Preparations for Valentine's Day are ongoing here a Joe Pye Towers .....
Sophie has been making paper hearts out of origami paper. (And wants you to see her new Boneka jacket. I bought it on eBay as a single piece and shortened the sleeves to fit my gang - it must have been for another doll with longer arms but a similar size torso? Perhaps part of an outfit or dressed doll?)
Of course, many romantic thoughts are inspired by young Andreas ... what a hunk, eh?
But hunk or not, Andreas himself is no slouch in the romance department, and like many others today, he has come to the mail box to mail his valentines. He volunteered to baby sit cousin Matilda, but upon closer inspection ......
one begins to wonder if he was using that just as an excuse to load up the baby carriage with a BULK of valentines!! I told you he is no slouch in the ways of romance!!!
With the aid of a high-powered paparazzi camera lens, we can spy on who is sending whom Valentines!!! Shame on me!!!
Well, SOME people are writing to their senators and congressmen - it's not all hearts and flowers, you know!!!!
Best wishes for a romantic St. Valentine's Day!!! R.
Between the time that it took me to be inspired by the marches on January 21, get out my knitting needles to make pussy hats for some of my gang and today, I began to question whether posting a photo like the one that follows trivializes the things that are now happening to my country. These things are certainly NOT trivial!! They are frightening and discouraging. I decided to go ahead and finish three hats and post one photo. But I cannot bring myself to "play" with this theme. There is a horrible chill in the air.
I am happy to share the "instructions" for these very simple knit hats if anyone is interested. R.
Thanks for the words of support. Claudia asked for the knitting "pattern" so here goes ....
First off, I've never learned to knit small things, like socks, "in the round" (Those THREE needles!! Without ends!! Yikes!!) but if you do know how to knit socks, doing these in the round would do away with the need for a back seam and would make a much nicer hat!
What you are aiming for (doing it my way = making a flat rectangle) for a doll like Ann Estelle (left above, ca 7.25" head) or Darlene (right above, ca 7" head) is a rectangle that is 8.25"-8.5" long and 3.25" wide. These measurements depend on your yarn weight. The following instructions are for #3 weight yarn (the two solid pink hats use this - from LyonBrand "BonBons" collections.) Lighter weight yarn ("sock yarn") is better, but #3 was what I had on hand in pink, so that's what I used.
Caste on 56 stitches on #2 needles. Knit the rest on #3 needles.
Knit 4 rows of knit/purl/knit/purl ribbing.
Row 5 = knit all the way across
Row 6 = purl all the way across.
repeat 5 and 6 until you have 26 rows total. Bind off.
Sew the two ends together. Then flatten the resulting cylinder, with the back seam falling half way across, and sew the top edges together, from side to side.
I used #4 weight yarn for the middle hat on Sudha, who has a smaller head (ca 6.5"). I made a rectangle about 6.75" long by 2.75" wide by casting on 52 stitches to start with and knitting 22 rows total.
My, what a sophisticated and complicated "pattern" that was, eh??!!! Enjoy. R.
Ann Estelle and Sophie have come to visit Great great great aunt Azalea on Christmas eve, bringing a specially chosen gift for her .....
Azalea loves to see the kids!
"Should I open it now?" "Yes yes yes!!!!"
Wonderful warm fuzzy slippers!!!!
"Thank you my dears - these are just what I needed. Come here you two sweethearts and give me a big hug!"
Merry Christmas to all and please let the heavens watch over us in 2017!!! R.
"This is only a test". "In the event of a REAL post, you would be instructed to have a Merry Christmas!!" R.
Sometime in the near future we hope to make a slight change in the "ownership" of the Life and Times of Ann Estelle website. We are assured by Weebly (the folks that support the website) that this will occur seamlessly and make no difference at all in your viewing pleasure. If there should occur any hiccups in the next week or so, please "stand by" and do not attempt to manipulate the rabbit ears on the top of your computer!! Your fearless leader, R.
The gang at Joe Pye Towers is busy getting into the Christmas spirit. A slightly older friend called Kate stopped by today to help with one of the Christmas trees .....
Luckily Annie Laurie succeeded in untangling the string of lights!
And then Kate and Marianne spent some quality "girl" time together - it's nice to have someone to brush your hair!!
The tree is looking good!!!
(As a "technical" aside, I've started using a new camera. It is producing much larger file size images than my old camera. I've loaded them "as is" for this post and would be interested to hear if these larger files cause any problems for viewers?)
"Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,
And thrice again, to make up nine.
Peace! the charm's wound up."
And while we are here to wish you a happy Halloween, we also want to remind you to VOTE!! And hope that while you vote you think about a world where no one, child OR adult, boy or girl, man or woman, would hear themselves called names; be mocked, bullied, belittled, abused or hurt. And after you've cast your ballot, please say a small "thank you" to Susan B. Anthony and all the other suffragettes who worked so hard against so many small minds to get us to this place that we are today!!! "Peace - the charm's wound up." My thanks!! R.
Michael and Yoi decided to spend a quiet day enjoying the beautiful fall weather at the mill pond (and yes, they have time traveled a little bit into the future since it isn't this far into fall here yet.)
Michael is floating in the canoe, bird watching ......
... he's pointing at this exotic, migrant swallow that is flying over the pond.
And Yoi brought his large sketch book and pencils and has been drawing the old grist mill. What an artist!!
Froggy just popped up to say "hello".
I apologize for so few posts recently. Shortly after I finished the substantial task of adding the ME drawings to the AE archive pages my old computer and old OS began to fail me and thus I've gone through complete upheaval acquiring a new computer and getting used to a new OS, while also attempting (and failing, sigh) to get a DSL ISP. And when I settled down to take these pictures, I found that my even older camera is failing .... when it rains, it pours!! Hopefully I'm not next!!!!! So now, while I can, I'll wish everyone a happy fall, even if it is a little early!!!
Please check out the newly revised pages in the "releases" section (in the pull down menu under "the Ann Estelle story and ...." above) - I've finished adding all the side-by-side images of the Tonner dolls and the Mary Engelbreit illustrations that inspired each of them! Many many thanks to Mary for allowing us to do this!!
Since the pages are now twice as "image rich", I've divided the "catalog" into five pages instead of the previous four - hopefully this will allow them to load faster for those of you with slower connection speeds.
Get ready to sit back and enjoy Mary's artwork!! R.
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