Friday, 20 January 2017

Belle

I have been busy working on uploading a new pattern today. I decided to call the dress "Belle" like one of my Disney Animator dolls. As usual it is available on Ravelry.


Disney Animator pattern



It is a pretty lacy dress which is relatively quick and easy to make. Knit flat topdown with a simple lace pattern on the skirt. 

Animator Belle


These dolls are so much fun to dress. It can become addictive. 


Disney Animator

Now I need to start working on some other projects though! Be back soon!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Blue Tits and Mulan!

The weather has recently been cold with rain, hail and snow. Most unusual for us.

I started feeding the birds from my window. Although it is hard to take a photo I managed to snap this one. 

Bird feeding


There are several who come. Most are blue tits but others arrive as well. 


My doll collection is still growing. I found Mulan on Ebay. Description said she was dirty and ok for "spare parts!" Well I just couldn't allow that! I put in an offer for half of the small amount they were asking and it was accepted within minutes. I wondered just how dirty and poor condition she was!


She arrived yesterday. Actually the only thing wrong was her matted hair!



A wash and combing session soon fixed that. Boo lent her a clean dress until I have time to make her something especially for her! 

Here she is:



Isn't she beautiful now? I think she is really happy to have arrived here!


Mulan disney doll

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Guardian Angel?


Witch and Angel


I dreamt that my Mother phoned me last night. She was eating an apple and I complained I couldn't hear her well.

She said that she was sorry she hadn't been around much but she knows that I am well and that she is keeping an eye on my new granddaughter to make sure she is ok. She told me that I can look after my older Granddaughter. (Thanks Maman!)

I can't really see her in the role of Guardian Angel but she has always loved small babies so I suppose that it is fitting! Not much patience with toddlers though so I guess that is why I get to look after the two year old! Lol!

She said that they can be pretty clueless at times. She always knows best! With her around all will run smoothly! 

Dreams can be strange.

Do you believe in Guardian Angels?


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Camille Cherie Free Pattern

Free pattern for Les Cheries dolls and similar size dolls.

Free knitting pattern


Notions:
50g Fingering weight yarn.


Needles: US 3/ 3 mm. (or those you need to obtain gauge)
Darning needle.
Stitch markers or waste yarn.
3 small buttons .
Difficulty:

Gauge: 8sts x 11 rows.

Abbreviations:
Co: cast on.
Bo: bind off.
St-stitch: Sts- stitches
K: knit
P: purl
Yo: yarn over
kfb: Knit into front and then back of stitch.
K2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
Ssk: Slip, slip, knit, slip 2 stitches and knit them together.
Bh: button hole.
S1, k2tog, psso: Slip 1, knit 2sts together and pass slipped stitch over. (Double decrease)

Cast on 121 sts and join to knit in the round.
1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
3-6: As rounds 1-2.
7: Knit. Decrease 1.
Start pattern:
1: *K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end of round.
2: Knit.
3: *K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5; repeat from * to end of round.
4: Knit.

Repeat rounds 1-4 for a total of 10 times or to desired length.

Start decreases for waist:
1: *K1, s1,k2tog, psso, k1; repeat from * to end of round. ( 72 sts)
2: Knit.
The bodice is now knit flat. Turn work.
4: Purl.
5: k3, *k2tog, k1; repeat from * to last 3sts, k3.
6: K3, purl to last 3sts, k3.
7: K50.
8: K3, p44, k3.
9: K4, *K2tog, k2; repeat from * to last 6sts, k2tog, k4.
10: K3, p33, k3.
11: K39.
12: K3, p33, k3.
13-20: As rows 11-12.
Divide for arms.
1: K10, bo 2, k15, (st on needle from bo included in count), bo2, k10.
Continue working on backs and front separately.
Right back:
2: K3, p5, p2tog.
3: K9.
4: K3, p6.
5-8: As rows 3-4.
9: K9.
10: Bo3sts, p6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.
Bind off.

Left back.
2: P2tog, p5, k3.
3: K9.
4: P6, k3.
5-8: As rows 3-4.
9: Bo 3sts, k3.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16 As rows 11-12.

Front:
2: P13.
3: K4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4.
4: P17.
5: K17.
6: P17.
7: K7. Bo3, k7.
Continue working on sides of neck separately.
Right front.
8: P7.
9: Ssk, k5.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.

Left front of neck.
8: P7.
9: K5, k2tog.
10: P6.
11: K6.
12: P6.
13-16: As rows 11-12.
Bind off.

Sew shoulder seams.
Pick up and knit 36sts around neck.
Rows 1-3: K1, p1, to end of row.
Bind off in rib

Sleeves.

Cast on 24sts.
1-4: K1, p1; repeat to end of row
5: *Kfb, k1; repeat from * to end. (36sts)
6: Purl.
7: Knit.
8: Purl.
9-12: As rows 7-8.
13: Bo 2sts, knit to end.
14: Bo 2sts, purl to end.
15: Ssk, k28, k2tog.
16: P30.
17: Ssk, k26, k2tog.
18: P28.
19: Ssk, k24, k2tog.
20: P2tog, p22, p2tog.
21: Ssk, k20, k2tog.
22: P2tog, p18, p2tog.
23: (Ssk)x5, (k2tog)x5.
24: P10.
Bind off.
Sew sleeve seams and sew to bodice.
Attach buttons and weave in yarn ends.


Free doll pattern
















Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Patricia Renwick © Copyright January 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Voices

Voices voices in my Brain,
Always constant, still the same

Counting numbers, counting sheep
but the voices never cease
I just want to go to sleep.

Tossing and turning for hours and hours
Lying, thinking, need staying power
I just want to go to sleep

Will the memories never end?
Can I never turn that bend?
Will I never rest in peace?

Rest in Peace.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year

Well New Year's Eve. Let's hope the coming year will be better for all. It has been a tough year this year.



It actually snowed here! Not very much.  First time in many years that I remember snow for New Year. Didn't last long. 

I am not doing all my usual cooking; just DH, DD and me here. A peaceful evening by the fire. 


I didn't buy anything special, just what was already in the larder. Of course the usual lentils were obligatory! Lol! I did a slowcooker full of them for today and tomorrow.


Wishing you all a peaceful and serene end of 2016 and a very happy 2017!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

2016-2017

This year is drawing to an end: it has not been a good year from my point of view. So many negative things have happened in 2016. However there have been some positive ones as well. 


advent


The wheel is turning and a New year has already begun if you follow the solar year; will still soon be beginning if you use our "normal" calendar! ( My apologies to all who follow other ones as I can't remember the dates without looking them up!)


Now is the time when I start thinking of what changes to make in the New Year. 
I know we can start anew at any time but a new year beginning seems a good opportunity to start new projects and try to implement changes. 



new year

Most of the things I am thinking of doing are connected to the house and to my ongoing decluttering. With a few steps ahead and a couple back things are slowly getting as I want them. Not easy though. 

Finances are another thing to control. Sometimes I just don't know where to reduce costs but it is always possible. 

Going more and more "Green" is easy. "Mother Earth" deserves our best and I have always had a tendancy to respect nature: the way I was brought up!
If we don't take care of our world today there will be no tomorrow for our decendants. 

We are lucky to live in a place which is still relatively unspoiled and hope to help keep it that way.

I will be sharing new projects and ideas with you in this coming year.

What are you planning for 2017? New Year Resolutions anyone?