Monday, April 26, 2010

Sock to Sweater

Delilah's fabulous new sweater started out as a ladies' patterned sock. Some clever cutting and sewing and without too much time or fuss there is a new addition to her wardrobe.

Delilah's wearing new knee socks too, though you can barely see them, covered up as they are by the jeans. I made the little socks by adapting the same sewing pattern that I used for the tights I showed yesterday. She was tired of the Don Johnson, no socks look!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

If I Had Known

If I had known how much fun I'd have creating clothing for a doll and posing her I'd have bought one years ago.

I sewed up 5 pairs of doll tights this afternoon. There's a black pair, a pink pair, a white pair and two grey pairs. One of the grey pairs will be given to my daughter for her doll, Ellowyne.

Now Delilah needs some new clothes to go with the tights. I have so many ideas whirring around in my head!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Delilah Has a Visitor

A gift of a matching, crocheted, linen bikini for Delilah's new friend, Ellowyne!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Move Over!

Move over weaving, sewing wants some space. I've been back sewing a bit lately but the kitchen table is just SO inconvenient! I'm tired of spending more time digging out, setting up and taking down my sewing equipment than it actually takes to sew something.

The floor loom has been pushed against the wall at one side of the small room so that there is space to set up some sewing equipment for a while. Juggling a multitude of hobbies really causes some space issues!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Say Hello To Delilah

Say hello to Delilah. She's the perfect knitters' friend. She never complains that a style doesn't suit her, that the colour is wrong, that the yarn is too scratchy, that the sweater is too warm. . . . or not warm enough. She's never demanding and always pleased when she gets something new.

She arrived today wearing her school uniform and was ever so grateful to change into her welcome home gift, a Daniel Bingham tunic style vest which I hand knit for her, and a coordinating pair of black, stretchy jeans.

Always quick to add her own personal touch she rooted through her bags and found her velvet tux jacket and school neck tie. Perfect!

Do say hello if you have the time. She's a friendly girl and she's such fun to knit and sew for that I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot of her.

Tiny Time Gobbler

Sometimes a tiny project doesn't necessarily mean a quick project. It isn't when you are knitting laceweight yarn at 12 stitches to the inch on 1.5 mm needles (#00 American)!

This work in progress is the Daniel Bingham Tunic Vest for a 16" fashion doll.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Shared Interest

My daughter and I have a recently acquired, common interest. You might even say it's become a bit of an obsession! We're having the greatest fun creating clothes for collector type dolls.

This is her doll, Ellowyne Wilde. The outfit Ellowyne is wearing was a bit of a shared endeavour. Kristy knit the awesome 1/4 scale sweater using a "human sized" sweater pattern scaled down by using much finer yarn and needles. But Ellowyne still needed some sort of pants to wear during her photo shoot so I quickly sewed up the stretchy "jeggings" (a jeans/leggings hybrid) using fabric scraps I had in my stash.

With any luck my doll will be arriving early next week. I just checked the tracker and she cleared customs late last night. Woo hoo!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Barbie's Wedding Dress

A crocheted wedding dress for Barbie!

On a whim I joined a knit or crochet "along" on Ravelry. The theme is "Barbie wedding" and the idea is to start in May, but true to form I never waited for the official start. Truth is I've never been much for group participation like that and I always end up doing my own thing. I already had the pattern and the 10/2 tencel in my stash so I got started. It took longer than I expected, but less than a week.

I love the little details, all the way from a beaded and beribboned headdress with pale pink veil down to a tulle crinoline and cute little beaded garter. Great fun. I may have to do this again some day.

It's a bit too delicate for my 3 year old granddaughter, Kaylen, right now so I think I'll get a doll stand and put it on display in my craft room until she and her little sister are old enough to handle it with care.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Miralda Grows

Work on the handspun Miralda shawl slowly continues. I find that I'm working on it in spurts, between other projects and commitments.

Of course knitted lace never looks like much until then end when it is properly blocked. My camera is not picking up the true colour either, which is darker, has more variation and depth, and is more of an earthy, forest green.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


I've been working on this little 1/4 scale dressmaker's dummy,

complete with a stand,

In preparation for knitting and sewing 1/4 scale clothes for a 16" fashion doll.

That's the plan anyway.

Pattern for the dress form was purchased at Lyn Warings website.