sweet Narcissa

Sometimes you want to knit with larger needles but still be able to make something for a small doll. In this case, it’s for Middie Blythe with easy-on-the-hands size 7 (4.5mm) needles using worsted weight yarn – not tiny at all! Yet you still get a very small sweater out of it that fits Middie perfectly.

Narcissa Sweater for Middie Blythe by AnneArchy

It’s just getting to be big cozy sweater weather where I live and I am so ready. I’ve been relishing wearing leggings almost every day lately and I’m totally in an autumn state of mind. This sweater is just perfect for this time of year! Your Middie can be comfy cozy with a little knitting from you!

Narcissa Sweater for Middie Blythe by AnneArchy

Grab this pattern at Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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Middie dreaming

So I’ve been considering getting another Blythe at some point for quite awhile, but I still haven’t decided which one I’d like. And lately, I’ve been noticing that it would be nice to have a second Middie so I could have two in the same photograph at the same time. I’m not sure which one I’d want yet, but the three that have risen to the top of my interest are:

Yellow Marshmallow
Yellow Marshmallow

I like her bobbed hair – one of the shortest hairstyles of any stock Middie, I think, possibly with the exception of Jackie Ramone, who I already have.

Little Lily Brown
Little Lily Brown

Guess what? I’m also drawn to this doll’s shorter hairstyle. I’m just not feeling the knee- or floor-length hair right now.

and lastly, Lena Elena
Lena Elena

Her hair is on the longer side but there’s something about her that I like.

So, which one is your favorite? Anyone have one or more of these and care to share an opinion?

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Emmeline likes lines

Emmeline Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

Stripes! I have made many knit sweaters with horizontal stripes, but not many (any?) with vertical stripes. Realizing something like this is sort of like a challenge to me – haven’t done a thing yet? Time to figure out how to do it! It was not difficult and I actually liked working with two yarns alternating closely like this. For me, it’s easier to do this kind of close color switching than it is to do it over larger spans of stitches – I don’t tend to work too tightly, which I sometimes can with other stranded knitting.

Emmeline Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

This pattern is available on Craftsy, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Ravelry.

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ready for winter?

Winter is coming…

Alicia Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

But happily, there are no White Walkers to be found here, only a cute Blythe sweater pattern! In my quest to do more intarsia, I designed this snowflake pattern. It’s simple and seasonal and can be knit up in any color combo you choose. The pattern includes both long and short sleeves, so it’s really customizable to whatever look you like!

Alicia Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

No need to send a raven, just click over to Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, or LoveKnitting.

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calling all monsters

Monster Sweater for Blythe

It may be the thick of August (and with the humidity we’ve been having, it certainly feels thick!) but I am already thinking ahead to Halloween and the spooky breezes of fall. And what goes hand in hand with spooky breezes? Monsters, of course!

Bingeing Stranger Things certainly didn’t do anything to dissuade me, and the July Blythe Swap theme being Marvelous Monsters clinched it. However, rather than knitting slimy tentacles, I opted for a monster that is more reminiscent of a jack-o-lantern than something from Alien. Feel free to add your own slime if you’re so inclined!

Monster Sweater for Blythe

Grawr! Chomp this pattern at Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy

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room boxing

I’ve wanted to make a room box for ages, and K awesomely volunteered to help. He made the actual box for me out of sheet insulation, using magnets to hold the pieces together.

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

He’s had this done for me for AGES but I finally made time to find some flooring. I wanted something that was thin so that the magnets will still work through it – ideally I’d like it to overlap under the wall pieces slightly so that you can’t see any edges (though I suppose I am going to put some base molding on the walls, so this probably doesn’t matter).

As you can see here, if I don’t trim these pieces on the sides, they’ll overlap the wall pieces just a hair:

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

I will of course need to trim the second piece to fit the depth of the box. I couldn’t find any flooring that came in large enough sheets to cover without using more than one piece, but this flooring appears to be able to slide in together without any noticeable gap. This room box is bigger than most I’ve seen, and definitely bigger than most dollhouse rooms, but I’d like to have plenty of space for Blythe plus furniture for taking photos. Now I need to trim the second piece of flooring and finish all of it. I like the blond wood (veneer) so I think I’ll probably just do a seal coat without staining first. Opinions?

Because I think it’s super clever, here’s a close-up of how K installed the magnets:

Dry fitting flooring in foam insulation room box

The room box pieces just snap together so nicely! Now I need to figure out if I want a window(s) and what type of wall covering I want to use. I’m thinking of using fabric as wallpaper…

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mad for Madge

Time is always a precious resource, and sometimes you want to knit a project without having to sacrifice a lot of it. This is a perfect project for those occasions!

Madge Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

Made with worsted weight yarn, this sweater gives the look of the really chunky knits that have been so trendy lately on a scale that works for Blythe. The pattern includes both short and long sleeves, and is designed reverse cardigan style (and so could be worn reversed for a cardigan look).

Madge Sweater for Blythe by AnneArchy

Check it out on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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Blythe Swap: Time Traveling Blythe

Our most recent Blythe Swap had the theme: time traveling Blythe. This was up to interpretation by each person so they could make things from their partner’s favorite period(s) of time.

I got a real haul from my awesome partner Angela!

Blythe Swap: Time Traveling Blythe - what I received

Just look at all of this! Hand-sewn and -knit clothing, hair clips, pendants, embroidery floss, and fabric! Such a lot of awesomeness!

Blythe Swap: Time Traveling Blythe - what I received

I love the way all of these separates work together – I’ll be mixing and matching these happily.

And here’s what I sent:

Blythe Swap: Time Traveling Blythe - what I sent

These have a 60s/70s vibe and I had a lot of fun making things with these bold prints. I made two knit mini skirts, two sewn maxi skirts, two a-line dresses, three crop tops, one vest, two knit shawls, and an assortment of hair clips and mini pins. I’m so pleased with this swap – it was great to make and great to receive!

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