Back to Work!
Yikes! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted in this blog. Naughty me!
But I have been busy. And I promise to be better at posting in future.
What have I been up to? I’ve been playing with my dolls. I just haven’t been taking photos or getting my patterns written up in final form. I’ve got many of them nearly finished.
As I’ve said before, I’m a Butterfly Brain. I get distracted easily. I’ve got UFOs all over the house and have to discipline myself to not start yet another one.
So now I am training myself to finish things. It’s not going smoothly yet, but I have got a couple of designs finished and more nearly finished. Today I put my Ivory Filigree pattern up on Ravelry. You can see it at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ivory-filigree .
So what have I been up to? Here’s a few photos.
I love working with sock yarn and it works so well with dolls.
And these nighties work up nice in baby yarn or sock yarn. Very addictive pattern! Can’t stop making it.
And this is one of my favorite crochet patterns. Finally stopped making “test” copies and the pattern is now available.
So, back to the knitting needles and the crochet hooks to finish up some of my other UFOs. I’ll keep you posted!
Christmas was great and the break was welcome, but it’s time for me to get back to my hooks and needles again.
I have a couple of designs that are just about ready to put in my shop.
The first is a basic top-down knit cardigan for an 18 inch doll. It’s out for a final check by my test knitter and should be ready to go soon.
Here’s a photo:
I’m also just finishing up a frilly gown for 11.5 inch fashion dolls crocheted in size 10 cotton. I’ve called this one Ivory Filigree because that’s what it reminds me of. It’s also gorgeous in other colours. I’ll have a photo of a lovely claret version shortly.
I’ve got lots of plans for 2017. There’s lots of yarn and thread to use up and my muse keeps tapping me on the shoulder with projects I’m itching to work on. Watch this space!
I’ve been a bit AWOL lately due to some health issues. Getting back on track now.
I’ve got two sweaters for 18 inch dolls in the final testing stage. You’ve seen the sweater with moss stitch trim. That’s nearly ready. I am also finishing up a basic cardigan pattern for an 18 inch doll. Here is a teaser photo to show you what it looks like.
Very basic. A quick knit when your doll needs something in a hurry. Also easy for beginners. I have gathered up my needles and yarn for the final test of the patterns and hope to have both in my shop in the next few days.
And then I have some crochet patterns for Barbie type dolls that my fingers are itching to play with. More about those later.
I’m still playing with granny squares. I wanted to make a purple blanket but I wanted a square that was just a little bit different.
I have spent several days browsing through my patterns, looking at images on Google, Printerest and Ravelry and couldn’t find what I wanted.
So, last night I sat down with the idea in my head of what I wanted and made up my own. I didn’t want a square that was too lacy, but I did want one with a little bit of something different. Not too much – just a little.
So what I came up with was my Simple Flower Granny Square. Here’s a few squares, in different shades of purple, to get the pile growing for the purple blanket. I’m keeping that one for myself!
One of the problems I find as a designer is that I have too many ideas in my head at once. I read a meme the other day that said:
“If you want to know what a creative person’s mind feels like, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open. All. The. Time.”
That pretty much describes me. I call it “Butterfly Brain” because I flit around all over the place at times.
I have finally found a way to control my hopping from project to project by making granny squares. Yes, the humble old standby, the granny square. I have a tendency to get seduced by colours. I see a ball of yarn and I HAVE TO do something with it. I know, I need impulse control. But letting myself play is so much more fun.
So … here comes the granny square to the rescue. I allow myself to play with a colour by making a granny square or two just to let that gorgeous colour play through my fingers awhile.
Then I can go back to that doll sweater design that I really want to finish this week.
The granny squares are not wasted. I have several piles of them. The purple ones – the bright jewel ones – the ones that will end up with a black joining colour and the ones that will end up with a white joining colour. I will make all these blankets and get that colour thing out of my system so I can get back to work.
And I’ve solved the problem of what to do with all those blankets that will eventually begin to pile up on the shelf. My weekly craft group seeks out charities that need these blankets. A real Win/Win solution.
Now back to that doll sweater. I am playing with a gorgeous pastel colour mix that is working up really cute. I’ll put up photos soon.
I’ve got so many projects in my head, in bags here and there, on the hook and needles. I’m learning to focus on one project at a time. So far so good.
At the moment my project is knitted sweaters for 18 inch dolls.
This is my “Sweater with Moss Stitch Trim” modelled on a Journey Girl doll which is similar in size to an American Girl doll, but a bit slimmer.
The pattern is in the testing stage at the moment and should be ready to put in my shop shortly.
After that I will be working on a Basic Sweater for 18 inch dolls. I have a lot of multicoloured yarn in my stash and this will be a way to make good use of some of it.
And I’m not forgetting my Barbie dolls. I have a whole pile of those to get tested and ready to post. Some of these were published in magazines a few years ago. I will be updating the designs and offering them in the future.
There’s an awesome amount of work ahead of me but I’m looking forward to it. It’s not work, is it, when it’s such fun?
And I must introduce you to my helper. The one who makes sure I don’t sit in my chair all day because I have to open the door, feed the kitty, pet the kitty. You know how it goes. Meet Jazz! Attacking the chair – one of her favourite games.
I’ve been meaning to start this blog for absolutely ages, but have put it off waiting until I could get it “perfect”. That isn’t going to happen. So, bear with me while I natter on about my world.
I have a few interests that I’d like to share with everyone. Firstly I design crochet, knitting and tatting patterns. I will eventually have a shop where I will sell some of these, but I also have some that I will share with my blog readers.
The first is my Quick Crochet Booties pattern. It has been recently tested by Cheryl and Loreal. You can find it here.
Please bear with me while I try to figure out how to do things on this blog. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’ll be working at it.
Mary B from Oz