Thursday, March 26, 2015
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
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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
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.
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 :-)
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
Friday, February 13, 2015
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
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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 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 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.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Here is the pattern for her jacket and boots:
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
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 :-)