Monday, June 9, 2014

A Charming day to you!

Moving about smartly this day, for my homework needs tended to. Saturday was a travel day to Columbus, Ohio about 2 1/2 hours one way from our place. My firstborn graduated from high school, and it was the largest graduation in the nation and had to be held at The Ohio State University auditorium. My son was schooled from home for the last two years. He had attended ECOT the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the ceremony was very nice, and the day was beautiful weather wise. Sunday was a work day away from home. I've been unsuccessful at moving the hook, I spoke in the last post about changing up the yarn, the hook, or the pattern, and decided to ditch all 3 and start over. I  want a simple shawl,wrap, wide enough to incorporate a head covering. I saw one I liked on Daniel Boone ( ME TV ), my favorite show. Anyway, I suppose that I could fashion one up myself, which would take some considerable time since I've never made anything without a pattern, nothing of that size anyway.
The Barbie outfit hasn't been started yet either. I now need to wear wrist braces as my hands get so sore carpel tunnel? Well anyway, I'm got to move the hook!

Thank you for taking your time to visit with me. !

Monday, June 2, 2014

Crochet & Dolls of the Barbie kind

Hello All !
What's doin with you all?  I've been attempting to move my hook on that shawl scarf, and it is a slow go, I don't know if it is the pattern, color, or yarn.  I've not worked with #2 yarn, it is very soft and somewhat fuzzy, when I have to frog it knots up and I end up cutting. Oh bother. !  One of the 3 things will be changed, the popcorn stitch isn't difficult, I just don't know if I like it. So, we'll see. In
the meantime, after bringing up Miss Kitty and dusting her off, I'm in a doll mood, and have found some rather lovely Barbie doll gowns. As usual I am after the curve and so the pattern books are not easily accessible. My husband bought me a few years ago an anniversary Barbie of the one I had as a little girl. I've not opened her up, hoping maybe someday a grand daughter will delight in it as I did. In the meantime, I have time to make her some lovely dresses and things, I never knew there was so much out there.
County Fair coming up, and I think this year I would like to enter my Barbie doll in this lovely
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Somebody else thought so too, for it is sold out on Etsy where I found it.  A day late and a dollar short, that's  me. I'll keep looking around and see what turns up. Errands to run today, and hot rolls to make for my son's Boy Scout campout family dinner next week.

Have a good week

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oh you beautiful doll

I've been in an de cluttering frenzy of late, I suppose now that my oldest son is 18 and will be graduating in another week, I've taken stock of all the " stuff " we've accumulated over the years, and suppose it's time for  trips to Goodwill, not to purchase but to give. I've taken a good stock of all the things I have that I have purchased which have never been used and have accumulated dust, and clutter. Maybe it's my age, now in my 50's, I suppose I'm more selective about what I bring home now. I've kept all my thread yarn, and a few other things which fit in the curb side dresser I found over the winter, no more boxes and boxes. I'll be doing something with the majority of those books, I've narrowed down the ones I want to keep.
The Patons lace yarn (2) arrived yesterday, and I'm working on the shawl, I hope to start it today. I've been sewing, finishing up curtains I started for my younger son at least a year ago. Things get lost in clutter. My new rule is if I havn't done anything with it in over 1 year, it goes to Goodwill. While in the basement, I ran into an old friend.
Marion was a nice lady I met along the way, and back in the day I liked to do ceramics. Marion held the  clsses at her house, and she also made dolls in period costume, using ceramic, and cloth, and even crochet thread for the hair. She had many dolls and they were lovely. She was having a class learning to make the dolls.  It cost me $40 back in the day to make Miss Kitty. She has been in the basement since we moved into our home, today I brought her up, and dusted her off, and now she will grace my living room.
After cleaning and firing the head, arms & legs, they were painted and attached by toggles, the clothing was cut out from a pattern and then I sewed them loosely with a basting stitch. The first piece of clothing to go on was the lace petticoat, which was dipped in a stiffner and applied to the body. Once dried it was painted. The rest of clothing in the same fashion. I had written the directions down, wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back in the day and no longer have them. Her face was painted, and then it was time to give her a beautiful doo, which was done with of course crochet thread  dipped in the same glue placed on the head and fashioned up with a wave or two. 
Well, enough talk I'd like to introduce you to Miss Kitty circa 1985, she is old enough now to be called Vintage, she was made to appear Vintage, and now she really is, she really is more lovely now since she has some age on her.
There is a parasol which needs a little bit of re forming, it matches her gown, which was the black fabric, stiffend and then painted over with acrylic paint ( dry brush method ).
Thank you all for stopping by today, and meeting Miss Kitty

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The pictures of the vintage bounty crochet books

There are more to come, some I am keeping and the others I hope to find homes for.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day

Thank you!