Happy New Years everyone! I hope that 2013 is a great year.
I posted about knitting Young Elsie at the end of August. My plan was to make 3 dolls for Christmas. It was down to the wire on one doll! I finished a couple of days before Christmas. Not that it was difficult but it was time consuming given all the details.
I loved all the components that went into this doll and I got to try out a lot of techniques to make the various toys and accessories. I needed a bit of stuffing, paper, straws, and cardboard to bring it all together.
This was for my niece and the poor thing was wary of it as she was very tired and the doll is 16″! In time I hope she warms up to it though my sister was thrilled. My kids are each picking a doll out for themselves so I’ll be working on that this year. 🙂
When Rich and I were in England earlier this year I was introduced to Jean Greenhowe’s patterns for knitted doll figures. They are really adorable so when I got back I looked for them here. I was able to order a few books online and they came this week.
I am making this one for my 3 year old niece:
Turns out this is a lot easier to knit than Aran jumpers! Given that it’s mostly st-st go figure. 🙂 My kids love them too so hopefully I can get this one done quickly then make one each for my kids. There is a pirate I can do for my son and a cooking one I can do for my daughter.
I’ll post a picture of the finished project when completed.
Full disclosure, I may be one of the slowest knitters out there. Which would have caused my Grandma to shake her head in wonder as her fingers could fly. My dad has a long torso and he would come home and ask for a cricket jumper to be knitted. It would invariably be needed within the week and she would get it done. The first jumper I knitted was for my dad, it took me a few months and I would spend a few hours most days getting it done. Needless to say I’m in awe of what she could accomplish.
Soon after finishing that mum mentioned she would love a cardigan. So I went out and picked out a lovely purple yarn and found the pattern I thought she would like. After much effort I had about 6 inches done and we were traveling together. She pulled out her knitting and I noticed she was knitting with purple yarn as well, and wouldn’t you know it? She was knitting herself a cardigan in purple! Just as well as she got to wear hers for a few years before I completed this:
And I’m working on a new jumper for my husband in the same pattern as he really liked it:
It’s taking awhile. Good thing he isn’t growing! 🙂