Tag Archive | Doll Hair

Limbs Everywhere!

I haven’t been crocheting at home lately. The bulk of my projects have been at work. By the time I get home, I make dinner, watch a little news, and fall asleep. Playing with kids all day is exhausting! Every now and then I feel guilty that I have abandoned all my projects and I pick up my crocodile stitch cloak I’ve been working on (forever) but that’s been about it.

Then, while I was working on my computer, out of the corner of my eye, I saw one of my craft bags. In my craft bag I saw crochet limbs through the mesh side pockets. I’ve been seeing those limbs for months now but they hadn’t caught my attention…until now. I had to make a body for those limbs asap! I don’t know why I become obsessed with certain crochet projects at certain times but when I do, I just go with it.

I had two sets if disembodied arms and legs. One leg was already stuffed. I couldn’t find the exact color of yarn to match the parts but I had something that was close enough. Instead of making the separate body parts like I usually do, I felt bold and decided to try something different.

I attached the new yarn to the opening of one of the legs and single crocheted around. Before finishing the round, I picked up the other leg and crocheted around that one and then single crocheted a tube for the body. A little shaping in the waist area with some decreases and I was on my way to finishing the body. After a few more decreases in the neck area, I had to decide if I wanted to keep going and make the rest in one piece or stop and make the head separately. I opted to keep going.

The arms seemed a little short so I added a few more rows with the yarn of almost the same color. It ended up looking like this:

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I can’t see anything! Where’s my face?

I’m not sure what I want this one to look like yet but she (my dolls tend to be girls) did get a face.

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Now I need some clothes!

Hopefully she won’t wait too long to grow some hair and get a wardrobe!

Freebie Friday – Thanksgiving!

Since I love dolls, I thought a cute pair of pilgrims would make an excellent Friday Freebie. I found these cuties on the Red Heart web site. They have a ton of great patterns. These two seem like they’ll be fun to make.

Pilgrim Pair

The link to the pattern here!

Here’s another cute couple.

But what’s Thanksgiving without a turkey. I might actually make these.

Turkey-Coasters

Pattern can be found here!

I am not affiliated with any websites nor do I make any money from these sites. They are simply patterns I like or would like to try myself.

Frozen Anna Crochet Doll Work in Progress

Once I finished my Elsa doll, everyone  asked me where the Anna doll was. I put it off for a bit but I started working on her yesterday.

I’m off from work for the summer so I have a little more time on my hands. That’s how I was able to finish the dog sweater and that’s how I’ve been able to work on Anna. Now that I have some free time, I’m trying to catch up on all those little things I never have time for, like cleaning out my hall closet. A task I’ve been trying to get to for months. Steaming cleaning my carpet is a task I’ve been telling myself I would take care of in the summer. Deep cleaning my house, organizing my computer files, writing my blog :-), finish editing my book, set up my Etsy shop, create things for an Etsy shop, blah, blah, blah. So far I’ve done laundry, read some books, finished a dog sweater (which I’m happy about) and started the Anna doll. Not too bad but not so great either. Now that I have more time, I feel like I don’t want to do anything. I gave myself a break by telling myself that it was fine to be lazy my first week off from work. I spent a whole day and part of the next making that sweater while watching my stories. I was so conflicted! On the one hand, I was ‘working’ on a creation that hones my craft but on the other hand I was watching TV all day while making it. Then I started on Anna and told myself I would only work on her for a few hours and ended up working on her all day too! Oh well 🙂 It was my lazy week so that makes it fine, I just have to run around the block a few times to shake off the atrophy that settled in. lol.

I finished the doll head and it turned out smaller than the Elsa doll. Not a problem since she’s her ‘little’ sister.  I went looking in my stash for the perfect yarn for her hair and found something I liked. It’s Patons Metallic yarn in copper. I bought three skeins of this yarn in different colors because it looked and felt so pretty. It has a nice, shiny, metallic look to it. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I couldn’t pass it up since I had a 50% off coupon. Normally I make the body parts first, assemble the doll and then make the hair but I couldn’t wait. I did make the torso and attached it so I had a reference for the length of the hair. I loved the feel of the yarn and wanted to get started right away. I cut it into long strands and realized something was wrong. I’m no expert in yarn properties and the yarn wasn’t turning out like I thought it would. I cut the yarn into strands and noticed these little copper flecks all over me and where the yarn was cut, there was black wool sticking out and sometimes falling off. The ends of each cut strand were going to be a problem. I was already committed so I hoped for the best and started attaching the hair. That’s when I discovered the yarn required that I use a lot of it in order to look good. That meant it would be more time-consuming to attach. When I was done, I was covered in copper particles but the doll looked good so it wasn’t a total loss. I’m just concerned that over time the ends of hair will continue to fray. It snags quite easily too. I still love the yarn but  I now know it’s definitely not good for doll hair, at least not the way I use it.

I started making the arms and realized that Anna’s dress has a blue sweater/shirt underneath so I changed gears and decided to make the arms in blue instead of making a separate shirt. I wish I had made the top part of the body in blue but now I need to make a separate piece for the undershirt for the torso part. I’ve seen what others have done for the dress and they are amazing. Hopefully I can meet the challenge.

I’m not sure how much she looks like Anna but I still think she’s pretty. Here’s the road so far:

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Sister’s New Crochet Baby Doll

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So I finished making my sister’s baby doll. I promised I’d make one for her and then made the Elsa doll instead. There is a bright side to waiting, though (at least that’s what I keep telling her). I practiced some techniques on Elsa that helped me with this doll. I’m getting better at making fingers, for one, and I tried my hand at color work instead of a hair cap for another.

I believe all my dolls to be special but since this one is going to my sister, I wanted to make sure she is worthy of going to her. This one is truly a labor of love since she is going to someone I really, really love. Continue reading

Challenge Accepted!

Today I was thinking about how grateful I am when my family and friends challenge me to make or try something I’ve never tried before. Of course, at the time of said challenge, I’m usually annoyed that they don’t leave me alone in my complacency. My daughter is the most guilty of this by always wanting something I’ve never done before or wanting something I’ve done but in a different way. I tend to throw her a look that’s pure annoyance because I know it is going to be work to get the results she wants. Hours spent researching stitches, techniques, and experimentation goes drifting through my brain. I usually respond with a skeptical, “We’ll see,” each knowing full well I’ll eventually try it. I’m always happy I rise to the challenge because, in the end, I finish with a brand new bag of tricks that enhance my future projects.

Case in point, she wanted a doll. Great, I thought, I make dolls! Easy peezy. But wait! She wanted a gothic doll…and with wings no less! She sent me these cute illustrations of what she wanted. I saw these beauties and wondered if I could meet her high expectations.

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Mini Me Complete

Mini Me’s Adventures

Mini Me is finally complete and she was so much fun to make. And apparently she was fun to play with. It’s always a good sign when people want to play with or cuddle the dolls I make. I was visiting my sister while working on Mini Me. Her hair was finished and I was going to make her outfit. As usual, I told my sister that I brought my crochet stuff in case she bored me and I needed something to do (this is tongue-in-cheek, she never bores me 🙂 )Before her outfit was complete, my sister grabbed the doll and kept making cutsie faces at it (she would never admit this of course and would probably call me a liar). Then, she started braiding her hair.

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My sister couldn’t help self. She just had to braid her hair.

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She did a great job!

Worst of all, she kept giving me advice on her outfit. It should be this color not that color. The skirt should go like this and not like that. You get the idea. Since I consider myself a smart person, I listened. It’s a good thing I did because the outfit was a big hit.

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