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Monday, May 12, 2008


This weekend we helped to celebrate our friend’s 7th birthday!
We made her a doll as a gift. I employed Johnny’s help. He was the master stuffer; the parts I stuffed he re-stuffed to look better. There is an art to stuffing. After trial and error we discovered that a size 19 Daisy knitting needle was the best tool for getting to the bottoms of the arms and legs. The needle nose pliers helped in extracting stuffing that had gotten packed too tightly.
Felix tentatively named her Marcia but the naming is entirely up to the recipient.
I dug through my swatch stash and found an exact replica in doll size of my Knitty skirt. And, the best part is that the knitty skirt belongs to our friend’s mom.

Her blouse is made from two swatches I knit for the lace dress in Greetings from Knit Café. I crocheted them together with some bright pink mohair. Her necklace is a string of sequins and her hair is Donegal tweed.


Marce (BrownBerry) said...

What a fine example of using what you have to make something great! Now that's responsible gifting!

Kathleen said...

Oh, is she adorable! I totally recognized the skirt and on the scrolldown thought the top had to be from the pink dress. I'm sure the birthday girl will love this little lady.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Kat that is just the coolest doll ever!! You are so original!.....and that hair is fantastic! I have to make one of these for my soon to be 9 year old daughter...she'd love it!

suzmischer said...

Kat she is just gorgeous!!!! I love her.

Poethead said...

P.S. What's on her feet??

kat coyle said...

Thank you friends! Making dolls is so enjoyable I'm happy that you like her. This is the first cloth doll I've sewn in a few years. It certainly goes faster than knitting the entire doll.

It's always a treat to put my scraps and stash to good use. It makes me feel like I'm saving my swatches for a reason.

Poethead: Her feet are bare. They look like feet versions of her hands, kind of thin and pointy. I was planning on painting black boots but after she was all dressed, had her hair done and face embroidered she didn't need boots.

Connie said...

What a great use of swatches! You're so creative.

Nettie said...

I love her swatch outfit! She is too cute.