Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm in love

It's been awhile coming on. And honestly, you might think I was a bit old for this kind of love affair. I stumbled onto Waldorf dolls years ago, thinking they were darling but not putting much more thought into it. About a year ago, I found them again and fell madly in love. I started following doll makers on FB, hearting them on Etsy and reading everything I could find about making them. Supplies aren't exactly inexpensive, though. They're made with all natural supplies, lovely cotton skin, beautiful wool inside, wonderful wool yarn for hair. I bought a book a couple of months ago, Making Waldorf Dolls, and read through it a couple of times.

My favorite dolls are the larger limbed ones. Each doll maker does them a little differently, but they have similar aspects to them. Sage has latched onto my new little obsession and wanted to make one, too. So we decided to make this part of her schooling... feed the obsession, learn some skills, win-win situation. We bought enough for both of us to make dolls, and a little left over. I thought I might want to make more than one (yeah, I was right). I've been working on this little darling on and off for a couple of weeks. I've taken it slow, wanting to get it right. I also made a few mistakes and took things out. And when I was at the kids swim lessons or my fingers were tired from tiny needles, I'd grab my knitting needles and have made 3 or 4 doll sweaters.

***Little aside here, wool yarn is NOT cheap. I found some fun stuff on clearance at, but needed more. Have I mentioned that this might be turning into a slight obsession? So I went to Goodwill and found 4 or 5 wool sweaters which I've been taking apart. Bonus! The day I went all sweaters were 50% off. So I paid about $15 for probably $200 worth of yarn or more. It is a bit of a sneezy, eye-itching job to take them apart, but I figure it's well worth my time.***

As I've been working on her, Spencer has fallen in love, too. He hugs her and kisses her, it's pretty adorable. He's not as thrilled with her now that she has long hair, though. I'm thinking I need to make him a little boy version. And Sabrina is completely smitten with my sweet dolly, she carried her around all day yesterday.

I finally finished her. She's not perfect, I'm not exactly thrilled with her neck and her arms are a little on the long side. But then again, she has personality and she gives really good hugs. She has a sweet little sweater I knit mostly from this sweet pattern, and a frilly little skirt I just made up. She could use a blouse under the sweater and maybe some undies and shoes. But I couldn't wait to take her on a little photo shoot! After all that, you wanna see? I know you do! Here you go...

Tada! (She does still need a name. Any suggestions? Fred calls her Hippy Baby because she has pink hair.)And in case you wondered, dolly #2 is well underway... with a head made, face embroidered, and arms, belly and legs sewn and stuffed. Now I just need to put it together and decide if it'll be a boy or girl baby.


Anita said...

Oh my goodness she is adorable!!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous baby! Lauren asked, "is this my baby Maggie?"

Turena said... talented!!! it's darling...:) love t

Eileen said...

i needed more grandbabies!! what a cute girlie girl for my lititle girlie girls to play with. kinds of reminds me of that dolly i made for you years and years ago. love her hair. how about naming her Pinkie--that was what we called my friend with long strawberry blonde hair

Jenny said...

Wow! So adorable! She is really, super cute! Nice work!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 10 post on Apr. 01, 2011. Thanks again.

Johanna said... name for her would be Dollie...just the kind of name that every little girl can remember....Johanna