I emailed Susanna Lewis a few months ago asking if she had ever produced a knitting pattern for the early knitted Cora outfit. Cora’s original white outfit does not come along very often and when it does due to its age, can be out of shape.

I was delighted when Susanna sent me a copy of a  knitted Cora outfit that she had created. Not only that but she offers it for free on her wonderful website.

http://www.sashadoll.com/

Susanna said that she would like to see what people did with the pattern, so I have taken up the challenge.

First up is my first attempt at the Cora outfit, which I thoroughly enjoyed knitting, the pattern has a stitch called fisherman’s  rib, which I have never tried before and now I am hooked, so to speak.

 

IMG_5382

IMG_5384

 

 

IMG_5386

 

Next I decided to try a different colour, going for a light green and cream. The beret is from Jane Woodbridge’s, wonderful knitting book , which can be purchased from Shelly’s site.

https://www.sashadolluk.co.uk/dolls-for-sale-4/

IMG_5361

 

IMG_5353

IMG_5364

Next I decided to go bold and bright. I added a little hat that is my own design.

IMG_5366

IMG_5367

Next I decided to do something different combining Susanna’s pattern, and using the fisherman’s rib to create flared trousers for this Jimmy Hendrix outfit.

 

IMG_5379

IMG_5376

 

IMG_5378

 

 

IMG_5377

 

 

Now I was really getting into this  challenge and decided to make shorts and top with flared edges.

IMG_5341

 

IMG_5342

IMG_5339

Being inspired by Diane Duke I created a little shawl to go with the ensemble.

IMG_5351

IMG_5346

 

My last ensemble is a little flared skirt and picot edge top.

IMG_5328

IMG_5332

IMG_5326

Another Diane Duke inspired shawl.

IMG_5336

 

IMG_5337

 

Here they are all together.

IMG_5394

 

I have really enjoyed making these outfits and it would be interesting to see what others come up with too.

A big thank you to Susanna Lewis for creating the pattern.

 

Thanks for looking………………

 

 

As the long awaited sunshine broke through i decide it was about time i did some pottering about. i decided to go to Dunstable Downs which is in Bedfordshire. It is part of the Chilterns and has some beautiful views and woodland areas.

IMG_5251

As you can see the view are lovely and the strange metal object is actually an  environmentally friendly ventilation system for the visitor centre.

IMG_5254

I particularly enjoyed the woodland area.

IMG_5263

A better view from up here

IMG_5262

IMG_5256

I love trees and nature

IMG_5267IMG_5266

looking through the fence i can see Chute wood.

IMG_5268

Now just to open the gate

IMG_5269

IMG_5273

I found another beautiful tree to climb

IMG_5277

IMG_5276

look at this a natural bird bath

IMG_5281

Another tree to sit in and take in the wonderful views

IMG_5286

I need to move along

IMG_5262

What’s this i have found?

IMG_5287

Could it be a fairy door?

IMG_5288

Knock , Knock, oh well, nobody is home.

IMG_5289

Off into the woods, i do feel a bit like little red Riding Hood, but i don’t think there are any wolves in here.

IMG_5302

After the long winter the vegetation is starting to spring up.

IMG_5303

looks like the woodworms have been busy.

IMG_5304

In the woods there are lots of things for children to play on , which have been made out of fallen trees.

IMG_5307

IMG_5308

IMG_5314

What’s this O and X’s , i think i will try that.

IMG_5319

This little seating area reminds me of The Three Bears story, i wonder if i can sit on this chair

IMG_5313

IMG_5321

Made it.

IMG_5310

Time i headed back i think

IMG_5316 - Copy

I hope you have enjoyed my visit to Dunstable Downs, but please remember if you are planning a visit in the near future that.

IMG_5323

Thanks for looking……………..