Grandma taught me how to knit, but when she tried to teach me to crochet, I just couldn’t get it. So this year, instead of resolving to lose weight or walk/run more or stop eating candy, I decided to try something I actually might have a chance of achieving: Teach myself to crochet. The worst thing that could happen, it would just be another failed New Year’s resolution. Know what I mean?
With today’s technology and information available online, it turned out to be a piece of cake…well… not that easy, but easier than it was before. Sorry Grandma.
With the help of the awesome tutorials found here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/category/video-tutorials/ I can now call myself a ‘Crocheter.’ I’m not just a Knitter anymore. I officially started on January 25, 2015. After some failed attempts, I was able to do this: [please ignore the mistakes]
While I’m not a big fan of thick yarn and big needles, using the larger size made it easier to see the stitches and understand what I was doing to create them.
And here are a few more projects I’ve managed to complete:
After one month, I got a little smaller and a little more creative.
For perspective on the size of this “rug,” that little fairy helping me out is less than 4 inches tall.
And almost two months later, this colorful vest is the latest project, just completed last night. It’s actually a pattern I found online for a little girl’s vest. And I modified it to fit my doll, because that’s what I do.😛
This summer I have been doing a lot of knitting, for humans and dolls alike. I have the sore wrist to prove it, too. But it doesn’t stop me. A little heat, a little ice, some exercises, and the needles are singing again.
Recently, I’ve become obsessed with knitting lacy shawls. The more intricate the design and thinner the yarn, the better I like it. I discovered a great shawl knit pattern designer on Ravelry: Alina Appasov. Her shawls are designed using lace weight yarn. I’m slowly working on buying and knitting them all. But there are lots of wonderful patterns that are FREE on Ravelry too.
Here is one example of a free shawl pattern on Ravelry, called Echo Flower.
I stumbled on some gorgeous silk lace weight yarn, as well. This stuff feels so good when knitting with it, and the shawls drape just beautifully. This shawl was knit in lace weight Mulberry Queen Silk.
In my last post, I shared with you my adventures in assembling a 57 cm BJD. She now has a head, eyes and her hands. However, she is still without hair and a face-up. But I think she is beautiful in the bald, just the same. I think her name is Phoebe.
Her dress was made by a lovely lady in the UK. It fits Phoebe perfectly.
Her sweater was knit by me a year ago or more, based on a pattern by Cynthia Berrier. I could have sworn I knit this in a small (MSD) size, but it seems to fit Phoebe as if I knit it specially for her (Yes, it is a 3/4 sleeve). You can’t see it really well, but there are some flowers in the fabric in the same color as the sweater.
One day, in the not-too-distant past, I felt adventurous and purchased an unassembled SD size BJD body, specifically a Doll-In-Mind Love body, 57 cm tall. In english, that’s almost 22.5 inches tall. The following post is the story of Monica Frankenstein and the body she created from pieces.
Step 1. Did a little research. In this case, I looked at some pictures online in my favorite forums.
Step 2. Got all the body pieces, and my version of assembling “tools”.
Step 2. Start with the arms. Got the arms on. Whew! That took strength and assistance from the Daughter.
Oh no! Do elbows bend that way? I even bent my own elbow to make sure. (More research.) Dang! Wrong way.
This cute little short-sleeved sweater is based on another pattern by DollsWest Designs, called Summer Tease. It’s easy to knit, even with the cable stitches. But I also wanted a simple t-shirt, so I just did the ribbing all the way through on this one. I used Perl Cotton. The cute little “tee” works great under other sweaters, with jeans, skirts, you name it. It fits a wide variety of MSD BJDs.
My Planetdoll Tara [43 cm] is wearing this t-shirt with her favorite jeans, and is tickled that it goes with her orange hair and glasses.
So, the question is: “Orange you glad there’s orange?“
I’m working on a outfit for my BJDs – mostly knitted pieces. I decided to try some fingerless mittens/ gloves to add as accessories. We’re talking tiny hands here, but not the tiniest mittens I’ve ever knit. Tiniest on 4 needles though.
Off the Cuff
This is only the cuff – 8 rows of k2 p2 ribbing, using lace weight yarn and US size needles 5.5/0 – that’s .90 mm. Like knitting with straight pins.
Now comes the thumb – half of it anyway. Still using 5.5/0 needles and 12 stitches, I knit 4 rows to make the half thumb. This was harder than the hand part of the mitten, obviously. Try manipulating 4 slippery needles with 2 fingers, cause that’s all you have room for.
This the finished mitt. Still need to decide on how to embellish them.
My Tiniest Mittens
These tiny little mittens were made to fit a BJD 15.5 cm (6.10 inches) tall.