Monday, September 01, 2008

Busy fingers

Hi Everybody.. hope alls well with you as it is with me,
Not a lot to report, Saturday I visited my sister for a couple hours,Sunday spent a couple hours in the garden before the heavens opened up with some very heavy much needed rain.Then was time to go inside do a little knitting and watch my football team "Tigers" being televised live and WIN there last game of the season. Today I went to exercises, did a little food shopping and tomorrow of to bowls and scoring again at carpet bowls in the evening.
Well thats all folk now on with a few photo's of my knitting ..

Please click to enlarge all photo's

My doll pictured above, was given to me by my Godmother when I was about 4 months old, making her slightly younger then me approx 21yrs old !!!! .. okay she is turning 69 this year. "Sarah" is made of a celluloid material, and has moveable arms and legs, which are joined by an elastic thread internally. Over the years the elastic deteriated, and she had a small dent in her cheek, so I took her along to the Dolls Hospital in Melbourne who specialise in doll restoration. "Sarah" was returned with a hole in her cheek as it was brittle with age, I wish they had not tried, but what is done is done, and I still had to pay them for the restringing. I knitted her a new layette for her home coming, and she has pride of place upon my bed.

I knitted Golly a few years ago, he has been well played with by the grandchildren and mended plenty of times.
This throw rug, is knitted all in one piece, although it appears to be done by squares. The only sewing was to add the knitted edging.
My tartan crochet rug, this was very time consumming, and all one piece. To gain the tartan effect, I had to make 230 chains by 2metres to thread though the rug, green through burgandy, yellow through green & burgandy, white over all. I am so pleased with the end result, even though I nearly went blind!!
I'm currently working on these two at the moment. The mauve piece is a crocheted throw rug again done as one piece, The other is all done with individual squares, and sewn together

Finished all that is left to do is the edging,

all my unfinished Rugs. (Afgans)were put on hold while I made this one for my Grandaughter's birthday, my sister Pauline knitted the edging to help me get it finished in time.But alas didnt get enough notice to get it finished in time.. Sorry you had to wait a bit longer for it Serayha...

This is another Ive just started I have to make 60 hexigons and 8half hexigon.. I think this will be very challenging and time consumming

Never take someone for granted

Hold every person close to your heart

Because you might wake up one day

And realize that you've lost a diamond

While you were too busy collecting stones

You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.


By for now Cheers to all \_/\_/\_/



Blogger Gattina said...

Your doll reminds me my childhood ! I also had one like that ! it's a pity that they made a whole in her cheak, but as you say it's done. The knitted dress is beautiful !
I don't have any patience for knitting ! I tried it maybe 45 years ago, and that was enough for the rest of my life, lol !

September 02, 2008 1:28 am  
Anonymous Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I wish I could knit,I crochet, you do such beautiful work!!!
Happy Labor Day!

September 02, 2008 1:28 am  
Blogger smilnsigh said...

Happy September...

Which to you, means Spring. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh blog

September 02, 2008 7:20 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

I had a doll very similar to yours, whom I called Audrey. My eldest daughter had a Golly, which she called a Dollywog.

What absolutely beautiful knitting and crocheting you do, Jen. I used to do a lot when I was young but it's too hot to knit or crochet up here, I've found. My needles and fingers get sticky and the article gets very tacky looking. So...I don't do it now.

September 02, 2008 5:56 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Dear Jan ~~ Beautiful work ~ I don't know where you find the time. Glad you got the birthday throw finished
with a little help from Pauline.
The Doll Hospital should have known the hole would happen, so they should have said so and not put a hole in your doll. Love her layette. And everything is just beautiful.
Glad you like the Letter from God and the jokes. Hope there is more rain on the way. I hope Peter does make a trip, as we are all getting older. Take care, dear friend, Love, Merle.

September 02, 2008 7:24 pm  
Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

Oh Jen....I love the Tartan throw you made. What glorious colors. And Golly the doll is super. I'd be so ticked off about my doll's cheek, I'd spit! [but like you said, what's done is done...there's no turning back. Love the outfit you made for her too]

September 02, 2008 10:11 pm  
Blogger Lady Di Tn said...

How did your sister's wheelbarrow turn out. I still have the one that Prince found throw out on the road. It is minus one handle but I plan to lay it on its side and maybe put ornamental grasses around the back of it. You are one talented lady. Those rugs are beautiful. You must show us the finish product of the last one. Hope you had fun at your bowls and that your team won. Peace

September 03, 2008 5:03 am  
Blogger Susie said...

Hi Jen,
Loved seeing all your beautiful work. Too bad about your dolly's cheek, but I know you're glad to have her anyway!

September 03, 2008 1:40 pm  
Blogger Janice said...

Hi Jeanette,

What lovely work you've done, I love the rugs and the clothes on your little doll Sarah (my daughter's name), Too bad about the hole, the lest they could have done was repair it.


September 03, 2008 5:19 pm  
Blogger dieter said...

In this p/correct world can we still call them Golly wogs. or have we now reached the point of overkill.They say no more humpty dumpty because it might up set the kids..ha

September 03, 2008 5:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi mum, Bummer about your doll. How did it get a dent in the cheek originally? Go Tigers!

September 03, 2008 11:06 pm  
Blogger Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Your knitting is beautiful, I'm sorry about your doll, you would think they could fix her at the doll hospital. It's good to know things can go wrong there, will think carefully before taking a doll to the hospital!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Kathi :)

September 04, 2008 12:44 am  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Jen, I am sooooo sorry about Sarah's cheek. I agree in that they should have told you this could happen if they messed with it. That poor baby!
I like your knitting, you are doing really good.
Oh yes, if things wouldn't get worse still you could put a bandaide over that sore cheek. :-)
But since it is almost an antique perhaps better just leave the hole.

Did they give an estimate on repair or is that something to NEVER do to an old an valuable doll?

September 04, 2008 2:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice,your knitting, is art

September 04, 2008 3:44 am  
Blogger sonia a.m. said...

Very nice knitting, Jeanette! Those dolls are lovely too!

Thanks for your visiting on my Ecological Day. Would be great if you could join us next month!

September 04, 2008 5:33 am  
Blogger megz_mum said...

Hi Jen, you are a clever, crafty lady! Beautiful works! Love that you have your dolly still, what a shame about the failed repair of her face

September 04, 2008 12:44 pm  
Blogger Maria said...

Hallo dear Jen, thanks for walking through Vienna's streets with us.
My hubby and I will go on!
I love your knittings! When I was younger I did something myself too, but in my middle years I became too impatient :)
My hubby gets excited when he hears your blog song and he says it reminds him of the timeswhen his children were small. They loved to hear similar music, english spoken children's songs. He says that traditional Austrian children's songs were too much like "how to be a good child" and "how to honour your parents" but in the meantime maybe this has already changed. Therefore he played his children songs in english :)

September 04, 2008 10:36 pm  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Beautiful throw rugs. We used to call them afghans here but recently you just hear the word throws more often. Whatever they are, I have quite a few and they come in very handy when the weather is cool although here in Arizona we don't have much of that kind of weather.
Loved the 69 year old doll. It reminds me of the baby dolls I had as a child. I remember taking care of them like they were real babies. When my daughter came along Barbie was all the rage. She was never much into baby dolls. I still prefer baby dolls.

September 05, 2008 1:25 am  
Blogger GrumpyAngel said...

Your rugs are beautiful! I was I have the talent. I love dolls and I just think it is wonderful that you kept your doll all these years. I'm sorry she was damaged. She is still beautiful. And the new outfit you made her is gorgeous.

September 05, 2008 2:46 pm  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I have a doll just like Sarah that belonged to my Mom's baby sister who died as a child. She's older even than Sarah and one of Mom's brothers repainted her face and eyes with less than great results. Her elastic band is broken and she lies in a heap in a plastic bag in my closet. I'd like to have her restored someday.

Sorry they left Sarah with a hole in her cheek, but she's lovely in spite of it. Love her new layette! You do beautiful stitchery, Jen.

I can crochet anything, but so far knitting escapes me. I have tried and just can't get the hang of it. Maybe someday I can get someone to help me hands on. That might help. I don't seem to do well with written instructions, although I can follow a crochet pattern.

Hope you've had a great week. Happy Friday and weekend!

Love and hugs,


September 05, 2008 3:38 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

I'm actually shocked at what the Doll Hospital did to your Sarah - they are usually very good at FIXING dolls, not busting them up.
Your knitting and crochet is superb...don't suppose you give lessons??

September 06, 2008 12:59 am  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Jen,

Well, you sure do some pretty things!!

I never learbed to knit but I have done a lot of crochet work in the past. (tho not recently)

I love the little doll and it looks like the same as my sister and I got...probably about 1946 for Christmas! They were called 'Betsy-Wetsy, dolls. I wish I could find one again! :(

Take care,


September 06, 2008 6:04 am  
Blogger meggie said...

I fell in love with Sarah! She is lovely, & her beautiful outfit is perfect.
All your handwork is lovely.

September 06, 2008 4:13 pm  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Enjoyed seeing your dolls and the beautiful throws.
We had a great time in the mountains. I'll be posting some pictures.
You must be coming into Spring there??? We are just going into Fall.

September 07, 2008 9:05 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

Wow! What beautiful work you do. I wish I could do that. I love the one that looks like squares sewn together but isn't. That must have taken alot of work. Hope you had a wonderful weekend

September 08, 2008 1:33 am  

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