Sunday, April 24, 2011

Butterfly for Lizzy

          I’m sorry for not posting a blog entry last week. I got the flu on Friday and it’s been with me all week. I’m finally getting better again.

          Last February, I was at Hallmark when I saw this very cute card with a butterfly on the cover. It was perfect for my friend’s daughter, Lizzy, who’s birthday was coming up. As I was paying for the card, I had a great idea. I wanted to make an Amigurumi to match the card for Lizzy’s birthday present!

          Typically, when I wanted to make a new Amigurumi, I would look for a pattern online or in a book, and adapt the pattern to suit my needs. This time, I had the picture as my inspiration and I wanted to make an original pattern to match. I used bits and pieces of crochet techniques I’ve learned so far and came up with this butterfly.

          As with all my Amigurumis, it took a lot of trial and error, but I had fun the whole time. The butterfly doesn’t look exactly like the card, but I think it’s pretty close. I changed the wings to be purple and pink to be more feminine. The butterfly still has antennae and the yellow and green stripes.

          I sent the butterfly and card to Lizzy in Colorado for her birthday. Her mom tells me she loves it. Lizzy wrote be a great “thank you” card and story too. I know Lizzy’s getting bigger each year, but I’ll keep sending her Amigurumis until she tells me she’s too old for them. 

Thanks again for joining me this week! See you next week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Doll for Thea

My friend Sofia asked me to make a doll for her niece, Thea. The only thing she wanted was for me to have Thea’s name appear somewhere on the doll so her niece would know that the doll was specially made for her. I’ve never made a doll before, but I love it when my friends give me new challenges!

The first think I did was to do some research online. I found a pattern I liked on Lily Sugar N’ Cream Yarn’s website. They have so many cute doll patterns but I was drawn to “Lily Fun in the Sun Doll” because the doll is wearing a really cute dress.

Lily Fun in the Sun
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I never follow the patterns strictly. I always adapt the patterns to match my style. Since I didn’t know much about Thea, I thought I would make a dress to fit Sofia’s personality. Sofia has a lot of fashion sense and I knew the doll would need to be special.

While shopping for yarn, I had a fun time trying to find colors that would complement each other. I’m starting to figure out that the colors make a huge difference in the look of the dolls. I found this really fun yarn from Red Heart Yarn that shimmers! It was perfect for the dress because I wanted to make a doll that looks like it's ready for a fun night out on the town.

I ran into many challenges while making Thea’s doll. The first one was from the pattern itself. Instead of telling me exactly how many rounds I need to make the body, arms, and legs, the pattern said, “Repeat round until work from beginning measures 2 inches”. When I followed the pattern, the doll looked completely out of proportion. Finally, I had to make the doll according to how I thought she should look.

The second challenge was with the doll’s hair. I didn’t want Thea’s doll to have all her hair up in a pony tail, like the original pattern. I wanted the doll to have long hair that can be played with and styled. I recently bought a book called Knitted Toy Tales, which also had a doll pattern with hair similar to what I was looking for. After some experimentation, I was able to get the doll’s hair just right.


I really love how Thea’s doll came out. Not bad for my first try. Her hair is swishy and soft and her dress is cute and flirty! I added some flower accessories too. At the end, I couldn’t figure out where to add Thea’s name, so I made the doll a matching personalized purse.


Sofia loved the doll! When I gave it to her, she told me that her niece is only 3 months old but she’ll grow up to love the doll made just for her! Later on, Sofia’s sister posted on Facebook that Thea loves the doll already. She thinks the doll’s hair is her mom’s hair.

Thanks again for joining me this week! See you next week!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Owls for Mila

                My friend Lilly, mother of Kyle, tagged herself on all of Kyle’s owl pictures on Facebook. When her friend Valeria saw the mobile, she wanted me to make one for her daughter, Mila. Communicating by e-mail, Valeria sent me some pictures for reference, showing me the bedding she wanted to put in Mila’s nursery and some owls she had already bought to match.

The bedding is from the Hayley Nursery Bedding Collection at Pottery Barn Kids.
The owl plush dolls are called Penny and Joy from Pottery Barn Kids.
The small owl is Penny and the large owl is Joy.
               I loved what Valeria had planned for Mila’s nursery. I took cues from the vibrant colors of the bedding and plush toys in order to add my own twists to the owl mobile for Mila. I used the same basic pattern for Kyle’s mobile, but in order to make the mobile more feminine, I used pastel colors for all the owls. Each owl had white eye roundies and tan bellies to keep a consistent look. I save the dark brown color only for the branch so that the mobile would look light and pretty. I also added little white flowers with yellow buds to the vines because girls love flowers!



               Valeria was kind enough to send me pictures of Mila’s finished nursery. It looks like a room straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog! I especially love the wall decoration that reads, “You are a dream come true.”  I hope Mila loves her new room and her new owl friends!


         Thanks again for joining me this week! See you next week!