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sweet as candy

  • Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

i really like this one.
sweet as candy
the colors are so bright and cheerful. they were inspired by the theme of this years yarnathon “candyland”. but i can also see this shawl done in jewel tones on black, or shades of blue on cream or… well you get the picture. i plan to make up some more after i get a couple of other projects done.

it came out the perfect size for a nice thick shawl for an msd or ellowyne, but i’m pretty sure it would also work as a somewhat smaller size for american girl sized dolls or even an sd.

i’m hoping to get the pattern typed, proofed and up on ravelry in the next few weeks.

here are some more pictures just ’cause i love it so much
sweet as candy
sweet as candy

ready, set action

  • Posted on January 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

meg and i went out today to take pictures of the new shawls. it was almost perfect weather. cold, but not bitterly so, mostly overcast, so a little dull, but no harsh shadows, and only a little breezy. although this first shawl was done with laceweight yarn, the stitch pattern made this one a little thick, so the style options are somewhat limited.
miss dottie

in spite of that, it is kind of fun and the colors are nice and bright

block party

  • Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

it will be a day or two before i’m home long enough to take pictures, but in the meantime here is a quick look at the shawls being blocked.
block party

finished the kal.. but not making shawls

  • Posted on January 22, 2017 at 11:24 am

i finished up the fourth shawl for my esk kal. that gave me the yardage i needed to qualify. but the scarves are so addictive, i’ve already started a fifth which i will show soon. its a variation of my tale of two cities shawl. i used the same stitches and color changes, but changed the position of the stripes a bit so that they worked out better at the edges. it made it just a little bigger, but i’m happier with how it is turning out…
however enough teasing you with a shawl that i’m not showing yet…. here is the one i did finish. it was inspired by the drachenfels shawl, with a bit of moonraker thrown in for variety, to create something totally different that i call “follow the dotted line”

follow the dotted line

sweet as candy

  • Posted on January 21, 2017 at 1:18 am

in spite of the fact that i had to constantly frog this one back to get the vision in my head to match the work on my needles, this shawl was done fairly quickly. it is the biggest of the shawls so far and my current favorite. the colors on this one were inspired by this years yarnathon theme of “candyland” but i think it would look stunning with jewel tones on black, or a gradient of blues on cream. i’m pretty sure there will be more in the girls future….

candyland knit and ends woven in

like the last one, the size of my candy shawl would work equally well as a shawlette or scarf for bigger dolls like an sd or american girl. i’m in the process of turning my notes for the last two into actual patterns, that i hope to have available soon on etsy and ravelry

a tale of two cities

  • Posted on January 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

shawl #2 for the eatsleepknit kal, inspired by a really pretty shawl called 5190 miles by melanie berg. i had to re-write this one completely, using different stitches, to get it to workout in msd size. it would also make a lovely scarf for my sd doll (who won’t be modelling it as she has no clothes 😉 ) or an american girl doll if i had one that size.
tale of two cities
i’m going to block them all this weekend i hope in preparation for photos next week

winter quarter kal

  • Posted on January 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm

the eatsleepknit kals are wonderful this year. since they are vaguely freestyle and we can combine projects to get the required yardage, i’m able to do lots of doll knitting/crocheting and have it qualify. i’m hoping to join all the kals, will have to see whether the flash kals work out too. this is going to help me get lots of yarn knit up this year. yay!

the winter season has two kals, melanie berg patterns and persian dreams. i’m knitting some nice warm winter shawl-scarves for my minifee girls for the first one. so far the patterns are more “inspired by” than actually following 😉 but that is always the way i knit and they are coming out quite nicely i think.

back at last?

  • Posted on January 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

please forgive me for my long absence, these last few months have been challenging to say the least. my middle child has had some serious health issues that have taken up most of my time. we are hoping/praying that he is stable right now and i may be able to get back to making doll stuff and checking in to my various forums on the net, at least a little bit, anyway.

so one of my favorite yarn stores eatsleepknit is having their yearly yarnathon, and this year looks like a winner as far as i’m concerned. they are allowing us to add projects together for the kals, cals and booster club prizes, so i can work on my doll stuff and actually have it count! 🙂 🙂 🙂

i’ve started a new blanket for the girls couch. i’m only being cautiously optimistic ’cause i started a christmas one O_O. and i’m working on some shawls that will hopefully get done in time to wear before summer hits. everything is being done in malabrigo lace so far. its the softest lace yarn i know of that doesn’t have cashmere in it, and eatsleepknit has tons of colors!

here’s a sneak peek at my christmas blankie.
snowflakes on a snowy road
i worked on it over the holidays, so took my “on the road” pic already in hopes that they have that badge again this year. if not it seemed appropriate anyway to do a snowflake afghan in the snow.

realfee houndstooth dress

  • Posted on May 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

i saw a picture of a black and white herringbone knit blanket with a red ruffle and it instantly inspired me to make a dress using the same colorway. i decided to do the bodice and sleeves in solid red since the increases in the houndstooth would look kind of “smooshy” and then do the skirt the plaid and add a narrow band of paid near the cuffs to tie it together. doing the ruffle on the skirt the same as the neck/sleeve ruffles caused the skirt to curl too much so i ripped it out and did a mock pleat using a 3×2 rib instead…. much better!

the bodice and sleeves are knit on 1.5mm needles. i switched to 1.75 mm when i started the houndstooth skirt, to add fullness and counteract the natural tightness of the slip stitch pattern.

Herringbone dress
i had all 24 ends sewn in and the sleeve seam sewn, when i suddenly decided i didn’t like the cuffs after all.. too floofy! so i carefully cut the right one off and re-knit it in the round, since i didn’t want to even try and unstitch that whole seam without wrecking it. now i like it much better. i will be doing the same to the second sleeve.
Re-knit cuffs
and here it is with both cuffs re-done. the pile of yarn at the top is all the bits of cut off/unravelled yarn from the original cuffs.

all part of the process

  • Posted on April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

i decided to knit my realfees some striped sweaters, and crochet coordinating funky hats. i wanted something that would be more suitable for the boys, or at least unisex. i tried, as much as possible, to carry the ends along so i’d have less to sew in, but i still ended up with this!
What was I thinking?

after sewing in all the ends i ended up with a pile of yarn bits almost as big as the pile of sweaters/hats

The finished piles

i still have to add snaps and make some pants to go with them so my dolls aren’t indecently exposed 😉 but then i’ll take more pictures and eventually one of each color will end up in my etsy store.