. (Jeans were OK, but I made overalls for the dolls, and they had their screwdrivers in their pockets.

The dolls attracted a lot of attention. There was a crowd around the dolls the whole time the silent auction went on. I moved in and out of the crowd to answer questions and bring people's attention to the flyers and cards from My Sibling/My Pal Dolls.

The bid sheets had a price for people to buy the item outright, which one frustrated (because people kept upping the bid) lady finally did, buying both dolls for $175 each. She explained that she had twin five-year-old grandchildren, a boy and a girl. I'm so glad they get to stay together.

The quilt didn't attract as much attention, but it was popular. One lady kept begging her husband to let her buy it, and he finally gave in. (He left the event at the end of the evening with the quilt wrapped around his shoulders!)

Life at home has continued with home repairs and culling of "stuff." We will run out of time soon, though, at least for the outdoor work. Charlie's birthday (aka "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" brought our first snow, although it didn't stick. Friday we got more:

On Sunday, it snowed all day long. [Sigh!]

The pups have been a little frustrated by the cold, damp weather, which shortens walks and pretty much eliminates any real hikes. They still enjoy their snuggles on the couch, though, and their food. They get a spoonful of whole-milk yoghurt every morning. When we finish the container, they get to lick it. Dusty decided to keep the container this time.

What's on my needles: Just finished the red cardigan for Vroni, so I CO the iPhone Pouch for my niece. I'll try to show off the cardigan in next week's blog post. Maybe the pouch, too.

What's on my Featherweight: More doll clothes for Christmas and to replace what I gave away, so I don't have to see naked and semi-naked dolls standing around. It makes me cold.

What's on my loom: Still waiting.

What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still awaiting her next task. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen, the second of her novels for me. I haven't decided what to listen to next. Still just a couple of chapters into Amy Corwin’s novel All She Loves on the Kindle app.

What's in my wine glass: Crane Lake Malbec.

What's my tip of the week: You can increase the amount of soluble fiber when you make oatmeal by reducing each cup of rolled oats to 3/4 cup and adding 1/8 cup of oat bran.