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Mighty

Merry Christmas!

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Although acorns are really better for fall. Unless you like rustic – oohooh or use shiny gold yarn! Or make them as cat toys – just add a little catnip to the stuffing. Or embroider little stuff on the nut part. Or make them really tiny (and variegated) with sock yarn. Or make a REALLY BIG ONE and use it as a throw pillow. I’m totally going to do that for my sister! Nobody tell her.

You can make one in about an hour. I hope someone makes a garland.

Mermaid Yarn (thought process)

I’m going to ramble about yarn. Brace yourself.

I’ve ordered the tail yarn for the mermaid for the pattern example. Berroco Espresso – this time I got Pistachio. I’m waiting to see it in person before I order the rest of the yarn for her top, skin, and hair. Espresso is a 50/50 cotton/acrylic. This violates my “earth-healthy yarn” code. I’m using it anyway because it is a) perfect and b) novelty yarns are typically a compromise. While a hand-dyed wool would work beautifully, I’m trying to find readily available yarns for the Mermaid. She’s such a mix of yarn types, I don’t want people struggling to make her ‘look like the picture’ because they can’t get ahold of the yarn I used.

Her skin color is problematic. Once you factor in a less popular yarn weight (chunky) and my earth-healthy preferences for fiber…there’s not a lot left. I’d like a smooth organic cotton (not a fluffy one like I use for animals). It would be nice if I recommended a yarn that didn’t need doubling and one that is relatively easy to find (not a custom yarn from Etsy). Finding skin tones is just tricky anyway. Everything is dyed in beautiful, bright, clear colors right now. There are very few browns, tans, neutrals, or whatever the pale shades are called (haha ‘ecru’) available right now. I may end up with Pakucho held double. I’ve ordered a sample card so I can see it in person. Pakucho is color grown cotton which means lots of cinnamon, olive, and tans. Unfortunately no dark browns, but I’ll keep looking. I have to use a lighter yarn for the pattern example so that the stitches show up in the pictures, but people come in all kinds of colors! A doubled worsted does give people more options to fine turn their mermaid’s pigment so this might actually be better than a chunky that’s only available in a couple colors.

Are you following my thought process? All that to say, I will go with doubled, non-organic cotton yarn if one has a variety of ‘neutral’ shades. If anybody has a suggestion? I’ll include other recommendations in the pattern notes no matter what I actually knit her with.

P.S. Ruth has pointed out a couple South African yarns that look great but don’t have retailers in the US yet: Nurturing Fibre and Vinni’s Colours. I don’t mind international shipping, but neither of the companies has color cards with the yarns actually attached. It’s a big gamble to take if you’re trying to match colors, so I’m not ordering for the Mermaid I’ll keep you posted (Nurturing Fiber is first on my list: bamboo/cotton chunky).

Yay!

She can sit on her own!  Even with all that hair.

She can sit on her own! Even with all that hair.

I am really happy with how she turned out!

I am really happy with how she turned out!

Her wig is knotted on through her scalp (like blanket fringe) and then tacked around the bottom of her head. It worked great. This one’s hair has three different yarns since I was using scraps, but I’ll find something for the pattern example that will help me get a more accurate idea of yards needed. I’ve also got to locate a line with skin tones (I’m thinking EcoButterfly but it’s floofy so I’m on the fence). What I used for this one (KnitPicks Simply Cotton in Ginger, doubled) has been discontinued. But I looooove her tail (I’m so glad I though about that little picot edging, it’s a great detail) and will use it for the pattern. That one comes in other colors so I’m trying to decide which way to go for he pattern example’s tail.

Two Arms to Hold You

I finished her arm! And then I started messing around with her hair! And THEN I thought, “Argh I forgot to take a picture!” So I took one:

From my phone.  Yes, that is a bird's nest on the table behind her.

From my phone. I wasn’t paying attention to my background, but I probably should have been.

I’m trying something different with her hair than I did with the Girl’s hair. So far it’s not too heavy.

Progress

Not a lot of Mermaid progress – but I did convince Ellie to let me pull out her (the mermaid’s) body and make a couple changes – smaller bottom for starters.

I really like the tail yarn (even thought it's splitty).

I really like the tail yarn (even though it likes to split).

The school room is almost finished. All I’m really waiting on is the Cat Tree. I’m sure cat furniture is on at least one of the “Top 10 Things Your Homeschool MUST Have” lists. Did I tell you the Grade 2 Curriculum came? More about that later.

I’m planning a little “Good-bye, Summer” party for the Girl Scouts next week. I’m at the craft picking stage. That’s my favorite part.

What kind of progress have y’all made this week?

What F is For

With all the lightning strikes (followed by internet and power outages) and water spills lately, I’ve not had a chance to show y’all what I’m working on.

Here's looking at you!

Here’s looking at you!

A little bit more of a traditional doll head this time – the Girl’s noggin and this one are interchangeable in case anyone likes one or the other better.

I woke up around 2:30am and might have gone back to sleep, but when Ellie woke up at 3:00 (her friends had fallen out of bed and needed to be rescued) all hope was gone. Lying around awake in the wee hours gave me time to think. Thinking gave me a better idea for the bottom half of this doll and I so I’ve pulled out what I started and I’m giving it another go. I’ve got some changes that I want to make to her top half too – but Ellie got upset when I suggested pulling it out so I’ll just have to wait for the next one.

Want to guess what “F” is for?