Saturday, April 2, 2022

The Dream


 


The Dream


Alone I am walking the Pleasant Run trail,

Just under the Raymond Street bridge, heading toward Shelby.


A person is walking, slowly, ahead of me,

And my steps bring me even with his stride.


We walk in silence together. He is middle height, middle age, brown eyes and hair.

Sweatshirt, jeans, and sandals. It is Winter.


Half a mile on, we stop. To the left, along the creek bank, is a homeless camp.

Tent, tarp, and trash, and one person; man or woman impossible to tell.


“What do you see?” the man beside me asks

“An assault to my senses, to the earth, nothing but trash defiling the trail,” comes my immediate answer.


“What do You see?” I ask the man. Quietly…

“Hopelessness. Hopelessness and suffering on the edge of despair” the man with the brown eyes says.


I look again, at the tent, and the tarp and the trash, and the despair.

I look back at the man, but he is gone.


I walk on, alone.




Beth Webber 4-2-2022



Friday, April 1, 2022

Circle of Love


A Circle of Love.  Tiny dolls that fit snuggly in the palm of your hand.  Someone to tell your hopes and fears to.  This circle of love was made with one skein of Red Heart Super Saver Retro Stripes and all the different Lionbrand Skein Tones yarns.  Twelve skin colors in all.


Doll Pattern by Nelly Lopez:  BHD doll pattern


For the wig caps, you can use the hat pattern that comes with Nelly's doll pattern, just work it to 36 stitches and check the fit, then work without increasing.  To embelish, you can use one of these two patterns to create all kinds of hair styles, or make up your own!

Wig Patterns:  Cute Hairstyles for Dolls, by Sandy Nordwarll Eggers.  Available on Ravelry.

Wig Patterns:  WeeBee Book of Hair, Volume 1 by Laura Tegg.  Avaliable on Etsy.


And if you want to dress your dolls   you can use my free outfit pattern.


Outfits for Nelly's BHD doll:  Outfits, by Beth Webber.


Have a lovely day, and enjoy the crochet!

Saturday, March 26, 2022

After the storm



I look to the hills,

But where will my help come from?

Not from the mountains

High and remote.

Not from the oceans

Cold and deep.

Not from the desert

Parched and barren.

Not from the storm

Bent on destruction.


I look to the sky

But where will my strength come from?

From God, who is above me.

From God, who is below me.

From God, who is within me.


Let the mountains of indifference despise me,

Let the oceans of hypocrisy wash over me,

Let the desert of hate burn me,

Let the storm of war destroy me.


God is my help and my strength forever.




















Psalm 121, with a dash of Psalm 146 and my own musings.

Beth Webber 3-26-2022





Saturday, March 12, 2022

Nelly Lopez's BHD pattern, and some clothing for her

 


I found this adorable doll pattern on a Facebook Group callede Nutshell Lane Studio.  The doll pattern is free, on Nelly Lopez blog.  But I wantede to make her a wardrobe, and it is also free and I will post it here:


Nelly Lopez BHD pattern  links to the doll pattern.  You can use the hat pattern as a wig cap and make all sorts of hair styles.  This doll is Nelly Lopez design.


Outfits for Nelly Lopez BHD doll links to the above clothing.  The clothing are my own designs.


I made my Nelly Lopez dolls with Red Heart Super Saver and a size E crochet hook.  The clothing is made with Paintbox DK weight yarn and a D hook.  The clothing fits up over the feet of the doll and requires no closure, as I used the Foundation Single Crochet to begin each neckline.  This is a very stretchy stitch, and if you are not family with it, you can find many videos by doing a Google search.


My two girls, Onyx and Pearl



Overalls and bibbed jumper



Pinafore dresses



Basic dress, rompers, and sweater



Additional options to basic dress.


Nelly has a lot of other free doll designs on her blog, and outfits for the dolls.  Check it out, and enjoy the crochet!

Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine


 To honor the people of Ukraine, I created a small crochet flag and sunflower.  Did you know that  Ukraine exports more sunflower seeds than any other country?


The free pattern is available at this link: Flag and Sunflower.



While you make this flag, and sunflower, say a prayer for the people of Ukraine.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Be Still


 

Be Still

The stillness of the snow at night;

The stillness of the gentle rain.

The stillness of the owl in flight;

The stillness of a silent pain.


The stillness of the leaves that glide;

The stillness of the twilight moon.

The stillness of the tears that slide;

The stillness of the graveyard’s gloom.


The stillness of the morning glow;

The stillness of the path beyond.

The stillness of:  be still and know

That I am God.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Earth Teach Me


 


Earth teach me Faith

As the sun also rises.


Earth teach me Hope

To meet a new tomorrow.

Earth teach me Love

As you’ve cradled us from birth to death.


Earth teach me Humility

In the face of all eternity.

Friday, December 24, 2021

In solitary silence, the weary world awaits


 

Holiday blessings to you and all you love.  May joy and beauty grace the new year.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

No Wobbly Heads!

 


This beautiful doll is from the patterns of Huonghkvn2005, available on Etsy.  This doll was made from her Sleeping Rosie pattern.  


Instead of using wire to stabilize her head, I wanted her to be more child friendly, so the head is stabilized using a modified neck stub, then crocheting the head around the stub.  It is similar to a technique I've used in the past to make a move-able head, but this is simpler and sturdierl



This technique will work for any doll that is worked continuously from the feet to the head.  When you get to the final round at the neck, continue working in a decreasing cone, with the first round of this cone worked in the back loops, leaving front loops free to work the first round of the head.  I decreased this cone over five rounds.  Finish off.


Attach the yarn to the first unworked stitch at the neck, working the first round of the head as written, into the free loops left at the end of the neck row.



Continue to work the head as written.  You will now have a very stable neck and can stuff the doll head very firmly.  Even a head full of heavy hair will not be a problem.



Head stuffed firmly, and no wobbles!





And a beautiful head of hair.


Enjoy the crochet!