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Everything posted by Bailey4

  1. I hate when they don't give you a color. I'm for red as well. Managed to get more of my baby dolls on sale today!!! My niece is going to give me one of her Our Generation dolls to use as a model now that she is in college. That gives me the chance to go with the My Life or Our Generation depending on what the sales are as I will have one of each. As I remember it from making clothes for it when she was younger the Our Generation was slightly larger than the Springfield so having one will help me fit the clothes without having to buy one.
  2. This was another of Darski's patterns I hadn't previously tried that made it into the donation this year American Girl Heat Wave
  3. We all hold it differently. You didn't mention how you hold your hook which can also determine how you hold your yarn. My first rule of thumb though is when it hurts you need a better option. I use a modified knife hold but as Tampa Doll mentioned I use more palm. I tried taking pictures but holding a hook and taking pics is not something I do well. I grabbed some yarn and just started a swatch to demonstrate. This is a flattened picture not actually crocheting to show how the yarn drapes. I don't think about it much anymore and none of the pics I saw online looked like what I did. This is what has worked for me over the years. This shows more like what my hands look like when I'm crocheting. Although again hard to demonstrate when I'm holding the phone with one hand and trying to take picture with the other but as I said I"m a modified knife grip and the way I hold my yarn is also modified to match that. I don't know if that helps but my suggestion would be to experiment with using more of your hand to support your work.
  4. That's my thought. There are so many breakable things at Christmas I like having stuff around that the kids can touch. I just squeezed this family into a sheet bag this morning to make the box pack tighter. I've got it packed but I"m going to need DH's help getting it to seal as it is packed to the limit. That's the reason I try to include the ornaments too. I figure it's a good idea for them to have ones they can put on the tree and not have to worry about dropping them.
  5. The Traveling book did finally arrive yesterday which means I can package up the first box to go out tomorrow. The other book I need for package 2 is still traveling. It's first attempt to reach me got lost so I'm waiting on a replacement. Today we have the Snow Family. I love having child friendly decorations that they can touch or play with and you don't have to be concerned that the items will be destroyed. Snow Family
  6. Well done Mary Jo!!! I finished one box of stuff last night just waiting on a delayed book that made it all the way from Barnes & Noble in TN to MA on Sunday and has since been touring Western MA. It arrived back in town this morning so I'm hopeful it arrives today so I can get this box mailed. I'm working on dinos for a second box to go out but I don't need as much stuff for that and Amazon lost a book for that shipment. This is on me. I normally have this stuff ordered and in house by Oct but I got behind. Gives me an excuse to keep on working on the stuff. I was hoping to sneak a couple of gift card holders in but my hands are starting to weaken. They were stiff after making the ami's last night and I don't think the dino's will be helping. I keep telling myself the gift card holders are flat and don't require small hooks, but we will see what I can get finished.
  7. American Girl Mrs. Claus
  8. One of the things that was fun about the donation project this year was I got out of my comfort zone and tried some patterns that have been on my to do list for years and never actually done until now. I've made a version of Mrs. Claus cobbled together from other patterns but I'd never completed this pattern for her. American Girl Mrs. Claus
  9. This is one of my favorites of Darski's patterns to make. She has many beautiful ones that are well beyond my talents but this one always seems to make it into the donation. American Girl Dovetailed
  10. What a cutie. I love the idea of using him to hold the gift card.
  11. Still catching up on posting items from the donation American Girl Rain Coat
  12. I just wanted to thank all of you who have sent stuff for the Aztec Wishes doll donation. DH and I delivered the items to the High School this morning and it was well received. I was told someone who dropped off a doll without any "extras" was told not to worry because stuff was on the way. You ladies always come through. With all your amazing talents no doll with leave without a blankie and we have dressed quite a few others. Thank you again so much for all your hard work. You've made the high school kids feel their efforts are a success and the more little ones will have well dressed dolls to play with this Christmas morning.
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