Monday, January 26, 2015

Weir Craft's Waldorf Doll Kit

 Weir Craft Doll Kit cover image

Since starting to make Waldorf dolls with knitted bodies, I've been wanting to try this kit, which is offered by Weir Crafts.  They sell all kinds of Waldorf dollmaking supplies, plus lovely wool felts, roving, and batting.

So, I bought the kit and made up a doll!

The kit has everything you need to make a 12" to 13" doll; Alice Blue turned out to be about 13" tall.  If you have never made a Waldorf doll before, and like to knit, this is a great place to start.  All the supplies needed to make a simplified Waldorf head are included in the kit, and I really liked the way it turned out.

The yarn for the body is a dk/sportweight yarn.  I little thinner than I like to use, but it knitted up very nice and soft; it is a lovely quality wool yarn.  I would also have liked a bit more mohair yarn for hair;  I added some from my stash to give her a fuller head of hair.

I put together a picture tutorial of making this doll, which is available on my flickr photoshare site:  Weir Kit Waldorf Doll Tutorial.

If you are interested in this kit, here is a direct link to it:  Waldorf Doll Knit Kit
The kit is customizable for doll skin color, hair color, and body yarn color.

Happy Dollmaking!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New dolls for the New Year

Above is Mimosa Jade, the latest Cottage Flower doll.  She has a classically made Waldorf head and a knit body; the pattern for which is freely available on this blog.  Her jacket in Asian inspired and keeps her warm in the high mountains where she lives with her family.  They are nomads and herdsmen, and share the lonely mountain tops with ice and eagles.

Here is the pattern for her jacket and boots:

Asian-inspired jacket

Just in time for Valentine's Day is Ruby Valentine in her heart-strewn dress!  She is also a Cottage Flower Waldorf doll, and the pattern for her dress and cardigan are here:

Valentine's Dress and Cardigan

Both of these outfits are worked seamlessly from the top down, using a combination of straight and double point needles.  The yarns are worsted weight wool: Patons Classic Wool and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

Keep warm, and enjoy your New Year!