Monthly Archives: November 2016

“A Most Magical Season”

Do you believe the Christmas season is upon us?  Seriously, I can’t believe it!  November flew by at 100 mph.  I think I am going to have to accept that I will only get a fraction of the holiday ensembles completed that I had wanted to.  There simply won’t be enough time, even if I worked around the clock.  So . . . that’s the way it will play out this year.

I do have something to show you right now though! 🙂

It is an ensemble for the Little Darlings.  I finished this one about a week ago, but wanted to wait until we got our Christmas tree, so I could use it as a back drop.  In front of the tree is one of my favorite places for taking photos.  There’s something magical about the sparkly lights and ornaments.


This is another Japanese cotton print that was impossible for me to resist—all those toys, candy canes, and cutie pie Santa!  The illustrations have a vintage feel which I love.

The knits I made for this ensemble have a vintage feel too.  The forest green wool cape is embellished with red seed beads and green embroidery.  A little motif is on every one of the panels which are separated by lace eyelets.  I found some old knitting patterns from the 1950s and they called this type of hat a cuddle cap.  It is different from the headband hats that I’ve been making in that the cuddle cap sits back on the head and is slightly shaped.  To complete her knitwear set, Gina wanted a striped scarf, so I made her a micro striped green/natural colored one with colorful fringe.



This is my first ever hand knit Christmas stocking!  I used a free pattern from Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits.  Gina is thrilled with all of the tiny gifts it can hold.  Her little Christmas tree is embellished with a star and ornament beads.  She also has a gingerbread man, lollipop, candy cane, silver ornament, and a red berry/ribbon decoration tucked inside.  I attached wooden skewers to the goodies, (except the tree) so they can be rearranged and easily peek out of the stocking.  I added a tiny hand made tassel to the toe of the stocking too.


Of course the doll motif had to be on the front of the dress bodice!  Gina is also wearing a candy cane bracelet.  I don’t think she can get any more festive, do you?  She wishes you all a “Very Merry Holiday Season”!


“A Most Magical Season” will be available tonight (November 30, 2016) at 7:00 pm CST,

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Wishing all of my readers in the US a very happy Thanksgiving Day!  I hope you enjoy a special dinner with your family today.  I am thankful to have my baby (my daughter) home from college for a few days.


As a special treat, Helen Kish’s Zsu Zse is here to help wish you a Happy Turkey Day.  She’s been busy, along with Teddy, baking pies.

I am also thankful for all of you, my dear readers!

New Knitting Pattern

Hello from blustery northern Illinois.  The weather change is happening.  It’s been springlike the last couple of days and we may get snow flurries tomorrow.  Our weather is rarely boring!

I thought I’d put Penny’s latest cardigan from “Christmas Love” into pattern form for all of your chilly Penny and Polly girls.

penny basic cardi pattern p1

For more information and to purchase Penny’s “Classic Cardigan” knitting pattern please visit Ravelry.

In case you don’t knit, her OOAK ensemble is available right now!

My number one goal for the evening is to keep our chihuahua from blowing away when he goes out to do his business.  LOL!  Hope you have a great evening!  Bye for now!