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Winter?Autumn? and WIPs

Winter has bullied its way in, and pushed our beautiful autumnal season out! ūüė¶


It doesn’t seem like our 7-inch snowfall on Halloween was a fluke either. ¬†The snow did melt (none too quick though–took a few days!), however, we are still colder than normal and the rooftops are dusted white once again this morning.

I took these pics the day after our big Halloween event!

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You can see autumn didn’t get to finish its ‘work’ this year.

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Even our front porch squirrels got Halloween snow dumped on them!

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So, anyway… ¬†Hello! ¬†On a positive note, with this weather comes more time to spend indoors and create, right? ¬†I’ve got lots of things in progress. ¬†(Probably too many, as my head is starting to feel a bit jumbled–better get some of these things moved to the ‘completed’ list.)

I showed you this dress as it was being knit. ¬†I finished it, blocked it, then tried it on my Little Darling. ¬†The sleeves were too long and a little too wide. ūüė¶ ¬†I figured out where I wanted to decrease the sleeves, and then ripped back to that row. ¬†Two decreases and four rows less on each sleeve did the trick. ¬†It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

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I spent the day on Sunday sewing dresses for Gracie and Talyssa, my Kaye Wiggs MSD girls. ¬†I quickly realized that I am out of practice sewing for them–the first dress came out too tight around the waist–no room for the added bulk of a pair of snaps. ¬†If I add a bead and loop closure it could work, but going to put it aside for now.

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After this ‘fail’, and so I wouldn’t ruminate over it, I quickly made another and the second dress worked fine. ¬†Yay! ¬†It turns out my skirt width for the first dress was too wide and added too much bulk (with the gathers) to the waist.

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While in my studio sewing I snapped a few photos of my dolls and their ensembles that were pretty-ing up my view.

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Today I’ll probably do some knitting on the cardigan that will accompany the red snowflake dress and start weaving in ends on my three sweater dresses that are waiting to be completed.

I might also brave the cold and go out for an invigorating autumn, or I should say wintery, walk in my neighborhood.  Also, a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove would be perfect today.

How about you?  What are your plans for the day?


Thank you for stopping by!


Merry Halloween!

Hello my friends, and Happy Halloween!

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However…, ¬† I must add that it looks like Christmas here in northern Illinois.

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It snowed last night, is still snowing, and will be snowing for trick-or-treating. ¬†The way it’s blowing around as it comes down makes it look like a little blizzard out there. ¬†I cannot remember a Halloween with snow. ¬†Trick-or-treating in a snowstorm seems like a novel experience. ¬†Maybe it will be fun for some–at least I hope so; we have lots of candy.

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It is beautiful, as all first snowfalls of the season are!

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Many trees still have leaves on their branches which are being weighed down by the wet snow! ¬†I hope they don’t break.

This is what Patience thinks of all the snow.

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To see more of this ensemble from 2013 click here for the blog post.

I plan to stay home today and sew!  The dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are coming along.  I worked many hours on them yesterday getting the pockets sewn on and the neckline ties made.  All I have left to do to finish them is to sew up the back seams, stitch the neck casings/insert the ties, and stitch hems.

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I’d also like to get started sewing a Christmas dress for one of my girls today. ¬†Up to now my 2019 Christmas dresses have all been knitted sweater dresses. ¬†I just finished this blue one for the Little Darlings which is blocking. ¬†I changed up my sweater dress pattern slightly by nipping in the waist and rearranging the increases for the a-line skirt. ¬†I added thin mohair bands of ‘fur’ for all the edgings.

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Thank you for visiting with me.  Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, not too spooky, just fun-filled and sweet!

Bye for now! ‚̧

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The Past Couple of Weeks

Hello to you from rainy, rainy, rainy! northern Illinois. ¬†The rain has been coming down since last night. ¬†It’s still warm at the moment, but we are in for a big change later on today. ¬†So the rain will stop, but then it will get cold! ¬†Cold like we haven’t seen for many months. ¬†Not ready! ¬†This temperature drop will seem like a slap in the face. ¬†OW!

These past couple of weeks have been beautiful though. ¬†I’ve been getting outside most days for walks in the sunshine and to simply enjoy nature. ¬†We have quite a few forest preserves around here and also some quiet roads. ¬†Last weekend I visited one of the nearby forest preserves.

At one point on the trail it was an open expanse as far as the eye could see.

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The colors of fall are showing up in the plants, but not yet the trees (except here and there).

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When I have portable work and don’t feel like staying at home to do it I like to visit nearby coffee shops; this one is so cute. ¬†It has 5 rooms with tables and chairs in each. ¬†I think I previously showed you a photo when my daughter and I spent a Friday afternoon here. My favorite room is this south facing room with these big windows.

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Here is a look into the main room while I was working on my knitting.

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And here is another room off of the room I was in. ¬†The doorway to the left shows a room for the little ones. ¬†There are lots of toys in there. ¬†I’ve never seen any children using it; perhaps they are here at different times.

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The dress I was knitting while at the coffee shop is now completed: ¬†knit, blocked, buttons added…

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… and Gina modeling it. ¬†Here’s a sneak peak from my sewing room this morning. ¬†I want to add a little more embroidery (it’s at the hemline) and a pretty red ribbon around the waist. ¬†I have the perfect little accessory for her to hold; I’ll show you later. ¬†Both girls still need tights and I want to come up with an accessory for Alice. ¬†So, these two ensembles are almost completed.

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Now, I must go get some rest. ¬†I’ve been fighting a cold all week (my husband brought one home from traveling over a week ago!). ¬†I thought I had succeeded in not catching it, but no. ¬†Today I know I am definitely sick. ¬†At least the weather matches my symptoms!

I hope you are well and enjoying beautiful weather where you are. ¬†Thank you for stopping by, my friends. ‚̧