spring fashions

These little gals greet me cheerily every time I enter my sewing room. And, they have so many clothes that I have to change them from season to season.

So here we go....All the sewn patterns are designed by Teresa Layman for the Vogue Doll Collection.

Little Patsy in her playsuit, Vogue pattern 7892. Such beautiful details, made with Italian cotton.

This little smocked tea dress is from Vogue pattern #7244 and is one of my favorites. It's hard to tell but there is a little embroidered sailboat on the collar.
The tennis set is from Plymouth Yarns booklet called Doll Wardrobe Part 2. Check out the tiny matching pink tennis shoes! I'm crazy over teeny tiny dolly shoes.
The chartreuse play set is from Beehive's Just For Dolls. It's now out of print, but I have seen it on Ebay. It has versatile clothes for Barbie and for larger dolls in 3 sizes, 14, 16 and 18".
Jacquay Yaxley is a genius in the doll knit world. Kirsten is wearing a special Easter dress from pamphlet #159. So fun to knit.
Another Jacquay Yaxley, this sweater set with skirt and hat is pamphlet #161, modeled by Daisy Doll.
I love her matching Uggs!
This fully lined spring cap and coat is also made from Italian cotton and lined with cotton sateen. Vogue pattern 7486.

Mother's doll in a feather and fan lace pattern dress knit in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
It's so fun and fast to create a little wardrobe for little dollies!

We'll visit the girls again this summer and check out what they're wearing.

Bye for now!

(Edited to add, yes, these were all made by moi!)


Months ago in my side yard I planted a large bag of daffodil bulbs from Costco. It's been raining a lot here and I haven't ventured over to that side of the garden for a few weeks. This morning is sunny so I took a stroll, mainly to see what work is ahead of me, I turned the corner and gasped at all the daffodils in bloom!

The way-cute set of 5 bulb candles is from Cover Story.

I hope your week is sunny and sweet!

Carmel-By-The-Sea and big artichokes

One of the nicest things about having more leisure time is when you wake up you can say something like, "Let's have lunch in Carmel today!" I love saying that.

After puttering the morning away, we leave at five minutes to noon and are parking the car at 1:10. An hour and fifteen minutes to drive to Carmel!!! It's true that the little red Corvette was zipping along maybe a little too zippy for it's own safety, but the co-pilot was knitting and chatting and not really paying too much attention to the safety detail.

To get to Carmel from our home we drive through a mountain pass, then head south on the Pacific Coast Highway. Once you enter Monterey County you enter artichoke country. On the right of the highway is the beautiful pacific and to the left are fields of the crazy looking artichoke plant.

Carmel was beautiful and after dutifully reporting in at the candy store,

we have lunch,
peek into some shops,
explore tiny pathways,
admire flowers,

walk to the beach,
and finally we gush over adorable cottages before we head on home.
But not until we stop at the artichoke stand.
I grew up eating artichokes for lunch. I remember walking home from school to watch my favorite soap opera and eating an artichoke served up on a TV tray. (Thanks mom for that nice memory!) No butter, no lemon, no salt, just a boiled artichoke, such is the palate of a 10 year old.
But now I'll stuff them with any manner of things. Usually I just make a stuffing mixture of what I have on hand, always bread crumbs and cheese, sometimes chopped olives and red peppers, whatever is on hand. This is what happened last night!

Prepare 3 large globe artichokes by cutting off bottom stem and 1/2" of the top. Snip the pointy tops off leaves and rub lemon half over all cut surfaces. Remove the inner purple leaves and dig out the fuzzy choke below them. The heart lies just below that. Douse with lemon juice.

In 2 Tbls. olive oil crumble and brown 8 oz. very lean sausage
1 lg. celery rib
, chopped fine
1/2 small onion, chopped fine

1 C. bread crumbs
1 C. shaved Parmesan cheese

1 chopped tomato
1/2 C. chopped Italian parsley
2 Tbls. olive oil

Mix it all together and stuff center cavity and each leaf. Put in a heavy pot on a vegetable steamer and 1 inch water. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until done, heart will be soft when pierced with a sharp knife. I finish it at the end with a quick run under the broiler for a bit of toasty color.

These were sooooo good!
On the knitting side of life, lots of things are happening. Yesterday I finished Tiny Tea Leaves for Easter for my 10 year old granddaughter and also a sweet little baby cardigan and cap. Pictures soon. Last night I started my new project, a test knit for the talented BabyCocktails. It's a summer sweater with boat neck and 3/4 sleeves that I will knit with the fabulous Rowan All Season's Cotton. I'm also about half through Emilien for my son.

Thank you for visiting me today and taking a little break from the tragic world events. My heart is breaking for Japan.

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pretty sweater pretty day and a recipe

I made another Effortless Cardi, because I loved making and wearing my first one, and because I wanted a white casual sweater. And I had the yarn in my stash. As if I needed a reason to knit up somethin'!

So this is the pretty sweater.
(More info on my Ravelry page.)
And this is the pretty day.And now for the recipe.GOUGERE

Heat to boiling:
1 C milk
8 Tbls. butter
1 t. salt
1 Tbls. prepared Dijon mustard
Turn off heat and dump in all at once:
1 C flour
Stir until mixture pulls away from pan. This is basic choux pastry. Let rest for 5 minutes then put into food processor. Add 4 room temperature eggs, one at a time, process for 15 seconds in between.
Stir in:
2 C grated cheese, mixture of Gruyere and Parmesan is traditional.
Dollop mixture into a ring shape onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1/2 hour or until nicely browned. Serves 6-8 for first course or lunch. The one pictured above was one and a half recipes. Also, I beat one egg and paint the top before baking.

I serve this ALL THE TIME and never fails to get raves. It nearly explodes in the oven with puffy yummyness and Parmesan aromas.

Just writing about it makes me pretty hungry right now!

Sending prayers to Japan.

Celery Cardigan

Another lovely Veera design, Celery Cardigan in Malabrigo Sock. Seems I have a little crush on Veera, I have made two of her designs this year already and have a few more in my queue.

This pattern moves along pretty quickly, knit top down in one piece. It is wool, but very light as it is knit in a looser gauge than is meant for this yarn. I think it will be a great warm weather cardi and will put it away until summer. I am cold with the very slightest movement of air, most especially with AC, so most summer days I am in a light cardi like this. I made a few mods which I have noted here on my Ravelry page.

It has a pretty neck detail. Nice shaping and hooks and eyes are cute.

The front edges have a rippled flair. The border is created using short rows.
Malabrigo Sock is a dreamy soft wool that I would mummify myself in if I could. It has it's issues with inconsistent colors, each one of my 3 skeins was very different so I had to alternate rows with 2 skeins at a time, which stinks, but that is the only wrinkle in the almighty Malabrigo Sock.

This color is Playa and has the look of granite and matches my Channel Black Pearl to a "t".
Bloggers have been writing about what's on their DVR and I have a really good one on mine. I had never seen Vatel, but recorded it and watched it while other (talky) folks were in the room and a complicated knit was on my needles. Mistake. I have saved it for a quiet day and garter stitch. The food scenes, prep and dining. were so crazy, you have to see this movie to understand what I mean! I can't wait to watch it again but this give it the attention it deserves!

PS: Sweater #6 for 2011.