Dearest Little T

Dearest Little T,

Two days before I went into the hospital to give birth to my little Fraggle, your sweet mama was giving birth to you. It was uncanny how similar our circumstances were – we both had high blood pressure and had to be induced, we each came through our trials with a beautiful baby girl to show for it.

Two baby girls and two mothers who were bedridden with high blood pressure. Two friends unable to help the other. Two lives beginning in more than a few frustrated tears. Your mother and I spent our pregnancy’s together with weekly knitting sessions and lots of dreaming about when our girls would come. It didn’t quite go down the way we thought at first, but here we are one year out, and I couldn’t be happier.

I have so enjoyed our weekly get togethers since you and The Fraggle were born. Watching the two of you grow and change so fast, watching you learn new things and explore the world around you, has been such a joy. Even some of the comparisons give me pleasure (you may be talking up a storm, but The Fraggle will walk first! HA!).

So, this year for your birthday, your first birthday, I wanted to make something special for you.

Go ahead, open it!

Okay, let me tell you about it. The shoes first.

When I showed your Mama the pattern for these shoes, I am almost sure that she swooned, so I knew you had to have a pair. Someday you may understand how much I love you when I say that these were crocheted (huge sacrifice on my part). I used some bits of Knit Picks cotton for the colored sections because I thought it would be sturdy and that you’d like the pink. The soles are made of jute twine so that you can wear them outside. (Ravelry project page here)

The shoes really are the main gift, but not so fun for you, right? I confess that I mostly made those for your mom. The doll is for you.

She is made of wool and muslin and cotton floss. She is stuffed with wool and potpurri that should help you sleep if you cozy up to her and breath in her sweet scent. But the best part is her hair. I know how you love hair, so I gave her a lot. Feel free to pull, tug, and frizz it up because she comes with a lifetime hair replacement guarantee. Whenever her hair gets pulled out or worn to wisps, just bring her by and I will needle felt a new wig for her lickety-split.

Oh, and the bag it was wrapped in should make a perfect purse for your little hands.

I am so excited about the years to come, My Dear. I hope that you and The Fraggle will become the best of friends as your mama and I grow closer as well. I also hope that someday the two of you will sit and knit with us (that would be so cool!).

Happy Birthday, Little T.

S.

Doll Hair – A Quick and Dirty Tutorial

Okay – I don’t have a doll in progress, so I threw this together for you quick and dirty.

First, decide how long you want your doll’s hair to be, then find a flat item that is about that width. I have used CD cases or small books, or even some paper folded to the right width. Here I am using a wide ruler. You will also need scissors, scotch tape, a sewing machine, a needle, and lots of yarn.
Wrap your yarn around it a lot. Then wrap some more. You can always take some off later. It helps if you know the measurement of the dolls head from the forehead hairline to the nape of the neck. That is how wide you want your swath to be.
I didn’t make this example very wide. You will want more than this – wide enough to cover from forehead to nape of the neck on your doll. Now, cut your end and put a strip of scotch tape across the front.
Turn it over and cut it at the same point in back that your tape is in front, so that both sides are the same length from the tape.
Now it looks like this-
If you have a lot and the tape isn’t holding it well enough, put another piece of tape on the other side so that the yarn is held straight.
Now, sew a seam along the middle of the tape.
So that it looks like this –
(obviously you will want to use matching thread so that it doesn’t show). The sewing perforates the tape so that it comes off easily when you tear it off.
Make two of these.
To attach to the head, use your yarn and a needle and line the seam up with where the dolls part would be and sew it on right down the center. Stitch it securely down the length of the seam, from forehead to nape of the neck.
Sew on the second piece, lining up the seam up with the hairline around the face.
Obviously, my piece is not wide enough. Yours should frame the entire face. When you are done, flip the “bangs” part back and style the hair in pony tails or braids as you please.
 
You could even cut bangs if you wanted to. I haven’t tried that, yet.
These are the dolls that I have used this technique on.
Long braids in lace weight yarn.
Short pony tails in fingering weight.
And even a pony mane.
Inspiration for my technique was found here. She tells in better detail how to measure the head. I just eyeball it. 🙂
Enjoy your wig making!

Babies for My Babies

My two littlest girls both have birthdays at the end of this month.

And I am having a baby… this month.

So, I got a head-start on it and made these for birthday gifts.

The purple baby is for The Princess and the pink is for The Munchkin.

Then, I made them little moses baskets to keep their babies in.

With little receiving blankets that The Dancing Queen helped sew.

Now, when I say “little”, I mean little. The babies are 6 1/2″ from top to toe.

This was a very satisfying project and I cannot wait to give them to my Girlies.

They are going to be thrilled!

See my Ravelry Project page for details on the babies and on the baskets.