My Pidgin doll, Callie, is quickly amassing a bigger knit wardrobe than I have. :)
I knit this raglan sweater for her on size 4 US DPNs, using Woolike Simli-Laine yarn in a burgundy color. (This has become my "go to" yarn for knitting doll items, lately. It has a bit of stretch, and the colors are perfect for fall.)
I used The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater worksheet provided by Woolworks.org. I was a bit nervous the cuffs and neckline wouldn't fit over fingers and neck by the time I was done, but the pattern definitely works!
I did a very simple neckline on this one, knitting in stockinette stitch for ten rounds, and letting "stockinette curl" do its thing. Next sweater I will try a ribbed neckline, and maybe short sleeves.
Of course, my lovely Callie is a custom made Pidgin doll from the very talented (and very nice!) Joshua David McKenney. I still need to do a proper review, and hope to get to it this weekend. I've had her nearly two weeks, and love her even more than I thought I would when I decided two years ago that the Pidgin doll was "the one". :)
I received my gorgeous, one of a kind, Pidgin (www.pidgindoll.com) doll last week, and have been busy knitting her a hat, a scarf, and a sweater. I still need to do a full review of her, but for now, here are some sweet pics of her with my Steven Monster. :)
It's great to have miniature copies of classic novels, and favorite books for your dolls to be reading in photo stories, or in dioramas. One of my favorite miniature book makers for twelve inch fashion doll size is Poppy's Petites on Etsy. She can make a miniature version of pretty much any book you can find, for reasonable rates, too.
But I haven't really found a source for 1/3 sized doll miniature books. Plus, there are times when I just want parody, and then see how long it takes someone to notice.
So I have created my very first fake book cover, with plans for more as sleep deprivation inspires. I have a couple of other ideas in my head right now, and hope to make them up within the next week. At that point, I will launch a new section in my Etsy store, Fake Book Covers.
Here is a preview of the first "classic": Disinterest In The Days Of Dysentery by Notta Realwriter.
I have had the Poppy Parker from the Barefoot In The Park, The Bratter Lover's set for a while now. I love the Poppy Parker sculpts just by default, but I do have a preference for the ones with very dark brunette hair, and definitely the ones with bright red hair.
I know I will never be able to get my "grail" Poppy Parker red head, which is the Sweet In Switzerland, but I think I can get pretty close to it myself.
I just have to be brave enough, and patient enough, to do a full re-root on my Bratter Lover's doll.
First step was getting the color I wanted. I went to tried and true RestoreDoll.com, and went straight for the Katsilk Saran section. I have done partial re-roots on dolls years ago, and this was the hair I used. The price is right, shipping is reasonable and very quick, and the customer service is exceptional. What I really love about them is their willingness to make a custom blended hair color. The color I went with is a blend of More Titan, Mahogany, and Grant A Wish. The fact they are willing to make a custom blend with a color that's already a custom blend is what puts them over the top for me.
The Bratter Lover's doll has a strawberry blonde color, with bangs. I've never been a fan of bangs on my dolls, most likely because of some deep rooted childhood issues involving my mother. I know this is a doll meant to look like a character, and as far as bangs go they look alright on her. But I just haven't been as happy with her as I know I should be with a Poppy Parker doll.
So, she will become a red head, without bangs, and hopefully will not end up permanently damaged by my efforts! All my re-roots before didn't require me to remove the doll's head. This one will. I will be watching a lot of tutorials first before I take that step!