The thread is Red Heart Classic Crochet Thread (size 10) in "Delft Blue".
I still like the pattern and recommend it to other doily enthusiasts, but four times is probably enough. Actually, I think I've had enough thread projects of any description for a while. Maybe it'll be time for thread again when summer rolls back around.
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It's been a while since I did much with polymer clay, and even longer since I made miniature food, but a few days before Christmas, I dug out the supplies and played with the clay. It's still fun, though I'm out of practice. I'd forgotten how "fingerprinty" clay can be-- especially when you least want fingerprints.
I made these little goodies for my mother, with the idea that she could use them with her miniature tea sets/platters:
The bread (loaf and slice) turned out ok (though maybe not perfect), and I think you can tell that the cheese wedge was the last thing I made (and I was getting tired and less interested in the whole process by then)-- but I was happier with the four glazed donuts and the lussekatter. That's what those weird S-shaped things are. They're a traditional Swedish treat enjoyed on "Lucia Day" (December 13th). It's a slightly sweet, saffron-flavored yeast bread studded with raisins. I would've been even better if I'd browned them more, but we'll just pretend that the baker took them out of the oven a minute or two too early. ;o) It's become a Christmas tradition that Donald bakes some of these saffron buns (almost) every year, so I thought they'd be a fun choice here.
One of these days, I'm going to make some miniature baked goods to put in my own little mini tea set display... :o)
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The Catherine Wheel scarf is still progressing slowly (a couple of rows at a time), but at least the balls of yarn are visibly shrinking... Then there are a few afghans I should work on-- or go ahead and finish/put together. My next new yarn-based project will probably be knitting. Maybe a cabled hat or cowl... I want to make knitted mitts/fingerless gloves sometime, too. (Eventually!)
...But really, all I want to do right now is get back behind the sewing machine again! I'm not sure what I'll make, but photos will follow.