Sunday, July 20, 2014

YoP week 3

Another week, another post from me.  I can hardly believe it myself. 

And, I am happy to report I have another finished item to show all of you.


This is a little skirt for the American Girl doll. It is made with Red Heart Shimmer.  The only issue I have is, blocking is not a possibility, with it being acrylic and having the 'shimmer' thread running through it.


It was a pretty quick and easy pattern to do.  I love doing lacy type projects and this did not disappoint me at all.

I started on another project right away too.


Since my Grand Daughters Bday is the first of August, I decided to complete all my doll cloths for that purpose this year.  This is a sweet little dress for her AG doll.  I have had this yarn in my stash for a looooong time and she has been longing for me to make something for her with it.  I mean, after all, there is BLING in it.  It is Rozetti Polaris and comes in such lovely colors.

 My lighting is horrible but this is a BRIGHT cherry red.  It is totally cloudy outside and inside is not the best place for a red yarn to be photographed.  Anyway, I am done with the skirt part of the dress and am now starting on the bodice.  As you can see, it also has a lace pattern to the skirt.  For some reason I had a horrible time with this lace.  My counts would be off, I would for get to pass the slip stitch over, put too many YO in it.  I did a lot of ripping back and with lace, that is not a fun thing.  But this yarn was very forgiving and didn't cause me a lot of grieve doing it.  I should have it done by weeks end and then will need to start on something else RIGHT AWAY.

I have no clue what will be next on the list to work on.  Will probably start in on the Christmas gifts that I want to do so they will be ready in plenty of time.  Lucky for me, all of them are small projects so I won't melt in our 115 degree heat that is coming this week.

I know you all are probably tired of seeing my list each week.  But it keeps me focused on my goals and if I don't put it on my blog each week, I will not follow it as I should.  I know this from years past and I DO learn from my mistakes (most of the time)
YoP 4 List

New items to do
Lapghan for my mom
(I started on this on July 1st since this is when the official YoP 4 started)
FINISHED 7/6/14

2-3 Doll Clothes
(I really want to get this done this year......I really do)
TWO DONE 7/16/14
ONE ON THE NEEDLES

Slippers
(These make the best Christmas gifts and my entire family said they need new ones)


WIP's to complete

1 fingerless mitt
( This is for a Christmas gift this year so it WILL be done soon)

Log Cabin Blanket
(This has been in my WIP pile for about 3 years now.  It needs to leave it)

One sock
(This also needs to be done for Christmas.  It's been lingering around for 6 months)


Yearly projects I do anyway

12 dishcloths 
( These also make such nice Christmas gifts and are quick and fun to do)
ONE COMPLETED 7/10/14

Socks
( I love doing them and can not say how many pairs I will complete but need to do some)



Things to increase my skills

2-3 test knits/crochet
(I have done a few of these over the past year and loved doing them.  They totally test my skills as a crafter and help me branch out into areas I would never ever think of going)
   

Personal Goal

Use only the yarn from my stash for all the above projects.
( I am truly going to try NOT to purchase any more yarn this year.  I have already gone 4 months without buying any yarn and I figure I can continue that trend for at least another 12 months.)
NO YARN BOUGHT AS OF 7/20/14

Take photos of ALL items when done.
(I have a habit of gifting items and never photographing them for my blog)
YUP, SO FAR AS OF 7/20/14


Not much else in the knitting/crocheting world going on with me.  I will admit, though, that I have looked at yarn this past week but kept telling myself NO! I have so much stash yarn and there is really no reason to purchase anymore for a long time.  Now, that being said...........................if for some reason I find a test knit/crochet that I want to partake in and I absolutely do not have the correct fiber for it.............well then, all bets are off.  But I have everything from lace to worsted.  The only thing I don't have is bulky yarn.  So we will see how I continue to do on the fasting of yarn buying.

In other news...........................Doggie school is going great.  We had our second lesson this week and I learned a lot about what we have been doing wrong with the dogs.  This week we learned heel and sit.  Even though we worked with 'sit' last week, the little boy dog just didn't get it.  Not his fault but his owners issue.  We got that corrected yesterday and our walk this morning went pretty good.  As for the little girl dog that is not going to class..............................she is so smart and so gets what we want from her.  If I am in a great mood, I take the boy first, since he is more of a problem and then the girl.  Bad mood................reverse that order as she gets my mood elevated in about 20 yards of walking.

Today we are finishing up our guest room and making it ready for our company that is coming in and out during the month of August.  I am not sure how many will be here off and on but I already know there will be 5 here starting on the 5th and more to come later in the month.  We will have a full house but I am so looking forward to it.  My Mom is so thrilled that her grands and great grands are coming down to see her.  Too bad it took her getting this ill for them to come for a visit.  But they are young and have such active lives.  I totally get it.  I was the same way at their age.

Off to work on the house a bit,  then need to do some quick grocery and supply shopping for the week and THEN I will pick up my needles and get that dress as completed as I can before my eyelids close for the day.

Happy Crafting!



10 comments:

  1. Cute little skirt. That dress will be elegant I am sure. Your grand daughter will love the treasures for her doll I am sure.

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  2. A full house through August?! Wow that sounds busy! Better plan some mindless knitting projects through that period because it sounds like you're going to be rushed off your feet!

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  3. Love the skirts - the colours are lovely and your granddaughter will love them.

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  4. YOU HAVE A VERY BLESSED GRAND DAUGHTER X

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  5. Such a lucky girl to have hand knitted items for her AG doll. The skirt and the dress are both darling and what gorgeous yarns for doll clothes.
    I am like you in that I have to update Ravelry and my YOP list when I blog on Sunday else it gets lost in the shuffle and if I read over everything I can organize what's coming up and make sure I have everything I need. I hope I stay on top of things this year. You're doing a great job! I just wish I had your stash! LOL!

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  6. Such a pretty skirt and I can't wait to see the dress, red is always such a pain to photograph isn't it! I like seeing your list there is something great about the ticking off of acomplished tasks that makes having a list a joy. Enjoy having your guests :)

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  7. What a cute little skirt! I am sure your grand daughter will love all the doll clothes.

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  8. So sweet to make dolls clothes for your grand-daughter!

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  9. Lucky Grand! I love those patterns and can't wait to for my Grands to have American Girl dolls. For now,I am looking for patterns to knit for their little 11" or 12" Madame Alexander baby dolls. Love your list and can't imagine knitting in 115 degree temps. We are having a crazy hot summer (for our normally temperate climate) days on end of upper 80's and into the 90's. Since the vast majority of us don't have central air, you can imagine we are melting.
    xoxoo

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  10. How sweet you're making posh items for the dolls. My kids went to am American doll party and wanted one. I told them they had to wait til the elder's la hanau to see if they still wanted one. Very cool how you'll hosting visitors in August. It'll be so much fun.

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