Flower girl

Millicent has been out and about in the garden at my mum’s, down in the rockery in the orchard climbing trees and smelling the flowers. I have completed her outfits and she is now ready for a new home. Go and find her in my Etsy shop if you fancy giving her that home.

 

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Pretty pockets

I loved the dungarees I made for Hannatu using the Meadowfinch pattern, so I decided Millicent (she has a name now) would have some pale denim ones. This time I thought I’d go for more detail on those lovely big patch pockets. There are so many wonderful embroidery pictures/patterns out there but I chose to base it on the flowers by Jane Brocket using lovely oranges and yellows. It’s a real pop of colour.

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and here is Millicent quietly waiting beside me

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London weekend

I’m in London with my son (Joe) this weekend, and the doll making doesn’t stop, I told you it’s an addiction. I can’t read in a car/coach makes me feel sick. However I can knit! I started the sleeve in Bristol and when I looked up, there I was in London.

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I have a membership to the V&A so that is where I often end up and today was the opening day of the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Personal objects of hers that had been locked away for 50 years on display. Usually I don’t take photos in museums I rather just absorb it, however the small Frida doll was just lovely. They’re not sure if it was made for her or she made it, but I love her.

 

I also dragged Joe to Liberty’s and indulged in four more beautiful prints, lucky dolls aren’t they?

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Coming to life

The doll I started at the seminar is slowly coming to life. My work shop was run by Dorota of Mum & Dot . A day and a half was spent creating the features. You can see here our little model for the day. I’m sorry it’s such a blurry photo.

And now here is my doll, she has no body but she’s patient!

I tried out the method of crocheting the cap and adding the weft at the same time as Meglena showed me. In fact I had two goes at it before I gave up and went back to my method. It’s slow, in two parts but I’m happy with the result.

Do you think she looks ‘different’ from the dolls I’ve made before? Here’s a quick side by side comparison.

Now you can meet Hannatu

She’s the little girl who has sat patiently next to me while I knit three different socks and binned them all! In the end she got short socks made with the delicious wool I got in the Netherlands. This is a new sock pattern I tried, still by Very Pink Knits , but using German short rows for the toe and heel. It is so much easier than the loop and wrap method.

Hannatu has two outfits, a sundress and head scarf with a denim jacket to got over it, and her dungarees. The dungaree pattern is by Meadowfinch the Hawthorn dungarees. I won the pattern in a facebook group competition, how exciting was that? The fabric is much more vibrant in ‘real’ life, I took this photo on a dull evening. The pattern was lovely, and don’t you just love those deep pockets?

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This little lady will be up for sale soon  – I just have to finish her listing, and maybe take a few pictures.