Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Dolls: Jade and Joy

I've been making dolls and playing in the flower beds, now that Spring really has arrived here in the Midwest.  This is Jade, from Fiona McDonalds free 'Babe's Little Sister' doll pattern. 

Her sweater dress is stranded colorwork, using the template for raglan sweaters from the Arne&Carlos 'Knitted Dolls' book; the patterns are from Alice Starmores book 'Charts for Color Knitting'.  The sweater is knit to Arne&Carlos's instructions, but with worsted yarn and size 6 double point needles. 

Here is the colorwork pattern for the dress:

Sweater body

Sweater sleeve

Click on the link and you should get a gridded pattern for the body of the sweater and for the sleeve.  If necessary, enlarge the image so you can see the individual grid lines.  The body pattern is one half of the dress body; the sleeve  pattern is for the whole sleeve.  Best if you have Arne&Carlos's book for the sweater construction directions.

Planted some of my favorites, violas, in a clay strawberry pot.  These are city cousins to violets, another of my favorite spring flowers.

And rejoiced that my hellebores survived this cruel winter, even to bravely blooming through the last snow of the season :-)

And finally, a new Arne&Carlos doll!  This is Joy, from their Hippie pattern from 'Knit-and-Crochet Garden.'   After making their dolls from the 'Knitted Dolls' book, I thought I would NEVER knit another doll on dpn's.  However, this little doll just had to be made, and amazingly, she made up quite easily.  Perhaps two years and more experience with dpn's made the difference :-) 

Joy is smaller than the original Arne&Carlos dolls, about 12 inches tall.   I think she is going to have some Hippie sisters joining her soon!

24 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! Wonderful colors and beautiful work! Greetings from Norway

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  2. Tus muñecas son encantadoras. Gracias por el patrón.
    La violas tienen unos colores extraordinarios.No conocía los "hellebores", pero son unas flores preciosas

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  3. I just love the colours you have used for Jade, they work together so well and she is really lovely. Joy is just wow, I think she really has a bit of character and her outfit and everything is brilliant. She looks like she is really a lot of fun.

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  4. Thank you so very much for your good words, Marta, Isabelle, Serenata, Xandra, Isabel and Siddis! May you lovely women have a lovely day :-)

    Warmly,

    Beth

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  5. Very colorful and special doll! Love the knitted dress too!

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  6. Hi Beth, I love all of the dolls on your blog, amazing work on them all. This blog is full of inspiration and great paterns, thank you for it. And thank you also for the colorwork patterns. Ada

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    1. Thank you so much, Ada!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  7. Hi Beth. I haven't popped in for while and now I'm itching to get my needles out again. Your dolls are fantastic. I love the way they are dressed (I'm sure my bunch would be really envious). Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I'm not leaving just busy for a while. Back soon. Eli x

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Eli; you are such a bright spot in my day :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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    1. Thank you so much, Lois :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers go out to you and your family! Anddd on a happier note. Your new doll is fantabulous!! Absolutely amazing as usual,
    xoxo Dee

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    1. Thank you very much, Dee, for your kind words and condolences.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  10. Hi Beth, I just wanted to say I love your knitted doll creation, the colors and the personality of this doll is wonderful, I hope you are doing well and I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Best wishes to you, Cynthia

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    1. Thank you very much, Cynthia, for your kind words and condolences.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  11. Hi Beth! Sorry to post to you here (and I do love your knit dolls!) but I can't find an e-mail for you. I don't know if you remember me. I am from Crochetville and a few years ago I was making your Country Doll pattern into princesses and fairies. I just found your website and thrilled you are still creating-I downloaded all the Crochet doll stuff and can't wait to make it! Thanks so much for the tip about the Annie's miniature shoe collection-found it on Ebay and won for $32! I can't wait to make tiny purses that actually work and think they would make adorable keychains too.

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    1. Hi Michelle! I'm delighted you have found me here, and enjoy the blog :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  12. Hippie Joy is simply delightful. She fits right is among all of your lovely flowers.

    PS I was a hippy.

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    1. And still a free spirit, my friend :-)

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