"To label any human being as inferior based on their health, their appearance, their size, their choices in food or physical activity or any other arbitrary measure that is nobody's business but their own is bigotry." ~ Fat Heffalump

3/2/15

Finally, Official Lammily Clothing

Just before Christmas last year, I pre-ordered a couple of the official outfits coming out for my Lammily doll, aka Josephine. They arrived over a week ago, but I didn't get a chance to blog about it until now.



I got two of them and this is my opinion on them. I don't know what I was expecting, but it's definitely cheap made in China stuff.

New York, New York ($27.00) is my favorite of the two I purchased.



The jacket fits very well. But the quality is lacking, severely. There was a mysterious rather large thread knot on the front that I removed.



The lining is nice though.



The little white shirt underneath does NOT fit properly. This is the best I could do. The velcro closings need to be adjusted and the waist is a bit too tight and too low.



The shoes are warped, therefore preventing me from being able to pose her feet straight.



I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the ankle joints on this doll suck. I can probably fix the warping with a bit of hot water since they're plastic shoes.

The jeans fit fine if she's posed straight up and down, but pull way down on her little butt if you bend the legs. Also, they have a hokey velcro closure done with a lousy sewing job



and the pocket is lame. Not really a pocket.



They used 2 pieces of fabric to make it. Why didn't they sew the bottom seam? How hard would it have been to make that right?

I'm disappointed.

The other outfit I got is Celebrating Denmark ($24.00). Ugh. Of course, the shoes are warped.



The jacket fits kind of weird. It doesn't come together in the front, and it's rather large around her shoulders. In addition, mine came with a pre-torn lining.



I didn't like the trimming job on the silver trim either (which is actually very thin wire). Sharp for little hands. But it was easy to trim off myself.



The dress fits fine, but I hate the velcro they used for the closure. Cheap and plastic, not to mention how it's sewn on. This is the way all the velcro closures are done on these outfits. No pride in workmanship. It won't take much playing for these to come off.



Both purses also have this kind of velcro closure.

So, this isn't the quality that I get with my collection dolls (Ellowyne) for sure, nor is it as good a quality as doll clothes were when I was a young girl, but I guess since it's made in China and costs a lot less than the collectible doll clothes, I shouldn't complain. I won't be buying anymore of the Lammily outfits. I'll make my own clothes for her.

I wonder how they compare to the current Barbie clothing? I haven't looked at them in quite awhile. I should check it out.

Over the weekend we watched a Star Trek TOS marathon, both tv and movies, in memory of Leonard Nimoy. I bawled like a baby at the end of The Wrath of Khan. Too real right now.

Knee update. Quite a bit of the bruising is healing nicely, but the swelling hasn't gone down much. I don't think it can until most of the bruising heals. It still hurts quite a bit, but I'm getting around without a cane at home now. If I go out, I take the cane just to give my balance more stability. My doctor says I probably won't need physical therapy, but it's gonna take several months for it to heal completely. Urg. In the meantime, Tylenol and ice packs. I've been taking little walks outdoors too, on days when I don't go anywhere. I am so tired of this. Heal already!!!

Live long and prosper.\\//



3/1/15

Blogiversary Time!

On March 1, 2007 I started this blog. It's been 8 years. In celebration, I'm having a giveaway contest.

Here is the prize:



This is 2 skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted yarn in the Orchid colorway and a small jar of genuine Idaho Wild Huckleberry Jam.

Here are the Rules:

To enter, leave a comment in this post telling me why you read my blog.

ONE comment per person. No anonymous comments will be accepted. So if you don't have a Blogger screen name, please put your name in the comment.

Contest entries will be accepted from now until 5pm pacific time Saturday, March 7th.

I will assign a number to each comment in the order they are posted and then use a random number generator to pick the winner.

I'll announce the winner on Sunday, March 8th. That person will then need to email me their mailing address within 3 days so I can send them their prize. If I don't hear from them, I will draw another winner.


Here's to at least 8 more years of blogging!

Let the commenting begin!


Live long and prosper. \\//

2/28/15

In Remembrance


Leonard Nimoy, born March 26, 1931 - died February 27, 2015






A man who had a huge impact on the world, on my world, in a wonderful way. I will miss him terribly.


Mr. Nimoy, I am and always shall be your friend.


Live long and prosper.\\//

2/26/15

Snowman Row Is Done

I can't believe I've finally finished Snowman Row. And it's adorable! I love it.

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I started this project 8 years ago. I worked on it a little bit each year. I'd get all charged up to finish it, get one or two snowmen done and lose enthusiasm. But now it's finished! YAY! The pic above is after I washed and dried it, but I haven't pressed it yet. It was SO dirty from my hands and other little stains on it. The white stitches of the first three snowmen I stitched had actually yellowed. I soaked it in a bowl of hot water with a scoop of Oxyclean for half an hour and it came out perfectly clean. YAY!

Now, to get it framed. I've decided to have it done professionally cuz I don't want to mess it up after all this work.

Since I'm in a finishing mood, I decided to finish my Dogwood and Hummingbird too. All I have left is about two thirds of the background. However, I can't find my pattern. It was not stored with the project. Daughter Ruth and I have searched everywhere. So I've ordered another copy. I found one on Ebay, Should be here next week. I can hardly wait!

My knee is finally starting to feel better. I can stand without feeling like I'm gonna throw up. The swelling is going down and the bruises are fading. Hurray! I went out Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday I went to Rathdrum Knitalong. I just had to get out! I'd been cooped up too long, and since it's only 5 minutes from my house... I was exhausted and in a ton of pain when I got home, but happy that I went.

Yesterday I got up and there was actually a marked improvement in the pain. So I decided to go to the monthly NISS meeting (North Idaho Secular Society). It was a very interesting meeting. My daughter had the day off so she went with me so I wouldn't have to drive. After the meeting we went grocery shopping. The cupboard was getting pretty bare with me being off my feet for 2 weeks. Again, I was able to hobble around and get the few things I needed using my trusty new cane
with the purple paisley pattern on it. Today I'm resting. I need to recover from yesterday. I'm glad I did it though. I think getting out is speeding up recovery a bit.

My blogiversary is coming up. I'm planning a contest. So stop by on March 1st to see what's happening.

Now, where is that ice pack?

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/19/15

Snowman 12

Keeping off my feet and elevating my knee has been kind of hard. I've got so much that needs to be done around the house, places to go, people to see. I've been a good girl, though, and made myself do it. Yesterday I decided to work on Snowman 12 the whole day, between little trips to walk around the house. I got quite a bit of him done while watching movies on Netflix.



All that is left is to fill in the white sparkly stitches, finish his face, and then my favorite part, the outlining! I can hardly wait. I did make a couple mistakes on him, but I left them in. It makes him unique. His mittens were supposed to be blue, but the symbols for dark green and dark blue look very much alike so I misread. The buttons are supposed to be green, but since I made the mittens green, I decided to make the buttons blue. I also managed to leave one row of stitches out at the belt area, so it's a little narrower than the pattern wants. It was easy to adjust the rest of the pattern around it so it looks good. I like it as it is. That red scarf is so cute!

I have a doctors appointment for this afternoon. It's a follow up to an appointment I had a month ago that resulted in a change in my anxiety meds. The Prozac was giving me horrible gas, so I was changed to Lexapro. I'm feeling much better. I will have my knee checked while I'm there too. It actually feels a tiny bit better today, and the bruising is starting to change yellow. Maybe I can get something for the pain. It's still excruciating.

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/17/15

Bright Stripes

I've blocked the striped mens mittens I made for Knitwits. This is my first FO of the year.



Bright Stripe Mens Mittens

Pattern: Seed Stitch Striped Mittens for Men by me for Knitwits.

Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted
Content: 75% Acrylic/25% Wool, worsted weight
Colors: Blue and Orange.

Needles: Addi Turbo Circulars size 5.

Cast on: December 31, 2014
Completed: February 12, 2015

Comments: I used the Seed Stitch Striped mitten pattern, but instead of doing seed stitch stripes, I knit in stockinette stitch with two colors and changed them every 5 rows.




In other news, I splurged. I found the original outfit for my doll Serious Intentions Ellowyne at a reasonable price, so I bought it.



I don't particularly care for this outfit, but if I ever decide to sell her, it will come in handy.

We're having another beautiful sunny day in the 40's today. The snow in the yard is almost completely gone and the grass is greening up. It's way way too early for this to be happening. I'm worried everything will start budding and then we'll return to our regular winter weather and kill everything off. But, at the same time, SUNSHINE! Can't be unhappy about that.

Live long and prosper. \\//

2/16/15

Projects

I frogged the color work mitten. I got to the top decreases and it was going to be 3 inches longer than my hand. I was not happy with the workmanship either. Such sloppy tension. Urg! I decided to start it over. I've dropped down to size 0 needles and it looks much better, and is closer to proper gauge. I got this far over the weekend.



I've also been busily cross stitching Snowman Row. I finished Snowman 11. Yay!



Outlining the graphic pattern on that scarf was quite the challenge. I have started Snowman 12 too!



I am so close to having this project done, finally! I'm so excited! I'll be cross stitching like crazy over the next few evenings to finish it.

Today I did some sewing. I'm working on a quilted bag. It has a front pocket that is made of small pieces. My first real piecing project. I cut the pieces out last week and started sewing it together today. I got all the little bitty pieces put together.



While I was sewing my daughter took this photo of me.



It was kind of a rough weekend for me. Last Thursday I went out to check on the hot tub. While coming back up the steps to the upper deck I managed to trip and fall on my right knee rather hard. It is all swollen and black and blue and extremely painful. Fortunately, I didn't break anything. It hurts like heck. Worse than it did after the fall in Times Square last March. It's ice packs and taking it easy for a couple weeks for me. I really need to get into the habit of holding the rail when going up steps. I do it when going down. Why can't I do it going up? I'm glad I bought a cane earlier this year. It's coming in handy.

Live long and prosper. \\//