Let’s pretend it’s winter!

I feel like I haven’t updated my blog in ages, but when I check the dates, it’s only been two weeks. I guess it feels this way because my days are super busy now, and I have hardly any time for myself. Turns out that new duties at work mean more to do, who knew…? ๐Ÿ˜‰ But speaking seriously, I find out that when I really have a lot to do and have to keep up the pace, I am suddenly much better organized than when I’m less busy. I prepare weekly and daily checklists, and I keep track of things to do and those I’ve already finished in my beloved Excel spreadsheets, and this helps me a lot (it also comes in handy later when it’s time to issue the invoice and pay my taxes). I’ve always been the type of person who works best when I can write things down, somehow the process or organizing things in my head and then putting the plan on paper (or more often, in a text file on my computer) makes me feel in control and like I can handle everything. And it’s really working!

Still, free time is scarce and it’s going to be this way until September, so knitting and crochet slowed down. And somehow in the middle of this hectic period, I felt that I absolutely needed to make a new doll, complete with yarny hair and tiny clothes made of scrap yarn.

So here she is: my new crochet doll!

At first, I wanted to use the same pattern that I’d used twice before: Monja Doll by CARO created design. But I went to the designer’s Ravelry website, and I kept looking at all those wonderful patterns, and I decided to choose a different one. These dolls are all based on the same doll pattern, what changes are the hair and clothes. I thought I could probably figure out how to crochet or knit different outfit, and how to change the hair type, but at the same time, I felt that it’s good to support the designer who is so creative and talented, and I decided to just buy a new pattern. This time I chose the Joya Doll, because I loved her winter look, with her pom poms, and ear-flap hat, and her padded hoodie vest.

Getting started…

This designer’s dolls are very detailed and fiddly, each item of clothing is a small challenge, and the whole pattern is over 30 pages long because of that. Which was exactly what I needed: lots of small elements that I could work on separately, during short breaks I could take from work. And one element after another, it took me about 2 weeks (and nearly all my scrap yarn, hurray!) to crochet this doll. I made a few mistakes, the one I regret the most being the eyes that I somehow inserted too close to each other and then couldn’t remove them to correct it, because, as it turns out, these safety eyes are really safe and can’t be removed without destroying the head completely. I also modified some things; since crochet tends to create thicker and stiffer fabric, I wanted to make some of the details softer and so I knitted the sweater and the leg warmers instead of crocheting them. The original doll’s clothes cannot be changed, the sleeves of the jumper are part of the hand, and the skirt is sewn to the body. I wanted to avoid that, I think the fun with dolls is the possibility to make new clothes for them, just as much as being able to style their hair (or at least this is how I used to play with dolls as a child – I loved sewing and making new outfits and I learned to use the sewing machine very early exactly for that reason!). That’s why all my clothes (except for the top and underwear which are permanent) are removable.

But other than that, I followed the pattern pretty faithfully and I’m super happy with the result.

My doll has no name and to be honest – no purpose either. I have no idea what to do with her. Should I keep her to have the reason to knot some new tiny clothes from time to time? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Should I find another charity auction and give her away (that is probably what I’m going to do)? My friends’ daughters are all already teens, and I just realized that even the daughters of my cousins that I’ve always considered the babies of the family are not that young anymore!

For now, she’s sitting in my wardrobe, and just makes me smile whenever I look at her. And after all, that was the purpose, right?

19 thoughts on “Let’s pretend it’s winter!

  1. Very cute ! And such a clever idea to combine knitting and crochet for her outfit. I’ve never ventured into amigurumi of that size, but I can imagine the thrill of watching a doll grow into shape from tiny scraps of yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. She’s awesome, and made me smile too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that you made her clothes detachable – that does provide so much creative freedom for future (and I guess current ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) makers.
    The dolls by the designer are all adorable – I’d have thought you’d choose the Tessa doll, with her cat! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎTessa was published in June! She wasn’t there when I was choosing the pattern ๐Ÿ˜ญDoes it mean I should add another doll to my queue…?

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  3. I don’t think her eyes are too close together. They look perfectly fine to me. What a totally fun project! Not only do you get the feel-goods of small, quickly finished bits, but they all go into something that makes you smile. I’m contemplating making a “Magnus mouse” doll for my cousin’s granddaughter. It’s a knitted Arne & Carlos pattern, but I have so many WIPs. . . .

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  4. What a sweet doll, Kat! I love the personal touches you did with the pattern, like having changeable clothes.

    Best of luck pushing through the crazy work period! I feel you! I also feel better with lists, they help me organize my brain! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, lists are the way to feel like I had SOME control when things seem crazy! My ex thought my list writing was hilarious and called me “Ms. Analysis and Control” ๐Ÿ˜‹ and I don’t think he was completely wrong.

      Thank you for your nice words. Changeable clothes are obligatory, what’s the point to make a doll which you can’t play dress up with??? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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