Eloise has been ‘looking after’ my old Steiner doll [which was made for me by my godmother-25 or so years ago!]
The doll [Sophie to me, renamed Mollie by Eloise] has threadbare skin which has made for unsightly scars down the torso+legs [so un-steiner! haha]. My Mum found a little knitted singlet that Mollie ‘had to keep on’ to keep her inn-ids IN.
A loved Waldorf doll is allowed to accompany Eloise to kindy, and because she seemed to outgrow the last two I made her [and has loved my old one to bits], I find myself making her another for her 4th birthday [more robust than the last few]- I admit the second one was pretty average.
I ordered a book for the internet to help me..but it didn’t arrive on time, so I made up the pattern and followed some instructions online –
I always find it hard getting the perfect skin colour [esp. if you want pinky/peachy/olive], so i found some old thick cotton jersey fabric at an opp shop and dyed it with tea bags. The colour wasn’t rich enough [it usually works well if it’s just for the head-but i need the whole body this time] so i dyed it with some regular old dye I got on sale once…’dawn pink’ it was perfect!
I also find the hair very daunting and since Eloise has discovered she quite likes french plaits, I was determined to give the doll some. A [very clever] friend Tonya, suggested I crotchet a skull cap to stretch over the head to make the base of the hairline. I can’t crotchet so I knitted one, in much the same way I do when I knit a hood for the other dolls. [a T shape] Except I made it tighter and stitched it down across the whole head. Then I threaded pieces of wool through the skullcap -it worked perfectly! [I can even add hair later if she loses bits/or wants more] It was so much less stressful than the last time I added hair-I painstakingly lined up wool and sewed it together with baking paper, stitched each row down, then had to stitch each loop down-blahh, it was hard.
My mum helped me distract the girls’ while in our favourite shop [where the elderly knit/sew/crotchet things for children+dolls] Purple Patch, so I could fit the doll with her new clothes. [I don’t have the patience to make clothes too! – plus I knew my luck would have to run out soon?!] – For a cool $8 i found her the perfect nightie [plus some little bloomers!].
I am so pleased with this doll and am positive Eloise will love her. I wonder what her name will be??
The best bit was that I made use of my new overlocker…it is pure genius and has helped me be rid of my sewing stresses-kind of. I think knitting a doll is still my thing, it’s much more therapeutic.