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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

Monday, 3 July 2017

Dressing up for Christmas

I am feeling very guilty about how long it has been since I was last here - I find it so hard to believe that I have not posted anything since 8 May, where does the time go?   Also, I must apologise if I have not visited your blog recently, I shall try to catch up soon.

However, I have not been taking it easy, I have, in fact, been wearing my little fingers out knitting.  I have several projects on the go at the moment and I have been working hard to get this one finished in time to share it with you throughout this month, my way of celebrating 'Christmas in July'!

Now, anyone who visits this space regularly will know that my nieces and nephews are all grown up and some even have families of their own.  I think that my sisters should be very proud of their children because they have all become wonderful, caring adults and I am so very fond of all of them.  One of my nieces has an adorable little boy who has now been at school a few years - and he is doing very well.  Last Christmas my niece put their decorations up whilst he was at school.  When he came home he became very excited when he spotted two little elf ornaments she has put out.  You see, the other children at his school had been talking about their 'elves on a shelf' and he assumed that these were them.  They were, in fact, just ordinary ornaments but my niece played along by organising their nightly adventures.

A few nights later my niece arranged the 'boy' elf so it appeared that he was eating some of their Christmas treats.  In the morning her son became very upset when he saw the elf being naughty, in fact, he burst into tears.  After that every time one of the elves misbehaved he became very upset and my niece quickly realised that she would not be able to pose their elves in any mischievous tableaux.  As you my know, these elves have a reputation for getting into mischief and my niece found it more and more difficult to think of poses for their elves which put them in a good light.

Early in the New Year I had a call from my niece, she wanted to know whether I could knit a few outfits for her elves.  It was her idea that the elves could be dressed differently each day, this would give them a different look.  I must admit that I found the idea of making 25 small dresses and 25 small jumpers more than a little daunting and I put the task off for a while, but at the end of April, I got out my patterns and started experimenting.

Two months later and here they are ..........


I was very keen to show you what I had been up to but I was worried that more than four dozen photos in one post was a little too much, even for me.  In that case, how should I set about this?  It was then that the idea of Christmas in July occurred to me.  My plan is to share a matching dress and sweater with you each day, most of the designs have a wintry theme, but not all and, therefore, I suspect that anyone who did not read this post first will find themselves wondering why in subsequent posts I keep referring to Christmas in July.

Oh, I did have one more problem, how was I display the clothes so you could see the details without having access to the elves?  My solution was to use a little ornamental manikin which I have, it is the right size .


You may be interested to know that I have used Julie Williams basic  'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns, some of the fair isle designs are by Julie Williams, others are by Suzymarie and, near the end, when I had run out of published winter themed patterns, there are even a couple designed by me!  

These patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series but the elves are slightly larger, so I made their clothes in double knit instead of the recommended 4 ply.  If you have not come across the Little Cotton Rabbits and their friends I would urge you to pop across to Ravelry and take a look, they are all so sweet.

Hopefully I shall be back tomorrow with the first of my 'creations.


Dionne



7 comments:

  1. Oh.My.Goodness!These have surpassed my expectations. I can't believe the details that I can see. Amazing on such small creations. Can't wait to see more. Oh and err..how do I place my order for 24 adult sized outfits😂😂😂x

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    1. Hi Lisette. I am so pleased you have found them. All week I have been trying to find a minute to write and tell you that I have started to post them.

      You may find the first few a bit plain but stick with me - I became more confident as time passed and I got a bit adventurous with my fair isle designs.

      Dionne xxx

      PS Lovely to see you back here.

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  2. Oh.My.Goodness!These have surpassed my expectations. I can't believe the details that I can see. Amazing on such small creations. Can't wait to see more. Oh and err..how do I place my order for 24 adult sized outfits😂😂😂x

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  3. Oh dear you don't do things by half do you-what a task -love the sneek peek of the black and white one in the corner with the sheep on
    Carol x

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    1. Thank you Carol. My niece can twist me around her little finger, but she was so very excited when I gave them to her, it made it all worthwhile.

      I am not posting in any particular order so I do not know when the sheep design will appear - look out for the heading ' Love Ewe Snow Much'.

      Dionne xx

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  4. Don't worry...I've been away from blogger too recently. It just hasn't been working properly on blogger so I gave up for a while haha. And I looked through your recent posts and you have such amazing work. I didn't get a chance to comment on each one but I enjoy all the posts. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi, I am sorry you are having blogger problems, it can spoil the crafting experience, so annoying. I hope you get it sorted out.

      Thank you so much for all of the comments you have left, I really appreciate that you have taken the time.

      Dionne xx

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