handmade doll

I am very proud of my little hand sewn doll, Dolly. I made her many months ago, before christmas, I think. I still haven’t made the right thing for her to wear, though I did try knitting her a dress. Still working on her wardrobe. I rarely sew but after having worked on this, I know I would like to do it more often. It’s a really gratifying craft. The best part was sewing her yarn hair onto her head. The worst part was messing up on her face embroidery so you can see the end of the dark thread behind the light fabric. The fabric was a fairly sheer small floral print.

handmade doll

The yarn was some of the first yarn I had ever spun, a fleece artist dyed merino wool. I think this might have been the first hand-painted roving I had ever spun. I love the colours! Her hair also has a slight kink in it because it was knitted and unraveled before becoming hair. I love hand-spun as doll hair. I also like to use it as a replacement for ribbon on presents. What do you use hand-spun yarn for (aside from knitting, weaving, etc)?

I also photographed a tiny ball of yarn in this extreme close-up picture:

It is a really pretty light aqua/ turquoise with some dark gray. This corriedale wool came as a bonus with my order from Maisy Day Handspun. I plan on eventually using it in some weaving.

This is the other half of the braid of fiber the yarns spun in yesterday’s post came from:
hand dyed merino wool

Pretty, colourful hand-painted merino wool from alchemy fiber arts. I am still not quite sure how I want to spin this yarn.


Embroidered Galaxy

I came across some embroidery I had done a few years ago in an art supply drawer. I sewed a few galaxies/ mandalas onto this purple velour shirt. The shirt wasn’t very attractive but the fabric became a great backdrop to this outer-space-inspired embroidery.

Diagonal Stripes Tea Cozy
tea cozy

Here I am so far with my Valentine’s tea cozy. Stranding colours is fairly slow-going work. But, I am learning so much during the process and am knitting with one colour in each hand. Pretty cool! This method speeds things up quite a bit and after working at it for a while, I look back on what I’ve done and am impressed by how much I’ve accomplished. I am getting more and more comfortable as I go with knitting continental-style (holding yarn in my left hand).

For an online video tutorial of stranded knitting including and many other tutorials, check out KnittingHelp.com. What a great resource! The demonstration knitter talks you through the process as well as showing you a few different methods.