Does this technically even count as a project? I’m going to say it does, since it involved about 100% more crochet hook than my usual crafts. Crochet hooks are tricky little things! And of COURSE I insist on using the tiny one and the fingering weight yarn. But since this is just a crochet chain, it still didn’t take long.
This necklace may be simple, but it fills a very important role. It gives Willow something to grab while she nurses. Otherwise she’s distracted, looking around, and grabbing everything else she can reach.
The beads are silicone, I rescued them from a very ugly commercial nursing necklace that was too long to be functional. The yarn is handspun, it has sparkle in it which seemed appropriate for a necklace. It also has alpaca in it, and the halo may be a bit itchy. Time will tell if I can tolerate it or not. If I can’t, I can always rescue the beads again.
I managed to finish dolly’s outfit in time for Windsor’s birthday. Mostly. I mean, it was done but far from perfect.
Dolly’s hair was done in plenty of time. All her hair is sock yarn, so hopefully it’ll hold up well and not get fuzzy. It’s a combination of all three colors used in the Lady of Rohan shawl, along with some reds and a little bit of pink, brown, and white, just to make it variegated. I like the way it can be french braided.
I stitched up a little t-shirt out of jersey fabric. I solve the “I hate machine sewing jersey” problem by hand stitching the whole thing. It wasn’t too time consuming since the longest seam is 3 inches, and gave me a chance to do a little embroidery on the collar. Unfortunately dolly’s shirt is too big, but since she’s a doll she doesn’t mind. (see what I did there, ahh puns…)
Next came the sweater, knit out of some peace fleece DK. Instead of using standard sweater construction the “yoke” is a flat circle, because dolly’s shoulders have no slope. The shaping is perfect, but the whole sweater is too small by about 3 inches. I’m not sure what happened there (might be that I skipped the gauge swatch) but dolly, being a doll, doesn’t seem to mind.
The jeans have the same problem. It’s like I forgot dolly was three dimensional and would need fabric to go all the way around. The pant legs fit, but the seat doesn’t go over her dolly butt, or the body fabric that passes for a butt. Luckily, dolly doesn’t seem to mind this either.
And since Windsor doesn’t have the dexterity to put clothes on and take them off yet – she doesn’t seem to mind either.