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November 05, 2010

Bear with me

First of all, I'm happy to say that my Blog-more Month was a success! I managed to post once every week last month, just like I aimed to and I'm rather proud of myself for that. As I had hoped, blogging more inspired me to do more, and doing more made me feel better and happier, even though it's getting rainier and all together bleaker now that we're at that awkward time between autumn and winter.

One of the things I got done is Grace the rag-bear. I started Grace a while back, but she was forgotten in all the Blog-more and Halloween hub-bub and I only got around to finishing her now.

Grace the rag-bear

Grace knits a lot, so much so that she even knits and purls in her sleep!

Grace's outfit

Grace is wearing a blue flowery cotton dress with a white Peter Pan collar and mis-matched red buttons down the bodice. She's also sporting a knitted, warm orange wool scarf.
Grace is made out of grey wool and she has safety eyes, an embroidered nose and blushy cheeks. She has a grey plastic button for a belly button.

The yarn for Grace's scarf was dyed by my grandmother, using -if I remember right- onion skins. Gran used to dye yarn in a big, black cauldron by the lake using natural dyes. Grace herself was inspired by my mum, who knits all the time, and who's super good at it too. I'm sadly nowhere near as good at knitting as my mum is, and the most I can manage to knit is slightly irregular scarves.

I hope to keep on blogging more and doing more in the months to come too, it seems to be a good deterrent for the winter blues that tend to strike me down once the days get short and sunlight becomes rare.

Comments

I love the combination of orange scarf to the blue dress! She looks so warm and cuddly. She must be such good company during the chilly winter months.

Oooh, Grace would look lovely sitting next to my Maisie Dolls. I love her dress, so sweet and simple. I adore Peter Pan collars too.

x Catherine

Another cutie! And that scarf looks very familiar :)

Tove, Grace is perfect for chilly days, with her wooly scarf and woolen self and all. :)

Catherine, your Maisies would look super with Grace! I really like your use of colour, so it's great to hear praise for Grace's outfit coming from you.

Nini, I think pretty much all of Grace should look familiar to you, seeing as I carted her and her then unfinished scarf around when you were visiting. :D

Aw, supercute! ^.^

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