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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting there

Slowly..........Getting some things accomplished, making some headway! I'm not really pushing myself, I don't think, but I am never not busy. Things to catch up on, bills to pay, phone calls to make, thank you's to get out, daily chores and family......it all takes so much time. BUT I'm getting a few things finished along the way.

I made a batch of Strawberry Jam to go along with the Raspberry Jam I made a few weeks ago. It is delightfully delicoius. I can't decide which I like best, it's 50/50 with family members!

                                           Look at these red strawberries

                                                                     They made 8, 8oz jam jars : )

                                           These were the raspberries and sugar

                                                                         Also made 8, 8oz jam jars

Next on my try to finish list was my second and youngest granddaughters American Girl doll sweater. Over the summer I knit and knit, off and on, during the summer.....and it occurred to me why was this taking so long to finish a doll sweater. Finally I finished the front and back and realized it was so wide it could have fit two dolls. I worked the sleeves and had to do some major adjustments......not fun!
So it looked like this

Can you see how wide the sweater is.....I think two American Girl dolls could wear this. So I had to do a lot of fudging and zig zag stitches and then cut my extra knitting off.

                                         All that extra knitting and time......chopped

But the end result I'm pleased with :  )    But I'm not happy about how I had to do it......if it were for a real person I would have started over!

                                           ❤Ready for Lizzie

Fall is here in my part of the world. Let me show you in photos...........

Here is an update of the farm animals down my lane.

There are 3 baby lambs, 9 grown sheep, 5 baby calves, 4 cows and 2 pigs. I feel so lucky to have this a short walk away. I see them everyday with my walks with Jack. Jack thinks he is so tough and runs for them. Of course his back hair is standing on edge, he is really a big baby, but I won't tell him!!

Jack and I thank you so much for visiting us here on my blog. Love you popping over and especially love your comments. Hope you are all having some time for being creative or doing what you love best.

xoRobin & Jack (he wanted me to include him)


  1. Don't push yourself Robin, just take it slowly, it will all get done!
    Dolly is going to be very cosy in her new sweater !
    Hi to Jack too! :)
    V xxx

  2. A very autumnal post, with the very best of the season - jam, yarn, autumn leaves...lovely! Chrissie x

  3. Hello Dear Robin.. what a busy bee you've been! That sweater is going to be such a treasure, I hope they'll share with you a photo of the doll in her sweater. You're a super duper grandma. Enjoy your fall time. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. I think I'd have done the same thing with the doll's sweater! It looks gorgeous! I bet your granddaughters will be pleased! It's just becoming strawberry season here - I'm looking forward to making jam too!

  5. Love how you fixed the doll's sweater......and it looked lovely at the end, I'm sure Lizzie will love it! Your jam making was such a success......lots of deliciousness to enjoy in the coming months.. Enjoy your weekend, wishing you many more busy happy fall days.
    Helen x

  6. I would love to have some cute farm animals right down the street from me, I bet Max would too. I think you did a great job on that sweater and good for you figuring out how to make it narrower without frogging the whole thing.
    Hugs to you and Happy Autumn.

  7. Dear Robin,
    I love your Autumn picture! And I love the Autumn!
    Sometimes my kids and me doing a bike tour around the lake nearby we are living.
    Around the lake we have a gorgeous forest. It is our favourite time of the year (and winter too because Santa is coming :-)) The Kids love to collect chestnuts, acorns and fir cones to decorate our home. After our tour we love to drink hot chocolate and to snuggle and cuddle. Isn't Autumn the best time of the year?

  8. I think your little doll jumper is lovely. It is annoying when the pattern doesn't reflect what ends up on your needles. It takes all your talents and years of experience to put it right. I think your Granddaughter is going to love it.

  9. Hi Robin, I wish I could smell and eat some fresh jam!! Loving all of your fall photos. I'm happy you could "Fix" the sweater. I like those colors a lot.
    I saw some of the classic blue canning jars the other day(the ones you blogged about).
    Thinking of you,
    Anne D.T.

  10. I'm inspired by your jam... I just might have to mix a batch up today!

  11. Hi dear Robin, I must have missed this post...and what a joyful one it is too. I am so pleased to hear that you are feeling able to get some creativity back. Take each day at a time....sending hugs x