Monday, December 29, 2014

Gifts of Love

Christmas this year included some very special gifts, from our nephews and one of my Aunts.  Top left are candle holders made by our oldest nephew; they are Ball Mason jars with colored tissue paper decopaged to the outside.  Inside were the most delicious cookies, baked by my brother, the Master Cookie Chef!  Top left is an embroidered stitchery depiciting myself, Larry, and one of our cats, created by our middle nephew.  Lower right is a birdhouse, made by our youngest nephew, and lower left is a lovely glass ornament with my Mother's picture, given by my Aunt.

Ivy Rose and Ginger Kate are flanking the favorite gift I ever received as a child...this sweet stuffed tiger.  I was eight or nine, I think, when I found him in my stocking on Christmas morning.   And nestled between them is the 2014 White House Ornament, a tradition my Mom and Dad began several years ago.  Our Christmas tree is now heavy with them.

Ginger Kate has joined my sweet family of knit Waldorf dolls.  We want to share her rompers pattern with you!

Ginger Kate's Rompers

I am going to call these dolls Cottage Flowers, as that is what they make me think of.  Knitting a doll, and thinking of flowers, in the middle of Winter is a happy pasttime.  I hope all of you are having a happy day :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Merry Christmas to All!

Here is hoping that all of you have a blessed Christmas day, shared with those you love, and filled with wonder and joy.

My final project for 2014 is a sweet Waldorf doll with a knit body.  Ivy Rose is about 12 inches tall, with a classic Waldorf head secured to a body knit in worsted weight yarn on double point needles.  No seaming!!

The pattern for Ivy Rose and her pinafore is here.  The instructions include a link to a picture tutorial for making the head that I put together several years ago:

Head tutorial

and a tutorial for making hair:

Hair tutorial

Both of these tutorials are also available here on the blog, along the left hand side.

Ivy Rose and I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cassidy and Noah

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, and that your Christmas preparations are more joy than work :-)  I came down with a bug a few days after Thanksgiving, and it is only now beginning to loosen its grip on my health.   And of course, I ended up sharing it with my husband :-(  Thankfully, both of us are on the mend.

Something better to share is Cassidy, a doll I worked on, slowly, once I started feeling better.  She is based on Deena Thomson-Menards Lottie doll pattern, which is freely available on Ravelry.  Those wonderful hands are from a tutorial available on her Ravelry group We Make Dolls.   I modified the feet so they would feet those darling baby booties that Cassidy is wearing, which is also a free pattern on Ravelry: sneaker booties on Ravelry.

Alternate foot for Lottie

Romper Pattern for Lottie

Cassidy's puppy, Noah, is from a crochet pattern offered here a few years ago.  You can find it by scrolling down the left sidebar.  Look for the picture of the kitties and 'Links to my Animal Patterns'  :-)

Happy Holy Day season to all of you!!  Stay well.