Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

I must say that I am happy to see 2016 go.  Even though it wasn’t all bad, for me, it brought many sad events.  I hope your 2016 was better than mine was.  I still miss my mom and dad every day, but I know they’re in a better place . . . and they’re together.  When I think about what my family and I were all doing last New Year’s Eve, it literally makes my heart ache.

So,  bye bye 2016!  Hello 2017!  You will be good to all of us, right?

I wanted to show you a recap of my work from 2016, but I have 76 ensembles and 6 patterns from 2016.  I guess I got more accomplished than I thought I did in 2016.  Hmm, not sure how to put all that in a little collage.  I’ll simply mention a few things that were notable to me this past year.

My Little Darlings got spoiled the most in 2016.  I made 30 ensembles for my three Little Darling girls and wrote four knitting patterns for them.

This was my first ensemble of 2017 and holds a special place in my heart.  It was the last embroidery my mom saw me work on.  She told me how beautiful it was, it’s something I’ll never forget.

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This was another favorite that I made for the Little Darlings.  It’s so springlike and happy and pink!

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I made one or two handfuls of ensembles each for Amelia Thimble, Fairyland’s Pukipuki, Tonner’s Patsy, Wilde Imagination’s Patience, Kaye Wiggs MSD Gracie/Talyssa, Kaye Wiggs 11″ Millie, Linda Macario’s Penny, and a lone ensemble for Kish Bethany.  Penny and Amelia Thimble have each gotten a knitting pattern too.

I think this was my favorite for Gracie.  I’m partial to plum as I know a lot of you are too.


But then, this one is a favorite too.  I think Gracie could wear a brown paper bag and still look adorably sweet.

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This year brought lots of new accessories for my ensembles.  I had a lot of fun making flower bouquets, crocheted baskets to hold apples and cut flowers, banners, wands, sheet music, and many drawstring purses that held hankies and treasures.  I even figured out how to knit mushrooms . . . that was fun!  Oh, I cannot forget to mention that knitting my first Christmas stocking (and filling it with goodies) was so much fun too!



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my %22blue%22-ming garden 291


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just peachy 755

At the end of October I published my first knitting pattern!

AG cardi pattern p1

It takes tons of concentration and quite a bit of time to write out my knitting patterns and get them to their published state, but I really love sharing what I know how to do with you.  I feel blessed that I can share some of the gifts God has given me.  Thank you for trusting in my work.

My sweater coat pattern for the Little Darlings is just about ready to be published.  And with it a one-of-a-kind winter ensemble featuring the sample sweater coat that I knit for the pattern.

My Little Darlings are getting lots and lots of attention lately.  Let me know if you’d like to see any of my other knitwear for other dolls in pattern form, or something else for our sweet Little Darlings.

I wish you all, my dear readers, a healthy and happy new year.  Thank you for your support in 2016!  I appreciate you all so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

I’ll seen you in 2017!

It’s Christmas Eve!

I hope you all are having a beautiful Christmas so far.  My little family is all together and we are enjoying each other’s company.  Right now my husband and daughter are making a pizza for dinner while I am writing a quick blog post to all of you.

I took a few photos of our Christmas tree and some of the ornaments hanging on our tree.  They are always so pretty and magical with the Christmas tree lights hitting them.




This is my favorite cross stitch ornaments.  I designed and made it for the 1999 Just Cross Stitch’s Christmas Ornament issue.  I remember being thrilled when I saw my ornament as one of the cover ornaments.


We have many vintage glass ornaments that have been in the family.


My husband brought back the Royal tara china snowman from Galway City, Ireland two decade ago.  I have a Santa too; they are special to me.


And our little tree that sits on the vintage drum table in our living room.  I have a lot of my mom and grandma’s ornaments on this tree.  My grandma loved pink ornaments!


Pizza is done!  It smells delicious!

I wish you all a magical Christmas!  Anyone else having a Christmas Eve pizza?

Bye for now!


One, Two, New Patterns!

I’ve been hard at work the last two days trying to get these two designs into pattern form for all of you knitters.  And I did it!  I’ve completed them just in time so that you have something fun to do during your holiday downtime.

When all of the holiday work is done you can relax in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea or cocoa or coffee, a plate of cookies, and knit your Little Darling cute winter wear.  If your weather has been anything like ours she’ll need it.

LD eyelet capelet pattern p1

LD headband earwarmer pattern p1

You’ll find both of these patterns to be a quick knit, especially the headband earwarmer.  And if you have more than one Little Darling, you can make each of them a winter set.

The patterns are for sale on Ravelry.  Click on the “Shop Patterns” tab.