I hope you survived the Holiday and your house isn’t to trashed. One thing I am very thankful for every year is we have a pretty low key Thanksgiving. No one comes from out of town. We don’t go out of town. Dress clothes are not required (but sweatpants are forbidden – there has to be a line some where.) Our Thanksgiving is pretty much a potluck with Hubby’s parents, his brother’s family (1 wife, 1 adult son, the brother) and us. We have a set menu and everyone knows what they are responsible for. I swear to Heaven it is a pretty perfect day. Even better when I get home in time for a nap! Want to know exactly how low key our Thanksgiving was? The only thing I took a picture of was the table!
This week has been a bit stressful on the blog front though. The pattern test period for the Highland Poncho ended on the 20th. I had 8 testers sign up and agree to make the poncho and give me notes on where I can improve the pattern. Only two people finished it but no one sent me any photos. So I am going to publish it on December 1, 2017 blind. Completely on faith that I don’t have a glaring error somewhere. If your interested I will put a link up here and the pattern will be free for a couple of days with a coupon code. If one of you happen to make it I would love pictures or feedback!
I did have a really bright spot this week though! I had a return customer to my Etsy Store. She buys a few dolls from me every year around Christmas for her Granddaughter and this year she bought 3. I wanted to add a thank you of some kind for her being such an awesome customer so I made a different colored scarf for each one of the dolls (including the ones she had ordered before). Hopefully the little girl will love the new additions to her collection – Bumble Bee, Elephant, and the Deer modified to have a Red Nose! I love that there is a little girl out there loving these dolls.
I have also been working on a pattern for a seamless octopus doll. I know you have heard me talk about the Octopus dolls before, and I loved making them with the original pattern, but I got to thinking. Those dolls are pretty huge compared to some of the preemies I have seen pictures of. Besides that I have always been worried about sewing on eyes and the tentacles; if there is ever a time you don’t want something to fall off a doll it would be in a preemie bassinet. So I have created my own pattern for a seamless doll. It is all made in one straight shot so the only place it can possibly come undone is at the beginning and the end – but with proper knotting that won’t be an issue! The finished doll is much smaller and the tentacles are also much shorter. I am working on getting the pattern into a printable format and I am going to share it on here for free. I want to put it on my Etsy store as well, but they won’t let you put out a pattern for free there (how are they going to make money on that?) so it will be up on Ravelry for free when I figure that part out. If you want to test it let me know and I will send you my working document. If you can work single crochet and slip stitches you can do this. It takes me about 3 hours for each one.
My find of the week isn’t really new. It is a Craftsy class – Sew Study Travel Organizers. I have been working with make up bags and things that don’t really hold everything I need for different projects and wishing I had something better. Then I stumbled on this class while looking at the sales this weekend. It is going to be perfect. I will figure out how to make the perfect bag for each of my project types – crochet, cross stitch & embroidery, tatting, beading, travel/ art journaling. There will be normal travel bags too – you know how I love to take trips. Then there are going to be bags for Mermaid! So many bags – Barbie sorters, card sorters, her arts and crafts, markers and pencils. I can’t even tell you how excited I am . If your interested please use this affiliate link to check it out!
Elephant Doll – Amazon Order
Elephant Doll – Etsy Order
Bumble Bee Doll – Etsy Order
Rudolph Doll – Etsy Order
6 Doll Scarves – Etsy Bonus
Octopus Doll – for Ronald McDonald House
Bumble Bee Doll – Amazon Order
Chic Cloche & Scarf < Progress on the scarf
Lavender Fields Throw
Curvy Girl Tunic
Daisy Chain Quilt
Garden Cross stitch sampler