Violet2Dawn

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  1. Spring Fling 08 DaB024.JPG

    From the album Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers

    This picture shows the insides of the stands quite well, considering my poor photographic abilities.
  2. The window has been added

    From the album Peter Pumpkins' Produce

    Working casement window swings out to open. Painted with orange and moss green wash.
  3. Skin & Scalp Update

    Hi all   Well I thought it was time to update the head sore topic.  I did see progress, while my hair was very short.  Things were improving and there were no new outbreaks.  Over the last 2 weeks, as my hair has gotten longer than 1/2 inch I have had new breakouts and those that were almost healed have become aggravated again.  I dread the thought of having it shaved down again, but I think it may be necessary.    I have been taking pictures since the first day of cutting off the hair back in Nov. and they do show the healing and now aggravation of certain areas.  So when the snow stops (ahahaaa) I will call my dear, sympathetic hairdresser and have her shave it down again.  Then take more pictures to the Dr.  The Emuaid soap and salve are still effective, so I am going to keep using those.    I keep asking myself; is it the hair itself? does the length of the hair cover the exposed skin enough to affect it?  what does the hair attract (dust, etc) that aggravates my scalp?  Sometimes I want to peel myself of this skin and regrow something newer and better.  How painful would that be?   Well friends, I do appreciate all your information and support, keep it coming.  Some days you all are the only human contact I have and it means so much to me that you are out there.
  4. Skin & Scalp Update

    >Soapz/Chris, I have the bacterial type of folliculitis.  I am interested in the soap nuts, they sound eco friendly. economical, easy to use.  I have a small  apartment stacked washer/dryer set.  How many would I use for it?  I am going to get the trial size and give it a go.  The Emuaid soap I use now is very rich and has been very effective in calming the itch and burn that I had been living with for years. http://www.emuaid.com/product/therapeutic-moisture-bar  I try and keep things as clean as possible, including my poodle, so I don't happen to touch my head and transfer anything.  I am shifting to using more and more natural products with natural anti-bacterials.   >Debra Thanks for the positive thoughts, this is not a known side effect of any of my medication.  Now the dry mouth,  I use Biotene for that, and it works rather well.  That is a side effect I could do without.   >Holly  I have a wide variety of hats now, I have specifically chosen or made then super bright colors too.   > All the rest of you Positive people....THANKS for the positive energy, thoughts and prayers.  I can honestly say, my scalp is better today than when I first cut my hair off at Thanksgiving time.  I am not always as patient as I should be, and want results yesterday. 
  5. #2 Barbie

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Supposed to be a pleated skirt Many flaws in the patterning of this on my part. Pleats do not lay as they should Also too Large on Barbie Size 2 needles 4ply sport weight yarn
  6. #1 Barbie

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    This dress is too big on Barbie. It has a pattern that did not work well for me. I used size 2 needles and sport weight yarn. First try at this venture.
  7. #7 Barbie

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Okay not a big fan of this dress. The pattern is ok in the skirt area but I do not like how the top is made. It was sideways in garter stitch, I wont do this again. The yarn did not work up in any sort of nice pattern in the top, while the skirt is great. Size 1 needles and sock yarn. Think this one is the worst so far.
  8. Long dress

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Zero needles, worked sideways in garter stitch. Not sure I like working that way. The yarn worked ok for striping and it looks nice on.
  9. Spring Forest

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    This dress and the colors look like a forest in spring. The greens are really lighter and more yellow than the photo shows. A very cute dress. My nieces may not get this one. Zero needles.
  10. Another Hat for Winter

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Okay, really this the end of this yarn color combo. Another hat, I cant throw any yarn away of any length for some reason.
  11. Long sleeves

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Finally ventured into the long sleeve. Nice pattern in the yarn, yes I cut and tied the yarn to make the strips work out. Zero needles again.
  12. Mini Blues

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Easy mini dress for Barbie. Zero needles and fingering sock yarn.
  13. Mini Skirt

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    So this skirt features some nubbly yarn I had leftover from another project. It was differnt to work with, I had to poke the nubs tot he right side when done. Zero needles and truely scraps for the yarn.
  14. Pencil Skirt

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    It looks orange but is more red orange with black/grey flecks. Zero needles
  15. Halter neckline top

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    More of this yarn I love the color combo. Zero needles.
  16. Chic Dress

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    This worked up so well, love the pattern it made. Halter neckline, again size 0 needles and sock yarn.
  17. Cable Skirt

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Same pattern at the tan one, This one is better, no mistakes and you can see the pattern well. I used a bead for the closure in back.
  18. Another hat

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Hat to match the dress.
  19. Slef striping dress

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Nice simple dress in size 0 needles and fingering yarn.
  20. Rolled Brim Hat

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    A great way to use up scarps of yarn
  21. Skirt and Hat

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Size 0 needles, sock yarn. Next picture is the matching rolled brim hat. Shirt on doll is handmade, just not by me.
  22. The Fragility of Skin

    Well crafty friends, I needed a place to vent and some small dose of sympathy. Some of you may know of my severe allergy to all adhesives and how it makes miniature crafting challenging for me. Mind this is a new development in my skin, it has been progressing over the years from simple itch to any adhesive and a severe reaction. Well I have also been dealing with Folliculitis on my scalp for over 20 years. It too started small, one or two only in the winter, then more often then more of them. It continued to ones that didn't heal for weeks then months. My Dr and I have done all the over the counter treatments for hair and scalp. I have tried vitamins and all sorts things people have suggested. It has progressed tot he point of seeming to itch from the inside out, and almost constant pain. Not intolerable pain, just a dull, you know it is there pain. Over these years I have been cutting my hair shorter and shorter, and like most aging people some of it has grayed, and more has fallen out never to return. Ah...you see all of these things are connected. My Rosacea with the bacteria on my cheeks and chin, the thinning hair, and the folliculitis are all related. Now lets not forget the glue sensitivity, and the latex sensitivity, they also contribute to this. Fragile skin and bacteria. Well any allergen really. I could shower, use the anti bacterial soap and strong zinc shampoo, and within a few hours of housework, work, outside with the dog or anything, even the heat of the oven, and my scalp would be itching, my hair would be limp and my fingers itching to relieve this. This week I took drastic action. I have gone with a homeopathic product called Emuaid, soap and ointment. Twice the cost of the Zincplex shampoo, sighs. Then I cut all my hair off. Did it in the bathroom with small scissors, because lets face it there wasn't much hair at all anyway. Sure I could of had it buzzed at the salon, but then I ran the risk of them nicking one of the sores, and the embarrassment of the exposed sores not to mention that my totally round face looks just like a Babba with a Babushka on. I am tired of the sores, I am tired of my skin rebelling. Overall when I cut off my hair there were 20 sores, some of them have been there a few months. Day 1 it just itched and was sore, I used Cortaid that day. After that I have been washing with the Emuaid soap even on my scalp. Then applying the ointment. It smells like tea tree oil...but they do look calmer and not as angry as when I exposed them. I knit 2 hats this week and have another in progress, and I picked up a few of those chemo caps to wear when out. So, whew that was good to get it all out. And I didn't have anyone giving me the "God she is complaining" look again. If anyone has any suggestions, or ideas I would listen to them. Prayers and good vibes are appreciated. Mostly I just need a solid group of good people to be supportive. Thanks in advance for all of that Mini Crafters!
  23. I hope 2015 is a better year!

    It has been a long year. It ended with my step-father of 40 years passing away unexpectedly on the 19th of Dec. It was quick, and that was the blessing, also that he hadn't engaged the running car into gear or had been driving. But it made for a long holiday season this year. We did push off all the formalities until the 28th and 29th, which helped. My head sores (folliculitis) has been improving slowly since I cut all my hair off. I have 3 that are completely healed now, and most of the others are shrinking. So while it tends to be cold, I think the buzz cut is working along with the Emuaid, homeopathic products. I see the Dr again next week. My fear aggressive dog, was pressed to face a few situations not to her liking during the holiday season, but she handled it well, and only growled/snapped at other dogs twice, and only growling at people. Major improvements for her and a sigh of relief from me. Due to all the unexpected family, I shoved all the miniature work into boxes and into a spare room. I have to get them out again. Knitting continues, still on Barbie scale but using smaller needles and finer threads. My nieces got a boat load of clothes for their dolls this year. So I am hopeful that 2015 will be a better year, not only for me but for all of you out there. Peaceful, Prayerful Thoughts
  24. Varigated dress

    From the album Knitting Small and Smaller

    Scrappy sock yarn on size 1 needles, this was a quick kit with rib waist details.