Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Another family finished

Here is another cloth doll family that I recently finished.   The customer named then the Blossom family.

I like the way the boys came out,  but not the dad or mom. Dad looks like a bigger kid!  And I think mom needed longer hair.  But this was a special order and the customer says she loves them.  That is what is important.


Learning a new skill

About a million years ago I learned to knit.  Well,  maybe it wasn't a million years ago,  but it was over fifty years ago!  At first I made things like scarfs,  all straight knitting. Then,  when I married;  I decided to make my new husband a sweater.  Great idea right?  NOT !!!

I worked hard on it,  hoping it would be ready for a Christmas gift. Well,  it was ready on time,  but it would have fit the Jolly Green Giant!  My husband was nice about it,  told me what a great job I did.  But I was not happy.  I wanted him to be able to wear it proudly.

After that I gave up on knitting. When my boys were little,  my mother made all their sweaters,  hats and mittens.   She is a wonderful knitter.

Then last Fall  Beth  By Hook, By Hand  posted about a little doll she knitted.  At the time I didn't have time to go and look at the link she shared.  I was busy with craft shows and the holidays.  After Christmas I went back and looked at it again.  It is adorable!  I followed the link and found Jean Greenhowe. These are some of the cutest knitted dolls I have ever seen.  So,  of course,  I had to try one.

Now remember,  I haven't knitted in over 40 years!

Here is my little one,  done just like the pattern says--------

What do you think? I love him and plan to make a lot more,  plus I have a number of the Jean Greenhowe patterns now and will make some of the other characters.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Doll make-over

One of my favorite things to do it to take an old doll and fix her up to be loved again!  My Pastor's wife wanted this little girl redressed.  It belonged to a daughter and they want to pass it on to a grand daughter.


The doll is not marked,  but it says GOTZ on the dress.


I think she came out great.  There are also three extra outfits that I did not take pictures of.