Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  We’re waking up to a wet and dark Halloween.  Hopefully it will improve; they say it it will.

Last year trick or treating was during a rainstorm and the temperature was in the 30s (brrr) and very, very few children came around, maybe three.  Really, who could blame them, wet AND cold!  My husband had lots and lots of candy bars to munch on until Christmas;   I’m sure he didn’t mind.

In honor of Halloween I have collected past photos of my girls dressed for the occasion.

mini pumpkin patch 012 puki's pumpkin patch 893 bitsy pumpkin patch 847

20 group halloween 2005

Hope you have crisp, fall weather for the trick-or-treaters!  Enjoy the day!  Bye for now.

Math & Knitting

Yesterday morning was spent getting a knitting pattern together, so that Talyssa can have her very own fuzzy mohair sweater.  I wanted to use a larger needle size since Talyssa is a bigger doll, and I didn’t want to be knitting her sweater for days and days and days on end.  My mohair/silk yarn is lace weight and it is already quite “airy” for the smaller dolls, so I thought that holding two strands of yarn together to make a heavier yarn would work great on larger needles.

I started figuring things out by knitting a swatch with the same needle size that I use for Talyssa’s basic wool sweater and then evaluated it.  The fabric was a bit dense and stiff, I thought.  I knit another swatch on a size larger needles and thought it looked just right, nice and “airy”.

swatching 025The next step was to start with Talyssa’s basic wool sweater pattern and adjust the stitch counts and rows using the new gauge.  After some division, multiplication and number rounding, I had a pattern to start with.

10-27-15 028I love doing this kind of math work!  Who knows why!  I would think that it would make me want to pull my hair out, but for some reason I find it mentally invigorating.

Now to knit.  And, I did, all afternoon and evening on Tuesday, and hoping and hoping that it would come out perfect.  At “bedtime” on Tuesday I only had 12 more rows to go, and it is all body knitting, easy!  The sleeves got finished on Tuesday night, they seemed to take forever, turning my work constantly, it seemed.  Talyssa has long arms.

10-28-15 035I finished up Talyssa’s sweater before Wednesday afternoon started.  I did a quick try on before blocking and it will fit her!  Yay!  Now I will get started on her dress.  I took a photo of Talyssa’s sweater next to one for the Little Darlings to see the size difference. Yes, they are quite different in size, but what I thought was even more interesting was the difference in lot colors of the yarn.  Talyssa’s was knit with a couple of skeins that I just received and the Little Darling’s was knit with yarn that I received earlier in the year.

10-28-15 0372015 is going fast!  My daily Mary Engelbreit calendar pages are almost gone!

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Oh, I just heard it’s National Chocolate Day.  Have you had some today?  It’s my sweet of choice–I have some dark chocolate daily.

Bye for now and thanks for reading!


Our “Tiny Holly Helper”

Little Fairyland’s Pukipuki Sugar is here to help with the holiday preparations in any way that she is able, even if it’s just standing around looking cute.  BTW, she does that really well, don’t you thin?

tiny holly helper b 668Her Christmas set is knit with hand dyed merino lace weight yarn.  It photographed brighter and pinker than it actually is, it is a muted berry color.  The “fur” trim is knit with mohair/silk lace yarn.  I attached little strips of magnets to the back side of the plastic holly charm, so Sugar can hold on to it.

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tiny holly helper 670Sugar says thanks for visiting!

Bye for now!