Is this little doll that I just made. She's for a project that I'll let you in on in a couple of weeks if all goes according to plan, but I couldn't wait on sharing the picture of her :) There'll be more details on yarns, etc. later.
I'm reblogging a picture because I have a question for you... What yarns do you like to use that are close to accurate skin tones?
This has been an ongoing search for me, and I'd like to post about yarns that have colors similar to skin tones that are useful. It doesn't matter what brand or fiber content it is, I'd love to hear from you on your favorite skin tone yarn & I'll start- mine is TLC Cotton Plus in tan.
That's the best tan color that I've been able to find. I'd love to find it in a wool, but for now a cotton/acrylic blend is what I have to use. I do have others that I like to use as well, and will share those, but it'll be a lot more fun to share what others have found and like to use as well, so please, speak up!
By the way, the top is a knit picks cotton blend, the middle are alpaca, and the bottom 3 are Cascade 220, but I'm seriously on the lookout for the perfect tan!
I've not really had much time the past couple of months to sit and relax and crochet. I did finish up two dolls for Plush You!- I made a mermaid and a bear boy.
I used Malabrigo kettle dyed worsted in Hollyhock for the mermaid's tail, Lamb’s Pride wool in roasted coffee & Paton’s silk bamboo in bark for the hair, TLC cotton plus for the skin, wool felt for the shells, 9mm safety eyes, and DMC satin embroidery floss for the shells & the seaweed that ties her hair back.
We'd gone out to Huntington beach for the day, so while the kids played, I got to finish up the embroidery, weave in all the ends and take some fun pictures.
I knew I wanted to do a mermaid and in a different color than the original, but took a while to decide on what color I actually wanted to do. I REALLY like the color I ended up using- it's Malabrigo kettle dyed worsted in Hollyhock, and while I thought there was more purple in it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's more of a magenta. Then this time around I embroidered the scales on the tail with a satin embroidery floss.
The little bear boy was made with Cascade 220 wool for the skin, Lamb’s Pride (in brown bear) wool for the body, 9mm safety eyes & DMC embroidery floss for the hair.
The color is a little off in the first picture, the one with the two of the bears is a more accurate representation. I wanted to take a picture with the Malabrigo bear from my pattern for scale- the only difference in the two bears was the brown yarn, and I went down a size with my crochet hook, but it made a noticeable difference. Nevertheless, he makes a cute little brother :)
I hadn't noticed how long it'd been since I last posted, but I'll try to update more often, especially now that the summer is winding down and *sniff, sniff* my little boy is starting Kindergarten on Tuesday. Once our routine is set I should have time to set time aside to crochet all the pattern ideas I have floating around in my head!
Thanks to everyone who let me in on some of their favorite names, it was really fun reading all the names and why you love them so much. I guess I should let you in on some of my favorites too! I have a little notebook that I've had forever and it has lists of names that I like at any given moment. Off the top of my head, I really like Asher and Ryan for boys and Rebekah, Kate and Liza for girls. It's interesting how many names from your favorites are in my notebook though!
So, again, thanks for entering everyone, and Josefin & Alissia check your email for the pattern!
First things first. Wow. I was really touched by everyone who commented on the last post or sent emails, I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of your kind words. We're still trying to figure things out on this end, and there will probably end up being some type of upheaval soon, but hopefully nothing too drastic.
Well, the cow girl pattern is now available. I've finally finished it, and the kinks have all been ironed out. I was waiting on someone to agree to let me use her name for the pattern, but unfortunately I never heard back, so instead I named her after my grandpa's sister Bess. It seems like a very cow-ish name to me.
I was going to include templates for the spots, but have decided that it's really a rather personal choice, I gave instruction, but every time I made templates for the spots I just didn't like them. There are templates for the ears and the udder, and for this one you should probably be familiar with a couple of embroidery stitches- the blanket stitch, and the detached chain stitch (click on the little magnifying glass next to each stitch to see illustrations of the stitch).
The pattern ended up being 7 pages long, with 14 images and 2 illustrations. To make this little girl, you'll need: C/2.5mm and E/3.5mm crochet hooks Worsted weight yarn in a flesh color, white and black Locking stitch markers Yarn & Embroidery needles DMC Embroidery floss in 310, 777, and 152 DMC perle cotton in tan Black & pink felt 6mm craft eyes polyfil/wool roving to stuff the cow girl!
ETA, I forgot to add that the pattern is available at both Etsy & Ravelry for those interested :)
A couple of other random things before getting down to the giveaway part...
I have a couple of dolls that I think I'm going to start working on soon, before I can get to them I have to make a couple of dolls for the Plush You! show up at Schmancy this fall. They're due next month and I'm not 100% certain which dolls I'm going to make.
Additionally, I just wanted to kind of purge a bit more and get off my chest that another reason I've been silent of late is that while most of the time I have awesome interactions with customers, there were a couple of VERY problematic ones last month that drug on and on that just sort of left me feeling burnt out. Hopefully by mentioning it, it'll stop lingering and let me just move on.
So, with that in mind, let's discuss the giveaway :)
To enter the contest, all you have to do to enter to win a free Bess pattern is leave a comment and tell me- What is your favorite name? And if you want to tell me why, that's always even more fun. Only one comment counts per person, and no comments will be entered after noon PST Wednesday.
I was taking pictures this afternoon for the pattern, and thought I'd share a couple with you.
I ended up embroidering her markings on her & prefer the way they look as opposed to crocheted ones.
It was a little frustrating trying to get all the stray tan fibers out of her hair, and the black ones off of her white suit. This time it'd probably have been better to use acrylic yarns because of all the fiber transfer, but I think she's still pretty cute :)
I think I want to take a couple more pictures tomorrow before I'm comfy with the amount I have for the pattern, but hopefully it'll be ready by Monday.
The pattern is finished up. Finally. I hadn't meant to take so long, but with going back to Iowa and the funeral and the aftermath, it's taken a bit of time to get back into a lighthearted mode. I do appreciate all the kind emails that I've received, it may be a while before I can reply to all of them, but I really, really appreciate them all!
This little guy is made of worsted weight yarn, with
embroidery floss, felt, 6 mm
craft/animal eyes & polyfil stuffing.
He's a little guy, standing at 5.5 inches tall at his straightest, but what he lacks in height, he more than makes up for in sweetness :)
I previously mentioned, if you leave a (1 per person) comment on this
post, you'll be entered to win his pattern! All you have to do is
leave a comment on what your favorite nut is. Another random question,
I really enjoyed reading all the answers last time! Oh, and if you can't wait, and purchase the pattern but still
want to enter, go right ahead. If you win, I'll refund your purchase :)
Comments to win the pattern will close in 3 days- May 8th at 11:29 pm PST.
His pattern will be available at Etsy & Ravely later in the day May 6th with an update in this post to reflect it.
I finished the doll this afternoon while hanging out in bed and nursing a horrid cold. I'm really pleased with the little collar, for some reason that's my favorite part. There are so many different types of dogs, and I was hesitant to make one since I wanted it looking like a dog (obviously), but I wasn't ever sure what kind. My own childhood dog was a dachshund, and I love them so hopefully this resembles our old Zoe. Or actually, hopefully it looks like a puppy! I have all the pictures for the pattern taken except the main pictures of the completed pup.
I'm hoping to get some good ones outside tomorrow but I'll be pretty busy. I have to go register my little guy for kindergarten & pack because we're headed to Iowa on Tuesday- my husband's grandmother passed this morning. It's very sad, but after all the pain she was in, we're thankful that she's finally gone home.
These are a quick little project that you can still make in time for Easter if you're so inclined :) I hadn't realized that Easter was this Sunday, so I wanted to do something fun and quick for my little one's Easter baskets.
As usual, make as many as you'd like to give away, but don't sell the eggs or pattern :) Please feel free to link here, and if you try out the pattern let me know how it works out, or you could add pictures to the Owlishly flickr group!