About Me

My wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, a chihuahua, a parakeet, and I live in northeastern Illinois. For as long as I can remember I have loved dolls and making things. I got my first Barbie when I was only three years old! My mom sewed for my Barbie dolls and taught me how to use her sewing machine when I was only seven. I cannot believe she let me near that needle, but she did. Not having enough money for my clothes habit in high school and college led me to start sewing all of my own clothes. There were so many fabric stores around back then and fabric was so inexpensive. I would wait for the 99 cent pattern sale and go crazy. Sewing for myself continued well into my 30’s. (I even made my wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.)

Shortly after I got married I left my full time graphic design position and started designing cross stitch patterns. I called my company “The Lilac Studio” and sold my botanical patterns at trade shows, through distributors which sold to retail shops, and mail order. My most popular pattern, “A Bouquet of Pansies” sold 5000 copies and won a J&P Coats Golden Needle Award! I was also featured in various cross stitch magazines and designed special projects for the magazines. When my daughter was born I didn’t have the time needed to cross stitch and design patterns all day long so I let my pattern design business slip away. Then I started discovering dolls again and I now had an excuse to start buying them. The only problem was that they were for my daughter and not for me. I soon discovered all of the adult doll collectors out there and decided I would like to be one of them. I started with the inexpensive dolls at first, collecting Mattel Kelly dolls. Soon I collected over 100 Kelly dolls! After Kelly, I discovered Helen Kish’s Riley and Tonner’s Ann Estelle. I have since learned to knit doll sweaters and love an excuse to knit so most of my doll outfits include a sweater and/or hat. I love creating miniature outfits for dolls and enjoy sharing them with others.


6 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Yolanda, It is the same process, but different numbers of stitches, rows, needles, and yarn. Sport weight yarn makes a bulky sweater for the smaller dolls. It does work though; I’ve used it a few times.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Amelia Thimble fits in very nicely with 1:12 scale, but she isn’t specifically made for dollhouses. Her head is not proportionate to her body.

  1. Carol

    Hello Cindy, I’m so glad to visit you. Your little sweaters are so sweet. How long does it take to knit one. I sew for 18″ dolls like American girl. Any suggestions How to enlarge the pattern. I am a very beginning knitter. Actually took a class 30+ years ago, but I do remember the basics. Do you offer a knitting class?

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Carol. Thank you! I have a free pattern (check the tabs at the top of the blog) for the AG dolls on this blog. There are lots of photos to help you along the way, and feel free to ask me any questions. I wrote it for beginner knitters who know how to make the stitches. For help with certain stitches, check You Tube. Sorry, I do not have a knitting class. Craftsy has some though.

      If you decide to knit my pattern, please notice the pattern errata. Instead of K2tog when enlarging for the yoke area, it is a Kf&b. My brain still wants to mix these two terms up; can’t seem to shake it either.



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