The Past Seven (or so) Days

I’ve been hogging the limelight with new ensembles all week long, so here are some casual shots from the week that you might enjoy looking at.

As you can see, I am still in a pink mood.  Aren’t all of these pink rose prints lovely?  A couple are new and three of them were used last year, but I still have LOTS more to make more dresses with.  I like laying them out in a little collection for a few days.

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The peach pink rose print pictured above is being made into a dress to go with this cardigan for Patience.

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After my last couple of embroidery projects I was left with quite a mess.  It’s all cleaned up now, but I’ve begun a new mess. 😳

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Here is Lucy’s dress in progress.  You are looking at the wrong side that’s why it is looking so washed out.  It is a lilac-y pink rose print.  Here is Lucy wearing the dress.  One of the mohair sweaters that I knit in January will be embroidered to go with this dress.

I needed a little bit of cheering up on this dreary Monday morning; Lucy did the trick.

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Lucy borrowed the carrot red mohair wig from Penny and wears it quite well too.  I’m not sure who wears it better.  Below is a picture of Penny during our photo shoot for “Pretty in Purples”.

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Bye for now!  Have a great week!

Another Little Sweater Dress…

I made Penny another little sweater dress.  This time it is in a yummy purple shade which reminds me of fuchsias and orchids.  It is a bright color, but not gaudy or garish.  This color is a medium dark shade, so the natural color of the wool probably tones it down.  Anyway, it is one of my Peruvian Highland wool pinks/purples that I am in love with, and it looks beautiful on Penny with her carrot red mohair wig.

I ended up trimming this wig down quite a bit, and it’s still long.  I love it on her now; it’s very soft, shiny, and luxurious feeling.  If you want to read about this wig in an older blog post, click here.  Isn’t she cute?  She’s waving hello to you.

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For the embroidered bullion roses I chose paired shades of lavender, cool pink, and pink.  This color yarn looks beautiful with lilac and bluish violet.

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For more information on Penny’s “Pretty in Purples” sweater dress ensemble, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

“Pretty in Pastels” for Gina

I decided to dress Gina in my next pink pastel ensemble, Lucy had the honors wearing pink the last time.

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The day I took the picture of this sweater was a beautifully sunny day and provided the most perfect backdrop of color.

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I think this is the tiniest print I have ever seen.  I bought it in all four color ways.  This is my favorite and the first one that I’ve used so far.

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For more information on Gina’s “Pretty in Pastels” ensemble, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

“Pastel Sweetie” for Penny

My new Penny by Linda Macario has her very own mohair/silk cardigan…finally.  This sweater pattern took me four tries to get it just right.

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I finished her little dress in December.  I thought that the dress pattern would take a few tries, but I got lucky.  Her fingers are spread open with skinny upper arms.  I was thinking big armholes to get those hands through… not so attractive.  I thought it would be a challenge, but like I said, I got lucky.

I also wanted the bodice short so as not to look long waisted as she has shorter legs (so, shorter skirt).  I think I got the proportions right.  She told me, “I feel pretty.”

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I enjoy dressing a new doll.  I find the challenges of a new body style fun to conquer.  Penny probably has the most unique body to date in my collection, but she is precious.

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As with most of my dolls lately, Penny has picked a few blossoms for her basket and to give to you.  What a sweetheart!

I made Penny’s little crocheted centifolia (cabbage) rose with a tie so she could wear it on her cap or in her hair.

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And, once again, here is Penny in her other wigs.  If you missed the posts about her wigs they are here and here.

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For more information on Penny’s “Pastel Sweetie” ensemble, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

 

Does Pink Make You Happy?

While trying to come up with a name for this next ensemble, I kept on thinking how happy all of this pink made me feel; hence, the name was born.  Does pink make you happy too?

There are some strong opinions out there about pink.  It seems that you either love it or hate it.  When my daughter was in grade school I spent about 6 years as a volunteer art teacher for the first graders.  I heard many stories from the little ones about how their moms either loved pink or hated it.  If their moms hated pink, not a speck of pink could be used for their project.  It made me smile to hear such strong convictions about the color pink coming from these little ones.

I love pink!  I especially love pink for our dolls, and I love to wear pink in all shades.  I think I have more pink fabric than any other color.

Here is my Little Darling, Lucy, modeling “Pink Happiness”.  I hope you feel happy too, looking at my smiley faced Lucy in her new pink ensemble.

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There are very light sky blue flowers in this print.  If you look closely you can pick them out, the camera didn’t catch them very well.

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Lucy has a bouquet, just for you!

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For more information on Lucy’s “Pink Happiness” ensemble, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

This and That

Thank you all so much for the input on Penny’s best look, that was fun.  That post is here in case you didn’t see it.  Here are the results:

1. Giselle very blonde bob

2. Giselle brunette bob

3. Raven long carrot

4. Tomboy auburn curly

5. Hannah brunette

Gina’s favorite wig, the brunette Hannah wig actually got no votes.  I guess Gina doesn’t have to worry about it being snatched from her.  A bob (in either color) seems to be the favorite style for Penny.  I forgot to show you Penny wearing a Monique Bubbles (bob style) carrot wig which looks equally cute on her.  I think so anyway.

Have you heard that the groundhog did not see his shadow, so it will be an early spring, 6 weeks to go?  Maybe he is right; I saw a robin last week and we had thunderstorms yesterday.  Not that 6 weeks is such a short length of time to wait for spring to arrive…  I wish it would arrive NOW.  I love spring, but this time of year can be nice too, sitting in front of the cozy fire with my knitting and a cup of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.  Sometimes I need to remind myself to stay in the moment and not rush my life away.  So yes, I will enjoy the rest of winter.  :)

I snapped a photo of my works-in-progress today.  The ensemble with the pink sweater for the Little Darlings just needs buttons on the sweater and a bracelet made, then done.  Yay!  I’m not sure who to put it on, Lucy or Gina.  Hmmm…

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Lucy will be showing you her new “Pink Happeness” ensemble tonight at 7:00 pm.  She’d love for you to check it out.  There’s a few photos of it on my Facebook page (right now) in case you’d like to take a peek.

Bye for now!  Thanks for stopping by!

“Winter Elegance” for the Little Darlings

Here’s Gina, my Little Darling, modeling “Winter Elegance”, one of the new ensembles I recently completed.

Her cropped cardigan is hand knit with pale lavender mohair/silk lace yarn.  The hand embroidery rose bouquet motifs mirror each other at the bottom corners.

Sometimes the colors that I plan on using for my embroidery need to be adjusted as I start to embroider, which was the case with this sweater.  I first started out with the bright magenta purple being used for the main roses, and saw that it was too overpowering.  The sweater itself matches the blue violet roses very nicely, so I went with a deeper shade of purple for the main roses and used the bright magenta for the buds; I thought this produced a nicer balance of color.  I added the beige colonial knot buds to pick up the background color of the fabric and add a pop of light color to the embroidery motifs.

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When I cut out the bodice for Gina’s dress, I picked out a motif to center on the front.  The print has some directional design to it; there are vines of roses (in between scattered rose bouquets) which I chose to go in a vertical direction on the skirt.

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To complete Gina’s elegant ensemble is a beaded crocheted headband, a basket for her flowers, pair of tights, and a bracelet.

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For more information on Gina’s “Winter Elegance” ensemble, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

What’s Penny’s Best Look?

I have found with my dolls that there is alway a specific hair color and/or style that most often looks the best on them.  There are exceptions, of course, but I find that after I’ve had a doll for a time, I find her “look”.  I’m still searching for Penny’s look; I’ve only had her for a few months, so it’s still early.

This morning I tried multiple wigs on her with her new crocheted cap.  What do you think?  Any standouts?

This is the wig that I first put on her to take her photos wearing her new outfit.  It is a Kemper Giselle mohair bob in Medium Brown.  Gina (my Little Darling) wears this wig often as she looks best as a brunette.

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This is Gina’s favorite wig; another Kemper mohair wig in light brown, called Hannah.

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This mohair wig by Kemper is called Tomboy and the color is auburn.  It is a strange wig (I think), but looks cute with a hat.  Gina looks cute in it too.  You can see her here.

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This Kemper mohair wig is called Raven and is in carrot red.  It is very silky and very red. I think Penny looks great as a redhead; the strands of mohair on this wig are way too long for Penny though.  I could always trim it if it becomes Penny’s best look.

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I like Penny as a blonde too.  Here she is in the Giselle wig again, but in the pale pale blonde color.

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Hmm, what do you think?  Maybe I need to buy more wigs?

Let me know if you have a favorite.

Bye for now!

“Rosy Cute” for Pukipuki

Little Sugar pestered me today and asked me if it wasn’t about time that her new dress be put on my website.  It seems that the Little Darlings and Penny have been getting all of the attention for the entire month of January.  Hmm… I wonder how long before the other girls will be in an uproar too.  I had better start making things more fair around here.

Without further ado, here is Sugar looking as sweet as can be.  Her tiny dress is hand knit with a lace weight tonal alpaca/silk yarn and embroidered with rosy roses, plum floral sprays, and tiny white buds.  She even has a little bouquet just for you.

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Sugar loves cuddling with her favorite stuffed animals; they are so soft and cozy.

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For more information on Sugar’s “Rosy Cute” dress, please visit my “Shop What’s New” page at cindyricedesigns.com.

Sugar says, “Thanks for visiting my friends.  Bye for now.”  <3

A Lesson for Knitters: Changing Yarn and/or Needle Size

Say you have a pattern for a doll dress or sweater, but you want to use a different yarn than the one specified.  Or, you want to use a smaller needle size than the one specified.  If I want a denser fabric I will go down one needle size.  You can refigure the pattern for your new yarn or needle size change.  I recommend small changes to begin with.  My yarn changes are usually very minimal and needle changes are up or down one size.

I almost always start knitting from the top down (neckline), so that is how I will explain this example to you.  The first pattern change you will need to make will be the cast on number.  Here’s a quick overview of what I do.

To start, you’ll need the gauge and the cast on number for the original, so write that down on a piece of paper.  You’ll also have to figure the new gauge using the new needles and/or yarn that you’ll be using.  I use 1″ for measuring gauge for doll clothes even though 4″ is used in the industry for human sized clothes.  So, knit a swatch (larger than an inch) and figure out your new gauge and write that down.  Hopefully you already know how to swatch and figure gauge.  Staci at Very Pink Knits has a You Tube video about figuring gauge here if you need a refresher.

Here is an example using made up numbers for refiguring the number of cast on stitches.  Your original pattern gauge is 10 stitches/1″.  The pattern says to cast on 30 stitches for the neckline.  You need to figure out how many inches the neckline needs to be.  This is the equation:  30 (cast on number) divided by 10 (stitches per inch gauge) is 3″.  This means you’ll need to recreate 3″ with the new yarn/needles.  You have hopefully figured out your new stitch gauge and it is (for example) 12 stitches/1″.  (FYI, when you get more stitches per inch, the stitches are smaller because more stitches fit within 1″, so your fabric will be stiffer and denser.)  Take the new stitches per inch (12) and multiply by the inches you need for the neckline (3″).  12 x 3 =36  You’ll need to cast on 36 stitches with the new yarn and/or different needles to get the 3″ for the neckline.

Figuring rows uses the same equation.  If you’re going in the reverse direction, larger needles and/or yarn, the same equation will work.  Sometimes you will need to round the stitch counts or row counts up or down.  Usually it is close enough as knitwear stretches.

Here’s some homework for you:  Answer is below.

Original pattern gauge is 14 stitches per inch and cast on 60 stitches.  Figure new cast on number.  The yarn you want to use has a gauge of 13 stitches per inch.  Your new yarn is a bit bulkier and you are getting less stitches per inch.  How many stitches should you cast on?

 

 

 

Answer:  About 56 stitches  (60 divided by 14 = 4.28″; 4.28 x 13 = 55.64)  You can make the decision to round up or down, depending on if you need an even or odd number of stitches.  In some cases it doesn’t matter.