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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.


I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Santa's Little helper

Day 26, this is my last post for this particular project and here are the final outfits for my niece's Christmas elves to wear on Christmas Day, which was your favourite?

As with most of these elf clothes, I found a dress pattern on-line and then re-worked it to get the pattern for the jumper. The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for the basic jumper design. The original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.


The original patterns were written for 4 ply but, as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits, I have made mine in baby soft double knit and alpaka double knit.


Suzymarie has called this design 'Santa's Helper Dress', the instructions are available on Ravelry. It includes instructions for converting Julie Williams cloak into a Christmas cloak to match the dress.


I made similar changes to Julie Williams sweater pattern to get my Santa jumper with the belt and buckle.


On the back view of the jumper you can just make out the little button fastening.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of these Christmas outfits as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you.

Happy Christmas in July, enjoy what is left of it.


Dionne

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sitting on the Fence

Day twenty five of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  With just one more day to go we are getting close to the end of my little challenge and I wanted to thank you for sticking with me, it's been a long haul.


I trawled Pinterest and Ravelry looking for Christmas and winter knitting patterns I could use for this challenge but by this point I had used all of the designs I could find, so I had to come up with a design of my own.  I cheated a little and borrowed elements and ideas from one or two f the other patterns.  I have called my design 'Sitting on the Fence'.

As you will know by now, the original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.  The original patterns were written for 4 ply but, as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits, I have made mine in baby soft double knit.


Up close my robin looks a little deformed.  The beak is embroidered on and I added a little black bead to  for the eye.


As with most of these designs, once I had made the dress, I re-worked the chart to get the pattern for the jumper.  The dress pattern is by Julie Williams from her 'Seasonal Dresses' and  I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for the jumper.  



Dionne

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Running Reindeer

I'm back again. it's day 24 of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge, which is to share with you the dresses and jumpers I have knitted for my niece's little Christmas elves.

Today's outfits are based on one of  the patterns in the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern book. This design is called 'Running Reindeer'.


If you look closely you may just be able to make out the collars of tiny gold beads and a red jingle bell hanging around the neck of each of the reindeer. those tiny jingle bells actually ring!

I re-worked the dress chart and, using 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for the knitting pattern, I came up with the design for the jumper.


As regular visitors will know, the original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toy, but these are a little smaller than the Christmas elves I am making these clothes for, so I made these clothes in double knit instead of 4 ply.  The red yarn is alpaka double knit and the white is baby soft.



Dionne

PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Love Ewe Snow Much

I picked my laptop up from the computer shop Monday evening and I was so excited to have it back but nothing is every easy, is it?  In order to get rid of the problem my laptop has been reset to factory setting and before I can start using it I need to install all of the programmes I use.  It is not going well, I was at it all day yesterday, three attempts to load ITunes and I am still getting error messages.  I am constantly hampered by Microsoft updates but I cannot find the Windows 10 upgrade.  I have not even started on the discs I need to load.

However, back to the mission, it is day 23 of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the clothes I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  Just three more days to go.

As with most of these elf clothes, I found a dress pattern on-line and then re-worked it to  get the pattern for the jumper.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and I used the 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns. The original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.



The original patterns were written for 4 ply but as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits I have made mine in baby soft double knit and alpaka double knit.


Suzymarie has called this design 'I Love Ewe Snow Much'.  I think it is a very pretty design but I cannot help sniggering at the name of the design.


I used the dress pattern to come up with a chart for the jumper, however I decided to have just the two sheep on the jumper.



Dionne


PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas Flowers

I have another of the matching dress and jumper to show you, I made these to fit my niece's Christmas elves to share.  This is day twenty two, which means that I have now shown to you 21 of the 25 outfits, thank you so much for taking this journey with me.

The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern to make the jumper.


As those of you  who have been following these posts will already know, the original patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.  These patterns were written for 4 ply but, as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits, I have made mine in baby soft double knit.


Suzymarie has called this design 'Red Christmas Dress', you can find the chart on Ravelry.  I think the design is highly stylised Christmas flowers, poinsettias and possibly Christmas roses.  I have added a small gold bead to the centre of the poinsettias.  


When I re-worked Suzymarie's dress design to come up with the design for the jumper pattern I decided not to include the flowers on the back of the jumper.



Dionne


PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Hopping Robins

I'm back again with day 21 of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.


I know I keep saying this, but I do so for the benefit of anyone who has not read any of my previous posts .... where have you been, you have missed so much!  The original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.  The original patterns were written for 4 ply but, as the elves I have been knitting for are a little larger than the Little Cotton Rabbits, I have made mine in baby soft double knit.


On this occasion Julie Williams had done all of the hard work for me by charting both the dress and the jumper designs.  The dress came from Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' patterns, it is called ' Hopping Robins' and  the jumper came from her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns, it is called 'Robin Redbreast'.  These two pattern books are full of helpful tips and detailed descriptions of all the tricky stitches, idea for people like me ie the not very experienced knitter.


Although you cannot see it here, the DK white yarn has a metallic thread running through it.  I attached a tiny black bead for the robin's eye.



Dionne

PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dec' the Halls

Day twenty of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the 25 miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.

Today's matching pair come from one of  the patterns in the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern book. This design is called 'Little Waves', but I think it looks a lot like the paper chains we had when I was a girl.


I added some little coloured faux pearls to the design, these came from ebay.


I re-worked the dress chart and, using 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for the knitting pattern, I came up with the design for the jumper.


As regular visitors will know, the original patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toy but these are a little smaller than the Christmas elves I am making these clothes for, so I made these clothes in double knit instead of 4 ply.  The grey is alpaka double knit and the white is baby soft.



Dionne

PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.