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.

winter garden 961

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

daisy chain 642

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.

a party in the rose garden 306

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!



'tis apple picking season 068

my %22blue%22-ming garden 291


happy day to you 592

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!

20 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2017!

  1. Catherine

    I wish you a beautiful year 2017 full of love and tenderness and I’m sure it will be better than the last one.
    Thank you very much for all your wonderful works!
    Here it is 10 pm and the new year comes soon!
    Friendly yours,

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Happy New Year, Catherine! Thank you for your friendship and comments throughout 2016! I always enjoy hearing from you all the way in France. It is the afternoon here on this bright and sunny New Year’s Day. Your day is probably almost over; I hope it was a nice relaxing one. ❤

  2. Joy

    Love this post. I know wonderful things await you in 2017.
    You won’t believe this, but I finally learned how to cast on yesterday! Yay. That is if I can remember today. I took my aunt to a knitting gathering and ran into the mother of one of my former students. (Antonia, the student, is now at UC Davis and doing great.) Any how, she kindly showed me what to do so I can practice. I couldn’t seem to follow ytube very well. She was knitting a pullover for a 4 year old with the cutest cats with loose tails. She has an Etsy shop. In my dreams I should ever be able to knit like that. But it was fun to see all of the creative projects everyone was working on.
    We’re having pizza tonight and watching something on tv I guess. Not much into the party scene here.
    I finally got a picture of my 10ers on parade wearing their ugly Christmas sweaters. Took me two days to get them all dressed. Phew…
    Really enjoyed the recap. You have done so much this year. Congratulations.
    Now on to a very happy next year.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      I’d like to personally wish you a Happy New Year, Joy! I hope your 2017 is wonderful for you and your family.
      Yay for learning to cast on. It’s a start even if you need a refresher on the steps involved. At least it is familiar now.
      Would you believe that I don’t enjoy dressing my dolls?!!! It IS a lot of work!
      We had a quiet New Year’s Eve at home too–game playing and snacking. It was nice.

  3. Colette.

    You’re not alone, the same awful 2016 year by here and … Through the world, I guess.
    But yeeees! Happy new 2017 year !!! Thank you very much to share through your blog so marvelous works ! All the best, and again happy-happy New Year !!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Happy New Year, Colette! I’ve heard from so many that 2016 was awful. 2017 is starting very nice here. It’s sunny and warm for January 1 (above freezing!). Thank you for reading my blog this year, and taking the time to comment! ❤

  4. Lana keeling

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work this past year I look forward to your newsletters. I wish you a very happy healthy New Year.

  5. Marian

    Happy New Year to you.

    Yes I miss my Mom and Dad every day as well.

    You are so talented. I love the small print material you use

    on your dresses and the embroidered embeleshments on

    your sweaters and all the little accessories, I especially love

    the Christmas toy print material. Where do you find the

    small print material?

    Wishing you and your family a Healthy and Happy New Year.

    Marian Lassiter

    Whittier CA

  6. Cindy Rice Post author

    Hi Marian and Happy New Year to you! I order my fabric from online stores. There are many that I use. Once you find fabric manufacturer’s or designers that you like you can follow their work on Facebook or Instagram to see their new lines. Last year I wrote a blog post on how to decide if the scale of a fabric will be right for dolls. You can view that post here. https://cindyricedesigns.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/fabric-fabric-and-more-fabric/

  7. Irene Watt

    Hi Cindy, Happy New Year! I enjoy your blog and love your patterns. This is the first sweater and hat that I’ve made with your pattern. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I love how it turned out. My 14″ Kish Urban Song looks wonderful in it. I’m looking forward to your coat pattern and any others that you publish for 13-14″ BJDs.

    Hope your year is wonderful and full of blessings.

    New to dolls and new to your blog, enjoying both immensely, Rene Watt

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Happy New Year to you too, Irene! Welcome to the world of dolls! I am so happy you are finding my patterns enjoyable to work from. That makes me happy! Stay tuned for more. . . I’ll be publishing more on a regular basis. ❤

  8. Darlene Dessormeau

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m enjoying this blog, all of your pictures! To me opening your email is like getting a present every time! In reading this today you asked what we’d like to see added for your patterns, well I really loved the pink shrug one Gracie for starters. But I also love the crochet items in your pics also. So really I don’t think that you could go wrong in sharing whatever patterns you want. Looking forward to your coming year blog. Happy and healthy New Years to you and your family,

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Darlene! I appreciate hearing that your enjoying my blog very, very much! ❤ I haven't done any crochet accessory patterns yet, or anything at all for the MSDs. I will definitely keep your suggestions in mind, great suggestions. I hope you have a fantastic 2017!


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