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High Fiber—Dolls Have Taken Over My Life!

I did get away from the dolls for a little while this week, but not before Vroni unplugged my computer.

Or maybe she was trying to keep the plug from falling into the dog dish, on the floor to her right. 

Common Treads met at Karan's. She and Margareth were working on blocks from "Moose's Misadventures," a class from Davidene's

 

 

Georgette had just started a needlepoint project. I'll try to get a photo when she has more done.

My better half has been trying to take advantage of the few remaining days of autumn to get the outdoor repairs done, primarily painting and staining the decks, so he isn't able to go for walks or hikes with the dogs, so I have been taking them alone. Saturday was a beautiful day, and fairly warm (60-ish), so we went to Toll Canyon. 

 

  

We only went as far as the watering hole, because I was afraid to venture further into the forest alone with the dogs, because of the likelihood of encountering moose or other wild animals. It's difficult to grab two off-leash dogs quickly when you're alone, and Rocky doesn't hear as well as he used to, so I didn't want to take a chance. It's a nice hike, though, even staying on the road. You might encounter a bicycle or two, but no cars, so it's safe for the dogs to run. Dusty needs a lot of exercise at his age, so it's good for him to be able to run free.

I finished the iPhone pouch for my niece.

 

You can't tell from the photo of the finished pouch, but it's lined with batik. I gave her the choice of three fabrics for lining. She chose the one in the middle.

 

 

I'm making progress on the Tyrolean coat for Vroni, using the Kitty Cat 3 pattern, which is a hooded cape in two lengths, as a jumping-off place for the coat. The coat pattern is Jacknits Town and Country Coat but without the collar. I plan to make the hat from the pattern, as well, because I think it can be made to look like a Tyrolean hat. Just the sleeves to go. Here's how it looked yesterday.

 

 

The dolls did manage to rope me into doing some sewing for them. Now that I have a pajama pattern that fits the Götz Happy Kidz/Classic Kidz dolls, I've made one for Mandy.

 

 

The first pair of PJs fit Dolly, so now they can all be cozy.

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I cut out Capri-length leggings for Dolly and some full-length leggings for Vroni. I finally was able to get them sewn up. I'm trying to get done with the stretch fabric, so I can put my Kenmore zig-zag machine away, although I'm finding it useful for finishing off the seams items made from woven fabrics, too. I still had the batiks out for my niece to choose for lining, and picked one of the ones left over to make a top for Dolly.

 

 

The pattern is the slender version of the Tennis Dress from Joan Hinds' Best Doll Clothes Book, but with the short sleeves from Simplicity 1484

Then I used the same pattern, but altered the chest measurement and armholes to come up with this top for Vroni, with my puffed sleeve pattern for the sleeves.

 

 

 

Finally, I made a longer version for Mandy, for a dress to go with the hot pink leggings I made awhile back. This one has long sleeves.

 

 

I was ready for a nice pot of tea, when I found them plotting what they would convince me to make for them next.

 

 

I wonder if I need to open a college fund for each of them.

What's on my needles: Still Vroni's Tyrolean Coat.

What's on my Featherweight: Um…guess.

What's on my loom: Still waiting.

What's on my wheel: Stanzi is still awaiting her next task. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to Kill Me Again, by Rachel Abbott. I’m about halfway through Amy Corwin’s novel All She Loves on the Kindle app.

What's in my wine glass: Gato Negro Malbec, very nice.

What's my tip of the week: I have a neat little acrylic board with sandpaper next to an open area. The sandpaper section is great for drawing on fabric, for appliqué, etc. 

 

 

 

The open area and the back are great for applying glue to buttons, Velcro or fabric. The glue will wash out, and you can sew through it when you're using your machine. If the needle gets gunked up with glue after a while, you can either remove it to wash it off with water or clean it in place with a little rubbing alcohol. The acrylic board can be cleaned the same way, but I try not to get the sandpaper wet.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 9, 2017 at 1:36pm
That would work for me, Janet!
Comment by Janet/MO on October 9, 2017 at 12:33pm

I too enjoy reading your blog each Monday very much. As for the girls, I think after they all get successful modeling careers they need to set aside money every month to take care of you & your hubby in your old age!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 9, 2017 at 12:12pm
Thanks, Jan!
Comment by Jan on October 9, 2017 at 12:10pm
Just love reading about what the dolls are up to. First thing I check on Mondays. Glad they will be able to finance college! Love seeing what you and your quilting friends are up to also.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 9, 2017 at 9:37am
Sounds like a plan. Now I have to figure out if they need health insurance.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 9, 2017 at 9:30am

Peggy, I doubt the college funds will be necessary for the three girls.  With their on-line experience, they can all have early, successful modeling careers!  And from the fantastic salaries they will earn from that, when they reach college age, they will have fat accounts from which they can pay for college themselves!  What do you think? 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 9, 2017 at 9:17am

Carol, I have learned a lot from the designer I was test-sewing for (and will probably continue to do. As with quilting, there are a lot of tricks you can use. I'm finding it much less expensive to use my fabric stash this way. I have to pay someone with a long-arm to machine quilt my quilts, so I can only afford to do a couple a year. Next year, we will be moving, and I will have to move all my quilts. I'm thinking it's better to use up some fabric with items that are easier to give away.

Comment by Carol B of ET on October 9, 2017 at 9:00am

I don't see how you get all this done.  The planning, cutting sewing (knitting), etc. along with everyday life requirements.  The work you do astonishes me.  I am in awe.  Your work is beautiful.  I have trouble sewing toddler size items, I could not imagine anything smaller.

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