Sometimes I finish something

Last week I started at least three different projects, but I also finally finished one.


I used yarn that I had bought years ago to crochet a poncho with. I kept forgetting the pattern and made mistake after mistake. So I pulled out what I had made so far (not much) and started an easier pattern, one that I had tried before and that looked nice. 

I made a very long scarf (I am very tall so most scarfs don't fit me that well). And I made wrist warmers using the same yarn and stitch, but I made up the pattern myself (not that hard).

I would love to make more of these to sell, so let me know if you'd be interested.


From my great grandmother's sewing basket...

My great grandmother's sewing basket is like a treasure chest. Although I would like to keep it intact, I also like using the materials that she collected and used herself.


Making a companion

Making one doll is one thing, but making another... that's a whole new challenge. I was eager to see what would happen with a new batch of wool. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to create a more pronounced nose.

Very quickly a character appears. I have no real control over it.

At this point I am still convinced I am creating a girl. Albeit an older one...

She's not a very pretty one. She reminds me of a friend of the family, so I start calling her Ruth.

She's waiting for me to finish her hand.

But then something shifts. It happens when I am working on the hair. This rather ugly girl turns out to be a boy.

 I think they look rather beautiful together.


Making a felt doll

Last week I started working with wool and a needle. A sweet face grew in my hands. I draped some soft wool around her head to see what she would look like with hair.
Then I created a hand. You can see the needle I am using to prick the wool into a firm shape.
Little by little her body is coming together. 
It's very difficult to make two identical hands. Wool kind of has a mind of its own. Hard to control. I just have to let it happen.
Her legs and body before I started to work them into felt. 
Wonderful surprise! She can stand on her own.
I gave her beautiful soft long hair. And now I am working on how to style it.
After working on her for three days in a row, I decided to leave her like this for awhile to see what will come to me next. I am too afraid to 'overwork' her.