Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Rememberances

A year ago yesterday, my Mother died.  I was going to say, "we lost my Mother," but on reflection, we did not lose her.  She is present in my life every day.  I think of her with love and gratitude; have silent dialogues with her; show her what I am currently making, and know that she is present, just unseen.

Mother is with us for the rest of our lives. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Works In Progress

Works in progress include a Knit-Along on Ravelry with We Make Dolls; Meggie is the large doll with all the hair :-)  While waiting for clues, I worked up two more Ami's, Kismet and Kalliope.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Simple Knit and Crochet for Simply Amis

Violette and Mignonette have some new clothing patterns to share with you!  A pattern for a simple top-down knit sweater can also be a dress, a turtleneck, a smock, or a nightgown; and overalls can also be a bibbed dress.

And Mignonette has a couple of wardrobe items of her own...

All of these patterns are knit or crocheted with fingering weight yarn; I used some stash sock yarns, Brown Sheep Naturespun fingering, and Knit Picks Palette.  The knits were done with size 3 (3.25mm) needles, and the crochet with size D hook.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simply Amis

 Mignonette, 7 inches tall; Violette, 8.5 inches tall

Back to my first love, crochet dolls!  Did you know, ami is not only short for amigurumi, but is also French for friend;  Migonette and Violette are simply amis and simply friends :-)

The pattern for these two dolls borrows from crochet dolls I've made in the past.  I love the move-able head on a neck stub joint, and the swing legs that attach to the body as you are crocheting, instead of being sewn on later.

I was also inspired by the amazing crochet dolls that you can find on Pinterest.  If ever you find yourself in a creative slump, look at what the world is creating by searching Pinterest.  Lots and lots of visual inspiration.

This doll has simple limbs, and a simple face.  The pattern includes many construction images to help you.

Simply Amis

Crochet works up so fast!  It is almost instant gratification, and these dolls really are simple.  And sweet.  And friends :-)

Coming soon, some clothing!  In the mean time, enjoy the crochet :-)

***Update 8:00pm***

A small wardrobe for Violette is now available.  Her trousseau is crocheted of Knit Picks Palette (a fingering weight wool yarn)  with a D hook

Violette's Dress, Pantaloon, Camisole and Cloche

Violette's Trouseau

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tansy Mae's Wardrobe

Tansy Mae wants to share her wardrobe patterns with you :-)  One for  simple knit capri pants, that can be made into trousers, bloomers, or shorts.  The other is a collection of simple top-down knits to make a smock top, T-shirt, and a lacey nightgown.

Except for a bit of a back opening on straight needles, all of these are knit in the
round on size 4 dpn's.  For some reason, using fingering weight to sport-weight yarn, my gauge was 6 stitches to the inch.  These are simple, loose fitting items, so a slight variation in gauge will probably not be a problem. 

These knits are sized for a 10 to 12 inch Waldorf doll.

Waldorf Capri Pants

Waldorf Smock/Tshirt/Nightgown

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tansy Mae

Tansy Mae is another Waldorf doll with a knit body, knit in the round on dpn's.  Her T-shirt and tunic are knit from the same basic pattern, from the neck down.  This pattern is easily adaptable for shirts, dresses, tunics, and nightgowns.  Currently I'm working on a nightgown with eyelets in the skirt.  When I get all the instructions written up, the pattern will be freely available here. 

I like the idea of working top down and seamlessly.  Thanks to Ravelry for introducing me to this technique :-)

I used fingering weight yarn for the T-shirt, and sport for the tunic and capri's.  For some reason, both worked up to the same gauge with size 4 dpn's, about six sts to the inch.

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!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gifts of Love

Christmas this year included some very special gifts, from our nephews and one of my Aunts.  Top left are candle holders made by our oldest nephew; they are Ball Mason jars with colored tissue paper decopaged to the outside.  Inside were the most delicious cookies, baked by my brother, the Master Cookie Chef!  Top left is an embroidered stitchery depiciting myself, Larry, and one of our cats, created by our middle nephew.  Lower right is a birdhouse, made by our youngest nephew, and lower left is a lovely glass ornament with my Mother's picture, given by my Aunt.

Ivy Rose and Ginger Kate are flanking the favorite gift I ever received as a child...this sweet stuffed tiger.  I was eight or nine, I think, when I found him in my stocking on Christmas morning.   And nestled between them is the 2014 White House Ornament, a tradition my Mom and Dad began several years ago.  Our Christmas tree is now heavy with them.

Ginger Kate has joined my sweet family of knit Waldorf dolls.  We want to share her rompers pattern with you!

Ginger Kate's Rompers

I am going to call these dolls Cottage Flowers, as that is what they make me think of.  Knitting a doll, and thinking of flowers, in the middle of Winter is a happy pasttime.  I hope all of you are having a happy day :-)