When I first donated some of my items to the animal charity auction, I didn’t think it would end up with a commission request. I usually don’t want to sell my items because it’s strictly a hobby for me and I want to enjoy making whatever I choose, for people I love and for myself. I also think selling hand made items is not easy, especially those that require more work: either they have to be under-priced (considering how time consuming they can be) or too expensive for most people to want to buy them. But somehow I couldn’t resist this request, mainly because it was for a doll, and I remembered how much I’d enjoyed crocheting them!
The time to crochet it finally came and as expected, I loved every minute of it so much!
I chose the tried and tested Monja Doll pattern by CAROcreated Designs once again. I knew from the previous time I’d crocheted it that the neck wasn’t very sturdy so I amended the construction by crocheting head and neck in one piece. It’s better although not quite as sturdy as I’d like it to be. I also amended the leg construction – the original pattern is for the doll which can stand, while mine cannot. I’d love to make it as in the pattern but I don’t have tools for that so my doll can only sit.
I also crocheted less curly hair this time – they are wavy and nice.
When the doll was ready and I started crocheting her clothes, I just didn’t feel happy about them. The pattern has some really cute outfit but I couldn’t resist the thought that knitted garments are just so much nicer and softer…
I used the Amelia Doll Tunic pattern but in fingering weight yarn since my doll is smaller (and I wanted to use up the leftovers of this lovely yarn) and knitted it longer, as a dress.
Once the dress was ready, I crocheted also a shawl of my own design.
I must admit that I had so much fun with making the clothes that I’m seriously tempted to crochet another doll, for myself, just to knit clothing for her with all the colourful yarn scraps I have! I guess I’m not as grown up as my age suggests 😉
The doll will go to a little girl waiting for her this week, and I can go back to my Arizona CAL and do some knitting again. It was such an enjoyable break from adult stuff though!