Thursday, February 23, 2017

Courtesy of Joyce, a Crochet Hitty pattern for you!

Hitty image courtesy of Joyce

For everyone who has ever wanted a Hitty doll of their own, but could not wrap their mind around carving one, my friend Joyce has created a crochet version of this beloved travel doll.

Joyce was inspired by the Knit-Along on the Hitty's Knitty's yahoo group, but her prefered medium for doll creation is crochet, so she took on the challenge of creating Hitty with hooks, instead of needles.

Hitty image courtesy of Joyce

As you can see, Hitty Joy is just under 6 1/2 inches tall, crocheted with fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Palette) and a size 1 and 2 steel hooks (2.25mm to 2.75mm).

 Images courtesy of Joyce

She has a simply embroidered face, and a move-able head.  This is a great way to add more personality to your doll.

The limbs are stuffed with pipe cleaners, and the body and head with fiberfill or wool batting.

Hitty images courtesy of Joyce

And best of all, a wig cap for her hair!  You can make a traditional Hitty style wig, or come up with your very own concoction.  Joyce includes a pattern for making this ringlet style wig, or you can find a more traditional wig pattern for your Hitty here:

Clothespeg Hitty Wig

And a drumroll please for:

 Hitty, A Crochet Doll

Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your doll and your considerable talent with us!

2/25/2017 Please Note!  The pattern for crochet Hitty has been updated to correct a couple of minor errors.  If you downloaded the pattern yesterday, please download the new one!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Maiden Voyage

Nearly 30 years ago, Larry and I bought a pop-up camper; a Coleman Columbia eight foot tent trailer.  We loved it, and it lead eventually to a 27 foot travel trailer, and Larry and I selling our home, leaving our jobs, and traveling the southwest for six months.  This was our Great Walkabout Experience :-)

We came back to our home town, returned to work, bought a home, and didn't camp again, until this weekend.

A month ago, we bought a Flagstaff pop-up campter; ten foot box, and a few more amenities than our original Coleman.  A frig, a furnace, a bit more space, but still a pretty simple tent trailer, and we went to Brown County State park.

This is February in the Midwest.  It was 65F with beautiful clear skies on Sunday; a spectacular sunset Sunday night, and fog so thick you couldn't see any other campers on Monday morning :-)  What I couldn't record with a camera was the soul-startling night sky with more stars than I've seen in my adult life, or the intense silence.  So deep, so long missed living in a city.

The views through the park pull you out of yourself.  A winding roadway on Monday morning with no cars.  Green beginning to spring out of the soil, and ranks of hills and valleys unblemished.

Larry and I have been dreaming and talking and planning for this for three years, and now we've finally done it.  We are rediscovering what we enjoyed so much 30 years ago.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For St. Valentine's Day


Born on St Valentine's day; Valentina is adapted from the Minnow's pattern.  Longer arms and legs, and DK weight yarn instead of size10 crochet cotton.

I used Knit Picks CotLin (70%cotton/30%linen)  which I had purchased for a knit doll a couple of years ago.  I didn't like the way it slid off my knitting needles, but it was just fine to crochet with.

Valentina has an internal armature much like the floss-wrapped dolls of Salley Mavor.  I used 6mm pipe cleaner, and loosely wrapped them with fingering weight yarn.  The larger body cavity and head are stuffed with wool batting.  This worked great, as I wrapped the legs with black yarn, and the arms with stuffing showing through the stitches :-)

Now for some clothes!

Now she has a cropped tank top :-)

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Little Smokies

Even on a cold, grey, winter day, there is loveliness to be found in nature. 

We took a walk through one of our state parks, sometimes called the Little Smokies (although in no way related to the Appalachian's).  Food for the soul.

Miranda enjoying the view!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A School of Minnows

2/2/2017 Please Note!  I found an error in the instructions this morning, and have corrected this.  If you downloaded the pattern yesterday, please redownload it.

After several months of pursuing other dollmaking mediums, I've returned to my favorite:  crochet :-)

These little minnows are only 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches tall, constructed with one piece bodies and a move-able head.  They are crocheted with size 10 crochet cotton and a size 6 steel hook; the hair is embroidery floss, and the eyes and facial features are embroidered.

I am happy to share Minnow's pattern with you.  There are a lot of construction pictures, especially regarding embroidering the face.  The pattern includes instructions for making her camisole and pantaloons.  These garments are crocheted with size 20 crochet cotton and a size 8 or 9 steel hook; there are suggestions on how to make other garments from these two simple patterns.

Minnow Micro Ami and Wardrobe

I also have a very simple, tiny knit cardigan you can make for your Minnow, knit with fingering weight yarn and size 0 needles:

Minnow Knit Cardigan

The many faces of Minnow! 

 ...and some of the different outfits that can be made from the pattern, with a little imagination :-)

 Have a lovely day, and enjoy the crochet!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Winter Day

The new year has come and gone, and Winter has shrugged her grey and icy blanket over all.  If you look carefully, you can see the Christmas lights and some of our ornaments reflected in the window.

After dark, the tree glows in reflection...

The tree is down now for another year; the stockings removed from the mantle, and the days becoming almost imperceptibly longer.  Good days to read a book from the library, or start a new project.

Allegra is my hint of spring in the bleak midwinter.  May we all find something to cheer us :-)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2016

First Fall

I could stay in this cocoon
And hibernate the winter through;
Never rise till after noon
Snug against the warmth of you.

We had our first snowfall of the year on Wednesday; then the temperature plummeted to single digit territory.  It was a beautiful fall of long as you didn't have to drive in it!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

...but most days are like this!

Some days, a very few days, are blue days.  But thanks to friends, and shared enthusiasms, most days are filled with joy.

Georgia and Pearl finally are fully dressed!  Georgia's outfit of pinafore and gathered dress is from one of Hillary Lang's Make-Along patterns, and so is Pearl's dress.  Pearl's sweater is a sized down version of a sweater I made for a Lalaylala doll.  I used size 0 (2mm) needles instead of size 2 (2.75mm) and Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn.

Both of my girls are sized down to 60% of the original pattern.  The clothing patterns are sized down to 70%; then use the cutting lines as the sewing lines, and add the seam allowance when  cutting out the fabric.  Both dolls and dresses are hand stitched, so I can sit in my favorite chair and create these dear dolls :-)

The sweater pattern can be found here:  Miranda's Knit Cardigan.  Remember, use the smaller kniting needles to fit this smaller cloth doll.

Here is hoping that the spirit of the season chases all your blues away.