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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, 22 July 2017

Snowflakes

Day nineteen of my personal Christmas in July challenge to share with you the matching dresses and jumpers I have been knitting for my niece' Christmas elves.

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.


I have mentioned in my earlier posts that Julie gives all of her designs a name and this dress pattern is called 'Falling Snowflakes' - which just happens to be the same name as the pattern from yesterdays post.  The patterns are very different, I can only think that the only difference is that this version is from the seasonal dress patterns leaflet.


The yarn I have used here is alpaka double knit for the blue and baby soft double knit for the white.


This was one of the first patterns I tried to re-work to get a design for the jumper and I was not very confident about taking the design up into the decreasing (where the sleeves are shaped).  Instead I added silver snowflake charms to the top of the jumper.  With hindsight, I am not sure I like the snowflakes, but it would be very easy to remove them and leave the top of the jumper blank.



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, 21 July 2017

Falling Snowflakes

Friday again and day eighteen, I think, of my personal Christmas in July challenge to share with you the matching dresses and jumpers I have been knitting for my niece's Christmas elves.  I am still without my laptop and really missing now, I hope it will not be away too much longer.

Our heatwave seems to have broken, we had an enormous thunderstorm during the night on Tuesday and more torrential rain on Wednesday.  It was still hot and muggy yesterday but it is very overcast this morning.  It may change later but isn't that typical, just in time for the weekend.  Never mind, I hope it does not spoil your plans for the weekend.

Back to today's dress and matching jumper.


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. Julie called this design 'Falling Snowflakes'.  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.


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 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.

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.