I did tell you a few weeks back that it was the start of book season, didn’t I? Well, I have another fun book to show you today!
This is Crochet for Dolls by Nicky Epstein, released on September 3, which is subtitled “25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls.”
As I mentioned before, I really don’t crochet, but when offered a copy of this book for review I said “yes please!” because it looked so darn cute and I know that a lot of you are whiz-bang crocheters.
I have it on good authority (a Google search) that American Girl dolls are 18″ dolls, so these outfits will fit them nicely. And what a great holiday gift for a special child: a custom made wardrobe for their favorite dolls.
Aside: when I was a little girl I had Barbie dolls, and my mom sewed outfits and knit sweaters for them. When I got together with friends to “play Barbies” I was very popular indeed because my dolls had such a wonderful and unique wardrobe. All my friends wanted to play with me because they wanted to borrow my dolls’ wardrobe. So if you want to boost your child’s popularity, I know for a fact that a couture doll wardrobe will go a long way towards achieving that aim.
You can see the range of patterns complete with photos on Ravelry, here. Not only are the designs adorable, but the photostyling is awesome. A few of my favorites:
I think the styling on this photo is incredible, and the dress is so cute, but doesn’t look like it would be too difficult to make.
I just love this little flower child outfit! L-B, do you see this? 🙂
Check this out: the little princess outfit comes with a matching purse!
As I said, I do not crochet. So who would like to have my review copy of this great book?
To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.
The winner of the Great Little Gifts to Knit giveaway is Shirley, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!
Work in Progress
My current work in progress is being knit from Biotayarns’ Dakota White, Cormo Wool, 3ply, worsted weight, 200 yards per approx 3.6 oz skein. I’m not sure exactly how I found the yarn — I think I simply stumbled upon it on Etsy, here. (At the moment the yarn I am using is not available in their Etsy shop — I think I bought all that they had.)
Here’s my project:
This is going to be a poncho. I am knitting it from side to side, with the Celtic knot cables at the top of the piece. I will knit two identical pieces for the front and the back, then join them at the top to a knitted shoulder strap on each side that will extend out to the edge on each side. Then I’ll pick up and knit a ribbed collar.
I love this yarn because, first of all, it is Cormo wool. It’s natural color and it is minimally processed. The yarn has a “rough-hewn” look to it and is slightly uneven in places, giving it the look of handspun. It’s a three-ply, and is a lovely fat round yarn and it makes the cables really pop!
Thanks for all your nice comments about Loki. If he were to read them all he’d get a very swelled head. While I do still miss Lucy terribly and life just doesn’t seem right without her, I am very glad that I adopted this wonderful kitty.
He is sweet, goofy, and lovable, and I look forward to coming home to him every day. He is also huge: he weighs about twice what Lucy weighed and he is not done growing. And I swear his neck is as big around as mine!
Loki sez: “I am a growing boy!”