pattern: Tulip Doll from Caffaknitted
yarn: well, the gold colour was Paton's Classic merino...the beigey skin tone, I'm not so sure...likely a Paton's blend of some kind (Canadiana?). I took it from my stash of catnip toy yarn (which I think I also originally stole from my mom's stash!).
No real modifications...in the end I switched out all butons for some knitted bobbles instead (and felt "buttons" on her shoes) mostly in an effort to remove any choking hazards for my friend's baby.
Ok, I love her SO MUCH. She actually looks kinda like my friend Jaye, and she's the first real "toy" that I've ever knit (I'm not counting catnip toys...), and she was a breeze. I really appreciate that all of the embellishments were made of felt...having seen my mom cursing over knitting HAIR for dolls --uh, no thanks. And I love her visible stitching --very Tim Burton-esque.
She's kind of Sally from "the Nightmare before Christmas", meets Blythe in the 1940's. And my friend Marnie who's daughter little miss Roxy is for actually collects Blythes, so I knew it'd be a hit.
I love her matching undies:
(yes, I was still in my jammers when I took that pic...)
And I actually have a tip to share, courtesy of my mother. I had stuffed each piece individually prior to assembling, and even though it seemed like I had crammed oodles of stuffing into her, it really wasn't nearly enough, and likely would have compacted that much more over time. And I was loathe to rip her apart and re-stuff and re-sew. So, Mom to the rescue...it never really occured to me to poke extra stuffing in through a loose stitch (a decrease stitch works well) until she kind of gave me that "well, duh" moment. It's amazing how much extra stuffing you can cram in a little bit at a time.
(tho this pic does look a bit gruesome as result, doesn't it?)
If you get a chance check out all the other dolls that Caffaknitted has done on her ravelry page...they're all amazing --monsters and dollies alike, and they're my favourite kind of stuffed creatures --sweet, melancholy misfits.
I pretty much had to get her out of the house as soon as she was done, otherwise I would have kept her forever. As it was I took about a hundred pictures of her in different poses. I find her totally charming and think I need to either make another for myself, or make miss Roxy a boyfriend. I'm already thinking about all of the berets and baguettes and accessories I want to knit to go along with her.
I'm sad to part with her but her new best friend Stevie provides a worthy home!
tee hee --love that belly!