A new outfit for Emma, which includes a strapped skirt, underwear, Mary Jane shoes and a sunhat
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Saturday, September 3, 2022
I got a bee in my bonnet to make a doll with simple joints. Joints at the elbows, wrist, knees, and ankles. A doll that did not require lots and lots of stitches to make up. A simple doll. So here is Emma, crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a D hook. Her clothing is sportweight yarn. She is 11 inches tall and easy to dress. Her wig cap is simple, and for more wig ideas, please see Sandy Nordwall Eggers pattern on Ravelry: Cute Hair Styles for Dolls
Enjoy Emma, and enjoy the crochet!
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Sauron defeated…and yet…
What of this Middle Earth we claim as home
Where fires burn where no dragons roam.
Where coasts are drowned as surely as Westernesse
And the Wise have sailed; sailed to the West.
Orcs breed, but not in Misty Mountains cold;
In City Canyons built on gold;
In Empty places where fear and hate
Are allowed to stew and percolate.
Dark Lords reign in Corporate Towers
And promise pain to those that cower
Among the wreckage of Middle Earth
That greed and corruption now devours.
For Men above all desire Power.
Beth Webber 8/25/2022
Sunday, August 7, 2022
One more outfit for crochet Hitty, done in both DK weight cotton (1.75oz/140yds) and size 10 crochet cotton.
Enjoy the crochet!
Having updated Joyce's crochet Hitty pattern, I thought an update on her wardrobe would be a good idea too. Size 10 crochet cotton was a favorite medium of mine for making small doll clothing, but as my hands get a bit older, and my eyes a bit dimmer, manipulating and seeing the stitches has become less than fun. And honestly, crochet has to be fun!
Above is an example of crochet Hitty's camisole and petticoat. On the left, they are worked in DK weight cotton yarn; on the right, size 10 crochet cotton. There is more detail and better drape with size 10 cotton, but I am happy with the way the DK cotton outfit turned out. One thing that occured to me as I was making the DK weight outfit: crochet the petticoat to the last round of the camisole, and reduce the bulkiness at the waistline!
Here are links to both of the patterns:
Crochet Hitty also has a tee shirt and overalls in DK weight yarn:
And here is a link:
Coming soon...a full skirted dress and apron pinafore in DK weight cotton. And if you are wondering what DK weight cotton is, look for cotton yarn that is 50 grams (1.75 ounces) and 125-130m (135-140 yds). Sportweight falls in this catagory as well.
Enjoy the crochet!
Friday, July 29, 2022
Five years ago, my friend Joyce created a pattern to make a Hitty from crochet. Between the two of us, we made dozens of dolls, with wardrobes and accessories and keepsake boxes. It was great doll fun.
Fast forward. A few days ago someone asked me for these patterns, and she was directed to the blog posts that contained them. As I scrolled through the posts, I was reminded of all these wonderful dolls, our enjoyment, and also of so much that both Joyce and I have learned in the way of dollmaking techniques since this pattern was first created.
So I went back to the pattern, and tweaked it with some updates, added options for leg and arm attachment; made the torso and head as one piece, with a stabilized head that won't wobble and isn't made in two pieces.
I changed the yarn from fingering to dk weight (a concession to my ageing eyes). So here she is, all of six inches tall, along with a simple outfit made of cotton dk yarn. If you are not a carver, now you can crochet your own Hitty!
Enjoy the crochet!
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Saturday, April 2, 2022
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