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The Dolly Does Dinner outfit for Dolly is coming along. Here it is, dress knitting done:


The pattern is “Party Dress for 18” Doll” by Una Hendry. I’m using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in “Blue Yonder.” I plan to do some embellishments with beads, and of course, the outfit has a little bolero jacket, so watch this space for the completed outfit as it develops. (Dolly lives with me, but all of the clothes I finished before Christmas went to Miss Daphne in Wisconsin, so I had to make something for Dolly, so I wouldn't have a nekkid doll sitting around the house.)


The early part of our week brought more snow than we knew what to do with. I snapped this photo of the plow going by just before 6:00 AM on Tuesday.


By Sunday it had turned "cold," with temps in Park City at well below zero Fahrenheit, and at hour house hovering just above zero. Guess the snow will stick around for a while.

We shared an early Christmas on Tuesday with Daphne and Zachary, and their parents by way of FaceTime. I was able to get some nice screen shots. while they unwrapped their presents.


The doll and all the clothes were a big hit, as were the other presents. Daphne named her doll “Daphne Jr.” Both children had to pick which toys they would take with them to Texas to visit the other grandparents. Daphne Jr. made the cut. Here she is resting in a motel in Blackwell, Oklahoma, about halfway from their home in Wisconsin to their Texas destination. (Clearly, Daphne Jr. needs a bathrobe. She had to use her jacket.)



Christmas Eve was lovely. I sang in the choir at the later two services, and DGD1 sang at the last service with us after DH picked her up at work. We all had a nice dinner between the services with all the people who sang in the choir. We actually had about 14 people, although only our music director and the three sopranos show up here.

We had a nice visit with DH’s brother, who brought a friend of his who didn’t have a place to go for Christmas. DGD1 invited a friend whose family is a long way away in Arkansas.

We had mostly Finnish food, which is a family tradition. The main dish was Lohipiirakka (salmon pie) with Lanttulaatikko (rutabaga casserole) as a side dish. We had homemade garlic bread, roasted vegetables and salad. A guest brought a home-baked apple pie. I had cooked most of the food ahead of time, and only had to roast the vegetables (already cut up), bake the bread and make the salad on Christmas day. Usually DH helps me by vacuuming, but he was tied up with snow removal for a good part of the day.

The pups had a good day. They each got a toy that was a hollow tree with three little squirrels, advertised as hours of fun removing the squirrels. Ha! It may have been hours of fun chewing up the tree, but he squirrels met a quick demise, fortunately before I vacuumed for company. Sunny ended up with six squirrels, and Rocky had to settle for his tree. Later, a stick of butter disappeared from the table without even disturbing the dish it was on or the tablecloth. That had to be Rocky, as he needed to go out a little later, apparently to give back his lunch.


My Christmas haul included enough caffeine to last me well into the new year (imported coffee and tea), Cinderella on Blu-ray, half of a pedometer (from the pups, to share with "Daddy"), real pearl earrings from National Geographic and my very own selfie stick.


The next day was my birthday, which began with breakfast at No Worries and ended with a viewing of Cinderella, which contains some good advice: "Have courage and be kind."


The holidays included either Skype or FaceTime with all three of our children and all the grandkids except the oldest, and we got to enjoy her in person.


Update on DDIL1: She’s doing well. Recovering from major surgery like this isn’t easy, but she’s getting well, and soon she will be back to quilting.


I wish you all a very happy 2016! Watch out for snow falling off the roof.


What's on my needles:  Still the Trickle Socks and the “Dolly Does Dinner” outfit for Dolly, working on the bolero jacket.

What's on my Featherweight: Still waiting on the last two blocks of the Kaleidoscope Quilt.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still reading The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer on the Nook app. I haven’t started a new audiobook yet.

What's in my wine glass: Corbett Canyon Chardonnay, not my favorite variety, but I find this a good one, and I enjoy Chardonnay more when I don’t have it so often.

What's my tip of the week: Start your Christmas gifts early in the year. Don’t put it off until December.


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 January 8, 2016 at 6:00pm
Sandy, what a great story! "Dolly Does Dinner" is the name of my project. I used Una Hendry's "Party Dress for 18" Doll, found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/party-dress-for-18-dolls
It was a fun knit.
Comment by Sandy Larkey on January 8, 2016 at 10:10am

Love the doll dress.  However, I'm wondering if "Dolly Does Dinner" is just a special pattern, or if there is a "dinner party" event she's going to.  A couple of years ago I made my husband's great-niece a cloth doll from a vintage McCall's pattern called "A Victorian Treasure".  The doll was about 20 inches tall, plus or minus--maybe a lot of plus.  She also had three dress patterns, a nightie, underclothes (teddy and bloomers) and a hooded coat, shoes and/or slippers for all the clothing, plus boots and ice skates to go with the coat.  Recently, the local county historical society hosted an event called "Dolly And Me Tea"  Anna chose to take the doll I made for her, rather than one of her American Girl dolls.  You better believe I was proud! 

My last dog, now deceased, had this thing for stuffed toys; his favorites were the ones almost as big as he was; he was a black lab cross--I always told everyone, "black lab crossed with Sasquatch", i.e. he was BIG.  When he was younger, he'd chew them up, and I wound up picking toy "guts" out of the yard nearly every day.  But in his later years, he just carried them around.  Every night before bed, it was "toy patrol" time--to go out and retrieve all the toys and bring them in the house.  He never had anything like those squirrels--he would have deconstructed the tree stump to get the squirrels out.  I still miss him. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on December 31, 2015 at 12:42pm

Happy New Year ( a little early)! Dolly in clothes is lovely and warmer than hanging around the house all nekkid! I loved the mystery of the missing butter.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 30, 2015 at 12:06pm

Happy New Year to you, too, Joan! Good thing we quilters can use bits and pieces.

Comment by Joan on December 30, 2015 at 11:36am

Amen to the tip of the week!  Tried to buy fabrics on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Week, just got the ravaged bits of what was still in stock this week.  I mean ravaged bits because one piece of yardage was cut up in three separate pieces.  Most everything else was suddenly "not available", yet after receiving my order I checked back online and the fabrics were miraculously back in stock.  Not just one company either.  I had orders with three different businesses and every one pulled multiple items off my order.  

Love the Dollie Does Dinner dress and doggie escapades.  Have a Happy New Year!   

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 29, 2015 at 11:34am
LOL! Guess your setter had a dry cough!
Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on December 29, 2015 at 10:43am

Dolly does dinner is gorgeous! and she looks much better than when she was nekkid!
My eight year old setter has discovered for the very first time that he can counter surf! He managed to polish off a large portion of freshly baked shortbread this year - I didn't discover him in the kitchen until he 'coughed' from the dry crumbs! He didn't even manage to look slightly embarrassed!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 29, 2015 at 8:38am
Heavy canvass holds up best. My pups don't eat the toys, either. They just disembowel them, leaving the guts on the floor for housekeeping to deal with. The pelts May last for years. They are kept as trophies, and occasionally get chewed a bit. Poodles have very strong jaws, but they're capable of great gentleness after their prey is dispatched.
Comment by Roxann on December 29, 2015 at 7:04am

So happy to hear Daphne Jr was such a hit! Your holiday sounded busy but beautiful! I always have to stand in the pup toy isle for a good 15 minutes pulling and tugging to see if it will last at least one day. Most times they aren't even interested in the new toy, Sadie (coonhound) would much rather play with sticks. She doesn't eat them she just makes fresh mulch of them. And my Pom wants NOTHING but his tennis ball. He has his special one and no other ball will do. You could put him in a room with one thousand tennis balls and he will find HIS. Not fun when his gets misplaced or worn out. It takes him days of depression before he will finally give into a new one. 

Wishing you a Blessed New Year! 

Comment by Barb/WI on December 28, 2015 at 5:12pm

Dolly's dress is beautiful!  Your Christmas sounds so nice.  Your tip of the week is spot-on!

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