Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Do do that voodoo



So, as previously explained, I'm a new homeowner and a new parent, so I have zero dollars for xmas gifts this year. Regardless of my cash flow I like to handmake as many things as I can, but there's no way I could shell out for luxe yarns to make scarves and hats this year. And I have too much pride to make clothing items out of Red Heart or other non-yummy acrylic fibres. So, I decided to try my hand at a few dolls.

What you see here is my friend Joanne, or the beginnings of a voodoo-like Joanne doll. I'm using the Joan Jett doll from Stitch 'n' Bitch nation as a template, tweaking as I go to personalize. It's been a bit hit and miss, since I'm using whatever scraps I can dig out of my stash. Jo's head and arms are made out of Cascade 220 (leftover from a bag I made), her body is Lamb's Pride worsted and her legs are a bit of dreaded acrylic that I picked up early in my knitting career. I'm purposely not going for perfection here, trying to go for a folk art kind of quality.



I'm moving on to Jo's husband Brad now (using the Joey Ramone doll as a template) who had a front and back body and a pair of arms. Next up will be my friends Lauren and Scott, then Aaron's sister Daniella and her girlfriend Erin. I think I'll stuff them and embroider the hair and faces all in one go. After that, I'll have to think of other things for family members like my sister-in-law Brandi, who would not appreciate the kitsch factor of a doll effigy.

3 comments:

samlamb said...

Yee haw - I'm so thrilled that you started your blog. Now I get to see what you are making (and so the pressure begins...) Love the dolls, especially the husband in pieces, though I guess the gift receiver will prefer him stitched together. And great shot of Ruby, the little Hallowe'en munchkin.

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samlamb said...

Yee haw - I'm so thrilled that you started your blog. Now I get to see what you are making (and so the pressure begins...) Love the dolls, especially the husband in pieces, though I guess the gift receiver will prefer him stitched together. And great shot of Ruby, the little Hallowe'en munchkin.

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mamaloo said...

Awesome dolls! I'm just getting started on a couple of knit toys from Jess Hutch's booklet "Unusual Toys To Knit..." (check it out through www.jesshutch.com).

I can't wait to show off mine.