Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dainty Doll Undies

My Christmas gift to myself this year was this adorable, affordable, collectible doll sculpted by Dianna Effner, and offered by Jo at Jo's Doll Shoppe.

Her name is Mari, and she is 8 1/4 inches tall.  She is quality vinyl with a beautifully painted face and lovely  body shape.  Mari had been borrowing outfits from my Kish dolls, but now I've made her her very own undies!   Here is the pattern, for camisole, long pantaloons, and shorter undies:

Heartstring Undies

The camisole top would make a wonderful bodice for a dress, with either a crochet or fabric skirt (my next project!), and the camisole could be attached to the pantaloons to make a romper type outfit.  The pantaloons could be lengthened for pants, shortened for capris; there really is a lot you can do with this simple pattern and your imagination.

Jo has just announced her 2013 dolls, which are just outstanding.  I am seriously challenged to not buy them all!

Have a lovely day, and as always, enjoy the crochet :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Knit sweater for Bleuette

I have been working on a commission doll for a dear friend, and in the process made up this knit raglan sleeve cardigan sweater pattern for Bleuette.  The sleeves are knit on double point (dpn) needles, then set aside as the body of of the sweater is knit on straight needles.  I used a light worsted yarn for this (Berroco Vintage) and size 2 and 3 double and  single point needles.  I found it easier, for me, to place the body and sleeves on a pair of circular needles to finish off the sweater, but straight needles will also work.

Bleuette raglan cardigan

And here is the commission complete!

Enjoy the crochet!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Doll, New Hope

A new doll, and a new technique, for the New Year :-)  Rory Elizabeth, a commission doll for a dear friend, is a crochet Bleuette that is also sporting move-able wrist and ankle joints, in addition to her move-able neck, knee, and elbow joints :-)

At the moment, she is borrowing a wig made by another dear friend, Victoria DiPietro.  Rory Elizabeth will get her own wig soon; but if you are interested in making a wig like this one, the instructions are freely available here as well.

The patterns:

Move-able wrist/ankle joints

Crochet Bleuette

Tibetan Lambskin wig

A New Year, a New Hope.  Maybe we can all try to be the change we would like to see in the world.  A quote often attributed to Gandhi; a paraphrase of his exact words, but something nonetheless to strive for.  More kindness, more compassion, less me-ism.

I hope you all have a New Year filled with good health and creativity!