~ Itchy hands and a restless mind~

do not make for a happy girl.

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I am caught between Spring Fever and some kind of limbo.

My hands want to knit and finish my quilt, and make a new doll. Yet I am drawn to the outdoors to garden, to  weed the garden, plant the garden, and to be in the garden. My mind however, is cluttered. I am itching to do so many things, but I am so distracted by… distractions. I can’t seem to find the balance. My work is icky right now, so I am spending too much time with worry and dread. Oh me, what is a girl to do?? Maybe I should just bake some bread??

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I will find a balance, I will find peace.

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~Reflections of Spring~

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I don’t know where March has gone.  Where did you go March? It must have been the warm rays of sun that brought on the onslaught of  fast and furious green growth.  I have been outside enjoying the warmth and light. I have sown seeds that make me very hopeful for a meager reward (if I am lucky.)

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Spring has come fast and hard this year. The world has many problems and  I feel a heaviness that is hard to turn away from. For this short period of beauty (called Spring.)  I turn my face to the sun and I pray for peace. Peace for all who suffer and an end to the sadness that is all around so many. Spring brings renewal and each day moves us closer to the sun, and perhaps closer to the realization that we all one.

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~Yarn Along~

Joining Ginny today…


I finished the Poppy Cardigan for my daughter’s doll. I love this pattern and I will certainly use it again. It is really quick and easy and very cute. I am loving the yarn that I used and I wish I could make myself the same sweater in a grown up size. It just feels so nice.

I found another really cute shoe pattern that I know I will use again. Talk about fast…and cute!

When I saw The Rosy Baby Booties pattern I knew this would be a perfect choice for a Mary Jane type shoe. I had hoped to make the covered buttons but the yarn I used to make it was too thick. Instead I went with a dark brown “leather-like” button and it worked quite well. I used Loft from Brooklyn Tweed for the main body of the pattern and Martha Stewart’s Merino for the contrast. I downsized the pattern and used a size 2 needle. I think it worked out well and really makes this school outfit complete, which is what my daughter requested.

She is sassy…

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is working on this week.. I need a new project!!

~Birthday Doll~

My littlest turned nine. I have no idea where these last nine years have gone. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home after an emergent c-section and here she is almost grown (so she thinks)!

My how these  years have flown. She asked for several different things this year for her birthday, however, the one I was most happy to hear was that she wanted a doll made by me, for her with red hair and green eyes. Just one week ago I had a head. That’s it. I worked a little each night putting her together. Friday I strung her together. Saturday was hair, Sunday more hair and a skirt and shirt. Monday was spent finishing up her sweater and making shoes. Tuesday Birthday Day DONE!

Yay. So happy.  If I can make something my daughter really wants, well, that makes me so happy.  These years may past so very fast, but she will always have a little piece of me with her, wherever she goes I will be with her.  It may be tangible or perhaps just a precious memory this small creation from wool, and cotton made today a special day for a mother and her daughter.  Happy Birthday Emma,  you make us all a little brighter by being in our lives.

~Remembering Greta Benn~

My grandmother passed away early on February 23rd.  My dad’ mother.  She was born in Keswick, England and came to America with her family as a young child.  My grandmother was proper.  Quiet, calm, and strong. We spent every summer in Florida visiting both sets of grandparents.  One day she and I went to the beach and I was swimming in the ocean. She was standing on the shore.  As I was trying to coming in I got caught in a rip-tide.  I was beginning to panic and get tired because I could not make it to shore,  I was so close but I could not get out, it kept pulling me back under.  My grandma somehow managed to reach in and pull me from the stronghold of the sea. I dried myself off and we went back home.  This is how I will remember my grandmother. Strong.  Godspeed Greta.

~vintage 80′s I think~

~Yarn Along~

Joining Ginny this week…

Not too much knitting going on here, I have been working diligently making my daughter her new doll. Her birthday is Tuesday and I am running out of time.

We’ll see, I seem to work best under pressure. On my needles I have the Poppy Sweater pattern, this is going to be a great sweater. I love the yarn and the pattern. I am so close to done..

I just need a few more hours in the day.. don’t we all??

~ A little peek~

I am planning on taking Friday off so I can really spend some time with this little one. I think she is going to be cute! I hope :)

~Weekending~

~Enjoying beautiful blue sky and really cold sunshine, winter storm advisory tomorrow!

~Just a touch of crochet.. can you tell what this is? I am not the best at crochet.

I started with this pattern and made a little chain and finished with a kind of   heart-y topper. I am going to use it as a bookmark. I wish I would have tucked in some lavender into the bottom heart. I have no idea how I did to the top, I just kept going until it kind of looked like a heart (to me).

~Cleaning, cleaning. Where does all that dust and whatnot come from?

~Organizing, organizing. My sewing area was so cluttered, I had to re-organize it. A cluttered space makes a cluttered mind. Not good.

~Laundering, laundering. So many things to launder.

~Listening to pandora. LOVE to listen to music while I work. So enjoyable.

~Hope your weekend was all that you needed it to be~

~Yarn Along~

Joining Jenny in her Yarn Along post’s.


I am so happy to be able to report that I have completed the cute little blue doll sweater. My gosh, it is so cute and cozy. You can see the pattern and information on the Ravelry link.

This week, I am still on doll clothes. My daughter’s birthday is quickly coming up and she has informed me that she wants a waldorf doll with red hair and green eyes. She also would like her doll to have some clothes that look like school clothes, a grey sweater, blue skirt, a white shirt. Yes, of course so, a grey sweater is on the needles. This time I am working on this pattern, and I am trying to remember this yarn, the tag has been lost.. I believe it is Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed Yarn. I think.

I am also working on another pair of baby booties, or dolly shoes. I just love this pattern it is most definitely my go to pattern.

I am on the hunt for a slipper pattern that my grandmother used to make for making our slippers. It was a simple pattern that always had a pom pom on the end of it. I know I’ve seen such patterns, but I need to spend some time finding the right one. I think that would just go perfect with my little nightie. Maybe something like this or this is really cute too.

As far as reading.. I need to gather some books this weekend and perhaps make a new tote, I have jury duty all next week. I am not sure how I feel about all of that, but I know I have to do my civic duty. There is a long list of what you can not bring, so I believe I will be reading quite a bit. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone is reading..

~Finishing up the small things~

 

I began this project long ago. I have worked in spurts around a full-time job, the holidays and some major stress at work. Not to mention my sewing machine had a melt down (after returning from the repair shop). Some nights I am so tired it’s all I can do to fall into bed. That being said, I have loved working on this little doll.   It will be hard to say goodbye, but it’s time for her to be on her way.  I just have a few more small things to finish up. Like binding her quilt, stitching up her little pillow. Make a nightie and she could use one more dress.  **Happy to say all of that is done**  Although, I keep thinking she needs one more pair of shoes and a going away bag to hold her clothes.  Hmm, no, I think it’s time to go.

She is ready to roll. I am ready to move on to my next doll. She will have green eyes and red hair (so I’ve been told).

 

I can’t wait to see what her name will be. She is going far away to live in Washington State with a special little girl. I told her she must be very sweet and a best friend to her new mommy. I think she listened.

I will miss you little friend but I know your going home to right where you belong, so I want you to be good and be sweet!

~Yarn Along~


Joining Jenny today.

I’m not able to say that I have completed my little blue sweater, I don’t know why it is taking so long.  It is going to be really cute I do know that!

Maybe it’s because I have my mind on so many projects I just can’t get one thing done completely. My mind is swirling all the time with possibilities. Gosh, it’s exhausting really.

For example there is this little pattern I can’t tell you how much I love this pattern. It’s great for doll shoes. It is quick and really easy. I guess it takes about hour uninterrupted to make one bootie. The problem is finding a solid hour in the day, but whatever, this is a great pattern.

I promise I will have that sweater done by next week, I will have it done, by hook or by crook.

What are you working on this week??