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I think I said how I wished I could just skip ahead to the slip-stitching part. I wish I had left them bald!

I had two skeins of Cranberry colored yarn for the hair. One for each doll, just in case. They don’t give very exact measurements for this part. I was instructed that I needed a 10″x14″ piece of card board and I needed to wrap the yarn around it until it is full. So far, so good. Maybe, just maybe this won’t be as hard as I thought.

 Oh yeah, just so you know, if you put your yarn in a bowl it flops around nicely and doesn’t get tangled on things while it is unspooling.

For the next step, I am to slide the yarn carefully off the cardboard. Then stitch the yarn down to the “wig” base, following the sewing line.

Hmmm. That is an awful lot of yarn to fit under the presser foot. Apparently their idea of full and my idea of full are different. VERY different. I have waaay too much yarn to fit the wig.

I also decided to put a piece of tissue paper under the yarn to keep the feed dogs from munching random yarn strands down into my machine like fuzzy red spaghetti. Probably the smartest thing I did all night!

If I sewed the wig with the yarn facing up I couldn’t tell where the fabric was, or if I was anywhere near the stitching line. The presser foot also wanted to catch the strands with it yarn up.

This is attempt number 3 and success! Attempt number two went well on the bottom, but had some flaws along the top and sides. Thankfully, after wig #3 I can easily fix the problem on wig #2 by removing a few stitches. and only re-sewing the top portion of the wig, instead of re-wrapping the yarn for the 6th time. For your future reference, two wigs for 15″ Raggedy Ann dolls can easily be made from a single skein of yarn.

Slip-stitching the wig was more of a task than I thought it would be. It doesn’t lend itself to being well-pinned in place, and it really wants to creep around while you are hand sewing it down. I do recommend that you center it, pin it the best you can, and work from the center down each side. It didn’t say to specifically, but I also stitched the back of the wig down.

Then it got even more nerve wracking. You have to cut the loops and give dolly a hair cut to make her look right and not like some strange hippy doll. How much do you cut before it is too much and you are making another wig? This is where the failure of wig #2 would have been really obvious. You actually have to fan out the hair so there are loops all down the sides to give her hair along the side of her face. Thankfully I noticed this on the test fit and NOT after I had sewn the thing down.

So after her hair cut, and a quick pass with the lint roller, she got a signature and some clothes. I think she could still use some more hair trimming. Before I made that decision, I wanted to see how I liked it after I had some sleep.

Merry Christmas Little Miss! I hope she is a good friend to you.

 

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It is now just after 5AM, and I have finished sewing on the last snap and wrapped the last gift for under our tree. I should go out and feed, but I think the girls might object to me sleeping in their hay feeder. I’m a lot bigger than the Baby Jesus!

May you all have a wonderful day with family and friends!

It is nearly 4 AM and I have 3 of the 8 arms & legs ladder-stitched closed where I stuffed them. The dresses & nighties are done except for the snaps and I have to wait for the bodies to be finished for the final fitting. The clothes pattern could have been a bit more generous on size.

My final hurdle with these dolls is going to be the hair. I have to wrap yarn around a 10×14 inch piece of cardboard until it is full, and then carefully slip it off and sew the yarn to a “wig” piece of fabric. Then I must slip stitch the wig to the doll. I’d be happy if I could just jump straight to slip stitching. I can see a lot of my own hair being pulled out by the end of this escapade. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’m off for either coffee or sleep….

After reading the comments I realized not everybody is familiar with a Silpat baking mat. They are a fiberglass mesh coated in silicone. Sounds rather a nasty thing to be putting your baked goods on, but the French figured out how to make it work.

This cookie sheet has the Silpat on it. This log of dough is made from our “Trimmed-off and Leftover-bits” from the earlier cookie project.  A quick roll in the sprinkles and “Voila!” Simple holiday snacks.

The holidays always involve baking. All holidays. The items to be baked may change, but baking seems to be required in order to have a successful festival. I blame this on my family and Lutheran upbringing. Anytime two or more are gathered together there must be food, and usually lots of it. A Jello salad is not a required item, but often shows up.

This year I have added a new variable. I have always used Gold Medal flour. Always. Costco doesn’t carry Gold Medal, and I seem to do most of my shopping there. I have tried the big bag (30 pounds I think) of “commercial bakery” flour and that was a flop. My baked goods tended to be tougher than they should have been, and there were many more lumps. Not good, and 30 pounds was kind of hard to store. So enter the new kid in the flour department. Eagle Mills. It is supposed to have more good stuff in there, according to the label. Things like double fiber, and ultragrain flour for more whole grain goodness. I just wanted to know if it would bake like Gold Medal. I tried it out over the summer and I have been very pleased. It comes in two 10 pound bags, very handy as my bulk flour containers each hold about 9.5 pounds. They are rated for 10, but never seem to quite hold that last half of a pound. So that goes into the canister on the counter for gravies and such.

We tried out a family recipe for sugar cookies. I kind of messed it up. The recipe calls for 3/4 cup of shortening – part butter. So when I doubled the batch I used half butter and half shortening. Wrong! Apparently “part” isn’t half. I am guessing that “part” will be no more than 1/3 of the fat as butter. They taste fine, and I imagine that if it hadn’t been pushing 75 degrees plus in the kitchen, I may not have had the dough trying to melt before I could get it rolled out and cut.

It has started out cold and foggy in the morning, so my sweet husband built a fire in the woodstove. The fog burned off and the sun came shining through the kitchen windows all lovely and warm. Then I fired up the oven at 400 degrees. Tropical was the word to describe the atmosphere.

We did get the dough rolled and cut. It required the use of the icing spatulas to remove the cut-outs from the counter and transfer them to the cookie sheet. This took some serious concentration from the Junior Baker. She did pretty well for her first real experience with roll-out cookies. She lasted through about two roll-outs and was off to do something else.

We had to come up with some creative solutions to keep the trimmed off parts from melting. I put an ice pack under the tub to keep the dough chilled enough to work with. I have also heard that you can get one, maybe two successful roll-outs of dough before the dough becomes too tough to be tasty. So we combined the leftover bits into a log, wrapped it in waxed paper and chilled it. Then we sliced that into rounds, added a few sprinkles, and baked those up. That has kept the family satisfied with sugar cookies while we wait to decorate the others.

The only other sanity saving tip I have for your cookie baking this year is Parchment Paper! For under $3 at most grocery stores (the store brand is great) you can buy a roll that is about 30 feet long. It really keeps your cookies from sticking, no matter what recipe. I have also found that the cookies brown much more evenly. You can get multiple batches of cookies over a couple of days out of a single sheet. I have even wiped it with a barely damp rag to get chocolate or wild sugar sprinkles cleared off before the next batch with no problems.

I do love my Silpat, but since I only have one, I still have to use the paper. I can’t say I like one more than the other. Since I get way more than one use out of the sheet of parchment paper I don’t think it is a completely un-green option. Especially since I still have to wash the Silpat before putting it away, and that uses resources. Pretty much a tie for me.

I do have another silicone baking sheet. It is made by ROSHCO and is that rubbery type of silicone. It lies flat when cool, but wants to buckle up around whatever is on the sheet as it gets warmed up. It also has a nasty habit of absorbing flavors and smells. I only use it for dinner items now. Fish sticks, nuggets, and other things I don’t want to have to scrape off of my cookie sheets. It is not completely useless, just not ideal for baking.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and for my friends celebrating the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah!

We had a birthday party to go to today. I am not a big fan of some of the things that can be bought just to say you gave a gift. If you have a limited budget, get my kid a new box of crayons. We’ll both like it better, but, I digress.

This is Raspberry Sherbet Pony. I have no idea if the birthday girl really liked it, or what she’ll name it. Em picked the pattern and I did some stash diving for the fabric. We were both pleased with how it turned out.

Em has a request in for a Pink Pony now. I’m not going to tell Blue or Snowflake her other two Funky Friends ponies. I don’t want them to get a complex. I think Em would be happy with a whole herd of these in all different colors. Unfortunately, we would run out of space in her room long before we got tired of finding new color combinations.

Ok, after a bit of confusion I am going to include the the link to Sweetopia’s  KitchenAid Mixer give away. Hopefully this will get you there! Click here on Sweetoipa’s name. Leave a comment that I sent you and if you win, we both get one! How cool would that be? What color do you want?

See Santa, I am not being selfish! I am willing to send all of these people to this site to possibly win this absolutely fabulous mixer. I’ll still make you an extra batch of cookies if you help Random.org pick our names!

Dear Santa,

If you have any sway with Random.org I’d really like to win one of these. I have been pretty good this year. One of these would certainly warrant you an extra batch of cookies this year.

To my friends and family. If you head on over to Sweetopia, leave a comment and mention that I sent you there, and if you get picked, we both WIN one! How cool would that be?

I figure it never hurts to try, and if you don’t play you can’t win, right?

Now to decide if I want the silver or white one….

I have wanted to make a Raggedy Ann doll for my daughter for a few years. Nana found her a Raggedy Andy for Christmas about two years ago, but they were out of Annie dolls that year. I have finally gotten around to making a pair. One is for Em and the other will be for her cousin. Then they can have tea parties when they visit.

I realize that at this stage she looks more like a porcupine than a sweet dolly friend. Hopefully once she is sewn together, stuffed, and given some fabulous red yarn hair and a set of clothes she’ll be more huggable.

See ya around Doll!

I LOVE this feature on WordPress! I look forward to it every year! It even follows your mouse around.

I have to get back to the sewing machine or it will be pretty bare under the tree!

Enjoy the electronic snow!