The Family is Complete!!

Meet Lucinda:Photo on 4-5-16 at 4.56 PM

I finally got Lucinda done.  I have done all the bears I have fur for and don’t want any more.  It is too hard to work with.  I will make more bears but they will be from fleece or knitted.  I need Brer Bear who is a brown bear and I need Winnie The Poo but they will be later.  For now I have Mother Bear (Lucinda), Father Bear ( Oscar) and baby Bear ( Scallewag)  and tomorrow I will make the clothes for Lucinda and Oscar and start knitting Goldie Locks.  Here is a full view of Lucinda.Photo on 4-5-16 at 4.57 PM

And here is the family: Photo on 4-5-16 at 4.58 PM

And don’t ask Father Bear how two polar bears had a brown bear.  In Fairy stories anything is possible and we have a happy family so leave it alone.

I also finished the Nordic sweater.  It was too big for either of the dolls I had hope to put it on but it does fit my Patty Play Pal.  If I had thought it would fit her I would have put on the extra four rows on the sleeves that I left off.  Photo on 4-5-16 at 10.48 AM 2

You can see it is very stiff. It would be softer if I had used larger needles.  I will do this again but make it out of sport weight yarn and then it will fit one of the other two I wanted it for.  Photo on 4-5-16 at 10.55 AM

You can see the sleeves are a little short.  Another half inch would be better but she looks good in the sweater anyways.  Now she needs a dress that really fits and a bonnet.  I am hoping I can comb her hair but I don’t want to pull it out so  we will see what I can do with it.   Shirley, do you remember this doll?  It is one Shirley gave me.  I had a doll collection some 11 years ago.  I have well over 200 dolls.   If I can find the picture of them I will add it to this post.  Norman had built me a whole house for them.  It was only one room but managed to fill it up.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to The Family is Complete!!

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    Those bears are so beautiful! soft and lovable. Well done, Mom!

    • Thank you, Dear. I am having a ball making these animals and dolls. Dad is so good about it and the house is looking like a zoo and will get more and more fun as the summer goes on. When the time comes that I am sick of making these and Dad is sick of looking at them I will donate them all to a children’s hospital where someone can read the books and act out the story with the children. But that will be several year down the road, I am having too much fun to just give them away yet. Love you Mom

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    How patient you are, Carol! That sweater is just beautiful. I wish my mother was alive to see all you make. She was very creative, too. Aunt Myrtle is,too’ she makes such lovely quilts.

    • My mother spoke of your mother and her two sisters and how creative everyone in the the family was. She always told me I had to be a teacher to carry on the family tradition. They were always “The Girls” to me. It must be from Aunt Myrtle that Shirley and my Patty get the love of quilts. I made quilts for a few years but Shirley has kept it up and even goes to quilting work shops several times a year. Patty has made quilts for everyone in the family and most of her friends. She likes doing the new baby quilts best. Patty is a nurse. The only teachers in the family now are my grand daughter Celina and grand daughter-in-law Narinjan. Both have their PhD and teach at universities in CA. Not exactly the elementary or high school teach that my mother and I were but at least they carry on the trade.

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