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Virginia saw the completion of her own Colonial dress and apron.  I used the same Magic Cabin doll clothes patterns that I always use.  They are so adaptable.  I made up the apron, using the same techniques found in the pattern for Willow's dress.  The bonnet is still a puzzle to me, but that will work out in time.  In the meantime, I've gotten a request for her to have her own detective's clothes.

Wee Colonial Dress

The yarn that won't be used has now changed directions, once more, to become the Martinmas Sweater (I hope!).  I started four months before Martinmas, so the odds are in my favor, right?  I'm really liking that the pattern is carefully written and goes row by row.  That is so helpful in these days of distracted knitting.

Martinmas Sweater

I like orojects that mostly go on auto-pilot, like the Green Friend to go with the Gold Friend.
He looks like such a sweet fellow.  They are from The Gnome Craft Book.

Green and Gold Friends

And here are some garden creations: peas, cucumbers, and one purple carrot.
As you can see, I like my cucumbers quite small.  The carrot came up with the peas.
It is kind of nice to be putting some plants to bed for the season, like the peas and broccoli.

Peas, Cucumbers and a Carrot

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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 13th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
I love all of your projects! The doll dress is truly adorable. I still haven't mastered doll shoes or socks - what pattern did you use? I have plans to make that sweater for Martinmas! I have garden envy, seeing your bounty. I think our garden is suffering from heat stress - things don't want to grow very much, except for the squash. Green Friend is very cute. Now Gold Friend will have someone to talk to. :) - Stacey
Jul. 14th, 2016 10:48 am (UTC)
My friend Tanya made those shoes--they are Sartje's booties. I made a crochet pair and just made them up as a went along. The booties are much nicer. I had a made a pair of them for Laurel, but they were too big for Virginia.

I had many dismal garden years (and the deer!), so it is nice to be able to have these good fresh things. :-)
Jul. 13th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
I recognize those booties!

I love Virginia's dress, and love how she and Willow match. I'm also a big fan of "mindless" knitting projects these days, lots and lots of garter or stockinette or something easy. I love me a complicated chart, but have such limited time of clear-headedness and no interruptions that working those entails.
Jul. 14th, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)
I thought you would! Virginia has really enjoyed them. I figure I will save the complicated knitting for when I am a grandmother. ;-)
Jul. 13th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
The pattern author and I have been internetty friends for years and years. In fact, I think she put up a prayer request on her blog when I was in labor with James, who is almost seven. But I have yet to make that sweater. I would love to, though! Can't wait to see yours!

I was a giant gardening failure this year. I have mostly overflowing garden boxes of volunteer nasturtiums.
Jul. 14th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
I hope I have enough yarn! The original use for the yarn made sense for it to have multiple colors, but I'm a little afraid of this new direction.

Gardening has its seasons. Only this year have I really felt the fog lift enough to stay on task with it. You could use those nasturtiums to make your own "capers." ;-)
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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