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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Doris, the Doll, etc....

The week has gone by so fast, I am still reeling!  We had workers here since last Wednesday and believe it or not, they are still busy today!  Talk about productivity!  Wednesday said good-bye to two wooden windows and hello to the replacements.  By eight that evening we had two new windows with panes, but no burglar bars. Very unsafe in our neck of the woods!  Here people live behind bars.  Since then they have been painting the two windows, no, not HUGE windows, just two normal windows (if I really wanted to I could actually go and measure them) and they are as true as Bob still at it!  Now they have broken the gate's lever and that will be replaced too, well, hopefully today!  Hope springs eternal!

Valentine's day has come and gone and since I am a loner, nothing special happened.  Just one coolish, overcast mis day, filled with aching teeth.  The pain, as everyone who ever has had painful teeth, knows, was unbearable.  Got me from taking pills, rubbing my gums with cloves to having a few slugs of sherry.  My jaw is still sore!  Well, will try and get a dentist appointment today.  Pain will have to go!

I have also been busy making the most amazing nothings.  Well, I have fininshed a teacozy for myself (actually for my teapot in storage, but you know what I mean!).  Maybe I'll be using it soon, sooner, soonest!!  Here are the pictures (they were supposed to be for the craft Friday project, but I never loaded the pics):

 OK, so Doris jumped the queue!

 I hope that my teapot will be very happy with its cozy!

I have been wanting to knit a doll for a long time, not just any old doll, but from my own pattern.  Well, dear Doris emerged!  Not quite what I had in mind, but nevertheless!  I will refine the pattern and keep on knitting her until she looks like what I have pictured in my mind.  In the meantime, poor old Doris started off as a Pippy Longstocking, but after giving her those peepers and the sad little face, she could only be Doris.  So, Doris needed clothing:  I then proceeded to knit her a pair of shorts, did come out well if I must say so myself.  Now I am busy knitting her a T-shirt.  Another side and she'll be fully clothed!  I bought felt for a pair of shoes.  Will see how that looks when I'm done!  I have decided to keep Doris for myself, my prototype, and I must say I like her.  She is soft and with the clothes on, does not look toooooo bad!  I did not have proper stuffing so on the first picture the neck and face is not quite right, so I added more of the stuff I had to try and shape the face more and for a stiffer neck, but as I said, the stuffing's not right.  

I have also fininshed knitting a facecloth for my expected grandson and will have to start soon on the blanket I have in mind for him.  Will decorate with a few of the big five created by Dana Biddle as published in Issue 25 of the Stitches magazine.  Maybe he will turn out to be an animal lover and earth hugger and be forever creative in his thinking and actions! 

In the meantime I am praying to have my own home again.  I really miss my stuff:  my pictures, my crockery and everything that is dear to me.  It is sad when you loose your footing financially and is considered too  old to be given a job......  

Creative week to all,

Ouma Miaau 

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