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I am 44. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. In 2015 we added another beautiful young adult to our house, our niece, and she has been a great joy! Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Dress is done!

Ok I completed the dress on Wednesday. It turned out TOTALLY cute! Now I am making an orange one just to make sure the pattern is written out correctly. But then I have to make a purple one for my niece who just got "Jess" for Christmas. And THEN I have to modify it to fit my other niece's "Bitty Baby". So it may be a little while before I can get the pattern posted. (my little brain is thinking of submitting it for publishing??) But I will get a picture of all the 'girls' wearing their new dresses. I have to go. I have two days left in which to complete 1 1/2 dresses and create another pattern.......

bye
biz

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dress for American Girl Dolls WIP



OMG...how did this happen? Two days in a row???

Here I am blogging again.

I just had to share with you my current wip's. My daughter has an American Girl collection. Well, she got "Addy" for Christmas this year. And I just NEEDED to create a dress for her. It is being done in the 50's Shirtwaist style with a twist. Of course the twist is being done because I didn't like something I did to my own pattern and had to add to it. However, I do not think I will be unhappy with the outcome. Still have to add sleeves and the collar. I'm sooo excited. I should have it done today. Can't wait to post more.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite and I will post the pattern next time. :)

It super simple so far.

TTFN

biz

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Whimsical Castle Pattern


Hi all.
As promised (however totally late) here is the pattern for the castle from last entry.

WHIMSICAL CASTLE BAG by Elizabeth Mareno
beginner - advanced beginner



Materials: G hook, Grey Yarn ( I used Red Heart Grey Heather), Small amount of green yarn for vine, Yarn needle.

Bottom:
(do not join rounds unless noted)
Ch 4, sl st to first ch.
Row 1- 6 sc inside circle.
Row 2- 2 sc in ea sc around.
Row 3- (sc in 1 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 4- (sc in 2 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 5- (sc in 3 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 6- (sc in 4 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 7- (sc in 5 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 8- (sc in 6 sc, 2sc in next) around.
Row 9- (sc in 7 sc, 2sc in next) around.
join with sl st to first sc, ch 3. do not finish off!

Sides: (join all rounds w/sl st unless noted)
Row 1- In back loop only, dc in each sc around.
Row 2- ch1, sc in same st as join, in back loops sc in ea dc around.
Row 3- Repeat row 1
Row 4- Repeat row 2
Row 5- Repeat row 1
Row 6- ch3, in both loops, dc around.
Row 7- ch3, in both loops dc around leaving last 4 dc undone. do not join.
Row 8- ch 3, turn, dc in each dc around. ch4, skipping open dc, join with sl st to top of ch3.
Row 9- ch1, turn, sc in join, sc in each dc around, join.
Row 10- Reverse sc around. Finish off and weave in ends.

Vine trim: With dark green. Sl st & ch a trellis up the join openings and around the window on the side of the castle base.

TOP:(do not join unless noted)
Row 1- Ch2, 5sc in 2nd ch.
Row 2 & 3- sc in each sc (5)
Row 4- 2 sc in each sc around. (10)
Row 5- sc in each sc around (10)
Row 6- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around. (15)
Row 7- sc in each sc around (15)
Row 8- 2 sc in each sc around (30)
Row 9- sc in each sc around. (30)
Row 10- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around. (40)
Row 11 & 12- sc in each sc around. (40)
Row 13- (sc in 9sc, 2sc in next) around. (44)
Row 14- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next) around, sc in rem 4 sc. (49)
Row 15- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) around, sc in 6 sc, 2 sc in next. (58)
Row 16- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around, sc in last sc. (71)
Row 17- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around, sc in last sc. (106)
Row 18- Join with sl st to 1st sc. Reverse sc. Finish off, weave in ends.

YOU WANT A SLIGHTLY RIPPLED LOOK TO THE TOP WHEN DONE.

Ties(make 2): Wherever front is, at about row 14, attach with a sl st (to the underside of the top) around a post of sc and Ch 30, cut off. secure ends.

Attach the top at about row 14 to the center of the back, making sure the ties line up with the window in the front.