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.


18 comments:

  1. Georgina and Pearl both look wonderful. I am so glad you are feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie; me too!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. ¡Qué guapas! Me encantan las telas que has elegido.

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    1. Gracias a Isabel tanta :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  3. Oh look at them lovely work, they can't fail to put a smile on your face even at times when the rest of the body isn't so willing, hope you're on the up...

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    1. Thank you, Amber; and yes, I am!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. So glad you are feeling better, and thank you for sharing your beautiful creations! No matter what kind of a day I'm having, it's always a bit brighter when I load your blog and get to see a new post here. :-)

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    1. Dear Anna,

      Thank you for your kind words, and you inspire me to keep it upbeat...we all need a place to go where the shadows don't intrude, and I truly want this place to be one of those.

      By the way, your name is so similar to one of my all-time favorite heroines in liturature: Anne Elliot from Persuasion, by Jane Austen :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. They are soooo cute. <3
    I'll send you a picture to cheer you up:)
    Hugs,
    rux

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rux!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  6. Dear Beth,
    I love checking your blog and seeing what you make. I too am making Hilary's Make Along Dolls. I copied the pattern the wrong way the first time and ended up with a 10 inch doll. I then figured out that I had copied pattern in wrong size and have made the dolls in the bigger size for my granddaughters.I love both sizes and have found clothes easier to sew on machine in larger size. After reading your blog I will try sewing clothes by hand in smaller size. I am sure that will help.
    Also would like if you shared your Apple Gingerbread recipe. It sounds delicious.
    Ginny

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    1. Hi Ginny!

      I am delighted to know a fellow dollmaker making Hillary's Make-Along doll! I've just completed two more 10 inch dolls; I really love this doll :-) I did find that for the clothing to fit the smaller doll, reducing them to 70% was better (I reduced the doll to 60%, the clothing bit bigger).

      Here is a link to the Apple Gingerbread bars...they really are yummy!

      https://sites.google.com/site/designbybethanntwo/home/links/AppleGingerbreadBars.doc?attredirects=0&d=1

      Merry Christmas!

      Beth

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  7. Hi I love your work so much. Where can I purchase some
    Dolls for my little girl? Please email me at iliana.dobreva@icloud.com thank you

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    1. I don't generally sell dolls, but make my patterns available for free to anyone who wants to make a doll. Also, there are so many outstanding patterns and dollmakers out there...you might try Etsy as an excellent place to find handmade dolls for sale.

      warmly,

      Beth

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    2. Hello I'm not sure how to use a blog! I'm trying to make my first bleuette doll and having a hard time getting the jointed elbow to look right. Guess I'm not sure which loop is the back one . I just don't get a Ridge at all.

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    3. The best way to understand the 'back loop, front loop' of crochet would be to google this and look at a YouTube video. A picture is worth 1000 of my words to try to describe this.

      Once you understand what 'back loop' means, you will understand about making your crochet stitches in this loop only. The unused front loop creates the 'ridge' around the upper arm opening. The top of the lower arm will snug up into this ridge, and it will look like jointed elbow.

      I hope this helps a bit. Look at some videos of back loop and front loop crochet; I'm sure it will help.

      warmly,

      Beth

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