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These are the dolls I have been working on recently and it has been so much fun! The three baby dolls are for sale in my shop right now, come on by and check them out!

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 I just had to share this beauty with you! I am loving what a few cobalt bud vases can do for a sill!

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Love This…

love this dress.

love this ring.

love this pillow.

Love this wall art.

love this teapot.

love this platter.

love this blanket.

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Baby Stocking Pattern

Materials:

1 skein sock weight yarn(I doubled up my yarn for a extra warm sock!)

1 set(4) 2mm double-pointed needles

Cast on 48 stitches and divide equally onto 3 needles(16 stitches on each)

Knit in the round.

1×1 rib stitch for the first 8 rows

First decrease:

Row 9: *knit 2 together, knit to the end of the needle, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the needle, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row*

Rows 10-16: Stockinette stitch

Row 17: *Decrease row*

Rows 18-24: Stockinette stitch

Row 25: *Decrease row*

Row 26-32: Stockinette stitch

Row 33:*Decrease row*

(at this point you should have 12 stitches on each needle)

Row 34-40: Stockinette stitch

Row 41: *Decrease row*

Row 42-48: Stockinette stitch

Row 49:*Decrease row*

Row 50-56: Stockinette stitch

Row 57: *Decrease row*

Row 58-64: Stockinette stitch

Row 65: Knit 2 together and knit to the end of the row

(now here is where it gets a little complicated)

At this point you should have a total of 26 stitches, and you will split them in half on 2 needles(13 on each). I did it so that one of the decrease lines came right down the center of the heel.

Heel:

wrong side: Purl

right side: Slip one, Knit one, slip one, knit one…..all the way

wrong side: purl

repeat the last 3 steps 3 times, until you have a heel flap that is about 1.5 inches. This will give you a almost ribbed look which will make for a really durable heel.

Now to turn the heel:

right side: slip one, knit to the center, knit one, slip one, knit one and now pass the slipped stitch over the one you just knitted to make a decrease, knit one more and now turn your work around to the wrong side.

wrong side: slip one, purl to the center, purl one, purl 2 together, purl one and turn your work again.

right side: slip one, knit to just before your last decrease, slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over the one you just knitted, and knit one more. turn your work.

(what you are doing here is making the little cup that the heel rests in, it seems weird but it will turn out ok)

keep decreasing each side over the gap that is created by the last decrease and you will get to the edge of the flap on both sides, your last rows should have you decreasing the last two stitches on each side, creating a little curved cup.

Now you will pick up the the stitches on the sides of the heel.

you will knit to the end of the heel flap and then keep knitting up the side of the flap picking up 6 sts as you go, then you will knit across the top of the sock and back down the other side of the heel flap picking up 6 more sts.  Now you can divide the heel stitches onto 2 needles. like so…

Heel Shaping:

starting at the bottom of the heel

knit to 3 sts before the end of the first needle, K2tog, knit one

knit across the instep

knit one, slip one, knit one and pass the slipped one over the knit one knit to the end of the needle.

now do a plain round without any decreases.

repeat these steps until you have done 4 decrease rounds, leaving 24 sts total.

Foot:

Knit in the round until the foot is about 2 inches long, or if you have the little foot present until it comes to the base of the big toe.

Toe Decrease:

knit to 3 sts before the end of the first needle, k2tog, k1, k1, s1,k1, psso, knit to 3sts before the end of the top of the sock k2tog, k1, k1, s1, k1, psso knit to the end of the row

knit a plain row(so as not to decrease too fast

another decrease row

another plain row

one more decrease then you will knit to the side of the sock and slip the sts onto 2 needles evenly

kitchener stitch the two side together and you have yourself a sock! Here is a tutorial for kitchener in case you are not sure how to do it.

…phew!

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Winter Socks for Cedar

So I have been wanting to make socks for a while and I figured, what better way to start than with little bitty baby socks! I have made only one so far so I cannot say I am there yet,but with one down the next somehow seems like it will be a breeze! I really wanted to make her knee socks considering most baby socks sit somewhere around the ankle and they are ALWAYS slipping off, no matter my how I try. These will sit just below her knee and with tights under them will keep her toes and feet toasty warm when the temperatures drop below freezing. They are made with a supple baby llama sockweight yarn on 2mm double pointed needles.I will try to put together the pattern for these in the next few days. They look kind of weird off of her foot but are totally adorable on.

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Stella Pixie Hat!

I made this hat from a little more that one skein of beautiful silk/merino blend yarn.  It is a fast project coming together in just one day! I have gotten more compliments on this hat than any other knit project I have done for her. Not to mention that it can be next to impossible to get a hat to stay on the head of a baby, but the chin strap really does the trick.  You can even push the hat off her head while leaving the strap buttoned just like a hood.It is remarkably easy to make and is SO very cute on that I must recommend this hat for anyone wanting to make a sweet gift for a little one. You can find the pattern for free here.  I used bulkier yarn than they called for so I reduced my initial number of stitches to 86, I would recommend doing a gauge check before diving into it. It can be pretty complicated trying to knit with such an active little munchkin around, but I somehow find the time to actually finish projects now and then. I have been loving my new found access to the ravelry network what a wonderful place!

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Thanksgiving and Pies

This thanksgiving was on the of the few I have spent away from my big, loving and somewhat noisy(in a good way) family. I woke up with a mission, to make 3 pies and one large batch of mashed potatoes, I had already made the cranberry relish and sauce the night before. Pies have always been a daunting task for me, between the risky business of getting the crust just so, and the inevitable “is this going to turn out ok?” jitters.Apple PieWell I certainly stressed myself out for no reason, the pies were a hit and the crusts did not burn or turn into chewy rubber like substances ….phew!  Mama's Fabulous Apple Pie

We ended up having such a lovely dinner with our friends down the street who have a daughter Cedar’s age. It was so great seeing those two play for the afternoon discovering all of the wonderful toys as well as all the things we would rather they didn’t discover(i.e. muddy shoes, books on the shelves and so on).

Speaking of Cedar! She has learned so much in the last couple months it is amazing. She is very close to walking and she is doing the squat to get up to standing thing which is just so very cute!

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