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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

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Holly Berries

I think this is day seventeen of my personal Christmas in July challenge to share with you the matching outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves .......... to be honest I am starting to loose count of the days.

For all of my elf clothes in this challenge I have used Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' for the basic pattern for my designs. These patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series but my niece's elves are slightly larger, so I made them in double knit rather than 4 ply.


Julie gives all of her designs a name and this dress pattern is called 'Red berries', I think it looks an awful lot like holly.


Before I started this project I had limited experience of Fair Isle knitting but I am getting a little better every day now.  However, I found this pattern particularly difficult with all of the colour changes.


As before, after making the dress I re-worked the dress pattern to get the stitch chart for 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.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Nordic Snowflake # 3

Day sixteen and I am still here, I think it feels like I have been writing these posts a lot longer because I am having to borrow my husband's ancient laptop whilst mine is in the workshop.  I had a call from the computer shop yesterday, it is going to be at least another week before I get my laptop back as, in addition to fixing the driver problem, I need a new 'B' and they are having to order a new keyboard from Dell.

Here is another of the matching dress and jumper sets I have been knitting for my niece, they are for her boy and girl Christmas elves.  Her little boy thinks these elves are 'Elves on the Shelf', they aren't but my niece does not want to spoil their little season game.  However, he gets upset if she sets up their elves to be naughty, therefore I have made them a different outfit for every day and my niece is busy making props for their tableaux.


Today's design is by JulieWilliams but they did not start out as a dress or jumper.  I have adapted these Nordic Snowflakes from a tiny Christmas stocking pattern.  The dress pattern is taken from Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and and, for the jumper, I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern.


As you will know by now, 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.


It is quite a simple process to convert the snowflake chart to fit the dress and then to rework it for the jumper.  It think it helps that the charts are very similar to cross stitch charts and in the dim and distant past I use to design my own birth samplers.



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, 18 July 2017

Morning Robin

Day Fifteen of  my personal challenge to make 25 dresses and jumpers to fit my niece's Christmas elves.

The motif of today's matching pair of designs is something of a favourite of my husbands, he loves robins, especially at Christmas. The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern for the jumper.


The dress does not really gather in at the bottom, it just looks that way in these photographs because my manikin has a net skirt which cannot be removed and it has pushed out the upper parts of the dress - distorting the shape.


As you will know by now, 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 name of this design is 'Morning Robin'.   If you look closely you will see that I have added a little black bead for the eye of the robins.




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, 17 July 2017

I Love Santa

I'm back again with day fourteen of my personal 'Christmas in July' challenge to share with you the miniature outfits I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  This is the thirteenth of the 25 outfits I have made for her, so we are halfway there.


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.


For once Julie Williams had done all of the hard work for me.  The dress came from Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' patterns, it is called ' Hearts and Crosses' and  the jumper came from her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns, it is called 'Love Heart'.  These two pattern books are full of helpful tips and detailed descriptions of all the tricky stitches, ideal for the not very experienced knitter.


I added the lettering once the sweater was finished, it was a little fiddly because the 'canvass' is so small and the holes pull the stitches off centre.




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, 16 July 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

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

Today's matching pair come from one of  Julie Williams 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns. This design is called 'Oh Christmas Tree'.  I think this is so cute.


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


As you will know by now, 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.


 I reworked the chart to come up with the design for the dress and I again attached the little coloured faux pearls they are a lot more lustrous than they appear in the photographs.  The dress pattern is from Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern.




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.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Little Red Tulips

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

Today's matching outfits are based on a design I saw on Pinterest and I have spent the past hour trying to find it again without any luck.  However, I have all of the details on my laptop, which of course I cannot access these at the moment, but it went into the shop yesterday, and once it is fixed I will edit this post.


I cannot remember the designers name but I do remember that she called this pattern 'Little Red Tulips' and her chart is available from Ravelry.


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.


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 based Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and  I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns for 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.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Nordic Snowflake # 2

Are you ready for the weekend?  Friday already, I really do not know where this week has gone.

I have more of the matching dresses and jumpers I recently made to fit my niece's Christmas elves.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern.


As you will know by now, 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.  Suzymarie's design was for the dress but I reworked the chart to come up with one for the sweater.


Suzymarie has called this design 'Nordic'.  However, in my quest to make as many of these outfits with a Christmas/winter look I have come up with several different Nordic snowflake designs, so to avoid confusion I have called this one Nordic Snowflake # 2. 


On this occasion I have not repeated the snowflake design on the back of the sweater.  If you look carefully you may just make out the tiny button at the neck fastening.


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.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Watermelon

Day ten already with my personal challenge to make 25 dresses and jumpers to fit my niece's Christmas elves.

I have another pair of matched designs today.  I know it is not a Christmas, or even a winter design but I could not resist.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern and and I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' pattern.   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 and alpaka double knit.


Suzymarie has called this design 'Watermelon'.  The little black stitches are meant to represent the watermelon pips, they have a nasty habit of disappearing into the main colour and with hindsight I wonder whether I should have tried embroidering them on with 'Swiss Darning'. I have only ever tried doing this once before and I was not very good at it. 


As before, after making the dress I re-worked the dress pattern to get the stitch chart for 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.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Snowfall

 Day nine and I am still having to borrow my husband's laptop to share my miniature Christmas outfits with you, I hope all the frustration is worth it.

Before you scroll down and look at the photos I need to apologise for the clarity of the images.  I have used a very pale grey to represent the snow filled sky and it hard to make out the white snowflakes against it.  I have tried to artificially increase the contrast but it has not helped much.


I have another pair of matching designs today.  After making the dress I re-worked the pattern chart to get the design for the jumper.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and  I used her 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns. 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.


Suzymarie has called this design 'Snowfall'.  



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, 11 July 2017

Cherry Pie

I back with another 'matched pair' of designs for a dress and jumper to fit my niece's Christmas elves, I have lost count of which day this is, I think it is 8.

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 'Cherry Pie'.  I think this a a great design for a cherry pie with the cherries and the lattice pie crust.


I think the conversion of this dress chart into a jumper pattern worked well.



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, 10 July 2017

Nordic Snowflake # 1

Day 7 of my challenge to share with you the clothes I have made for my niece's Christmas elves.


This is another pair of winter designs, this time the jumper pattern came first.  I purchased a set of 'Elf on the Shelf' knitting patterns from Ravelry - 'Sweaters for Santa's Elf Helper' by Helen Cox.


If you have been looking at my previous posts you will have noticed that this sweater is a slightly smaller design with a much tighter neckline and narrower sleeves.



I used the Nordic snowflake from the sweater pattern to create the dress design, for the pattern I used the basic dress pattern from the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses'  patterns. 



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, 9 July 2017

First Flurries

My plans to post a Christmas elf outfit everyday during July have rapidly gone awry.  The observant ones amongst you would have spotted that I missed yesterday.  That was because my laptop packed up on me Friday evening.  I spent ages yesterday trying to get it going again but nothing doing.  I have borrowed my husbands old machine today to write this post but it is soooooo slow and terrible frustrating, I do not know how he puts up with it.  Still, I should not grumble, at least it works!

I have another 'matched pair' of designs today.  After making the dress I re-worked the pattern to get the pattern for the jumper.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and '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.


Suzymarie has called this design 'First Flurries'.  As you can see, I have picked out the points of the snowflakes on the jumper with little silver seed beads.


I hope I can continue to post using my husband's steam powered laptop, but bear with me if something else goes wrong.


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.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Winter Woods

I am back with day five of my Christmas in July Elf Challenge. (If you did not see my post on Monday you may find it helpful to check it out so you will know what I am am talking about.)

Today sees the first of my paired winter designs, where I have matched the design on the dress by re-working the design to fit the jumper pattern.  I really loved this design, it is a variation by Suzymarie, of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns. The pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys but my nieces elves are slightly larger, so I made them in Double Knit rather than 4 ply. 


I think the little stylised fur trees are just adorable, although some of those snowflakes are a little of the large size.


I mixed and matched my yarns, the white is a baby soft DK, whilst the yellow and green are from my alpaka DK stash.


When my friend gave me this manikin for Christmas a few years ago I bet she never thought it would be used like this.


Just like Julie, Suzymarie gives all of her designs a name and this dress pattern is called 'Winter Woods'.

I hope you have enjoyed my posts this week, I will be back with more soon. Have a great weekend.


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.