Monday, August 27, 2012
It has been a tough week. I lost a friend today to cancer.
The final days were long, and hard. On my friend, on her family, and on all who cared for and loved her. Finally, she is free of the prison of her body; and whether she is in the arms of God, or sweet oblivion, she is free of pain.
And we are free to grieve.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
photo courtesy NASA
Neil Armstrong; the first person to walk on a planet other than our own. A Navy fighter pilot in the Korean War, an engineer, an astronaut, a professor, a father, a husband. A man that every child of my generation watched in breathless wonder as he took those first steps on the moon, that hot July night in 1969.
He has inspired generations of children to dream beyond their horizons. "Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." - Paul Brandt
Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Mock Smocked Bodice
Here is what the smocking looks like before and after embroidering:
I also have a pair of shoes for you to crochet for Bleuette. They are made with size 3 crochet cotton and a size C crochet hook. They fit over the crochet socks. The pattern is for Mary Janes, but once you have the right fit for the foot, you can modify them for boots, slip-ons, and embellish them as you wish.
Crochet Mary Jane Shoes
Friday, August 10, 2012
Simple Bleuette Wigs
These four wigs are very simple to make, based on the basic crochet wig cap. In this instance, the wig cap is also part of the hair. By using mohair yarn, you don't really need to cover the wig cap with strands of yarn. This saves on yarn, saves on time, and is great for a play-able doll for a child. These wigs will fit any doll with a seven inch circumference head, and can be adapted to fit any doll at all.
You can make these wigs with any yarn, really; but the fuzzier it is (higher mohair content) the more it will look like those pictured above. Brushed nylon will also work, and the many 'fun fur' eyelash yarns as well.
The only drawback to these yarns is that the stitches can be hard to see. So, if you are just beginning, I would suggest making light colored wigs at first: blond, gold, peach and light shades. Also, crochet with a piece of white paper in your lap...it helps to see the stitches. Don't worry too much about mistakes or missed stitches...they become invisible in this kind of yarn :-)
A couple of other goodies to share:
A mostly knit shrug for Bleuette! The shrug is knit as a rectangle nine inches long and three inches wide. Fold it lengthwise and sew up two and a half inches on either end for the sleeves, then crochet a border around the rest of it. I like the knit for the body as it gives a soft hand to the fabric, and the crochet edging adds crispness around the edges.
And a Link Stitch Bodice. This bodice is worked from the neckline down, so you can easily make it any length you want. It starts with a series of 18 links. I like working into links better than working into chain stitches; it is easier to get a neat border, and gives a sweet eyelet look to the neckline.
Enjoy the day, and enjoy the crochet!