I finally finished all the holiday knitting I had on my list and decided to make another Katie Cardigan for my Blythes. I love this pattern (if I do say so myself) and it is a really nice piece for pairing with a dress, so I decided to make a new dress to go with it.
I’m so excited that Ellis is back!
Big thanks to Sarah at Kaleidoscope Kustoms!
I recently got an etsy gift card for my birthday (thanks, Jessica!) and decided to spend it on some Blythe staples. Here’s a video!
I finally arranged for Ellis to have her much-needed re-face-up so she can have her chin fixed!
I packed her up and sent her out over the weekend. I’m so excited to have her back soon!
Professor Aurora Sinistra is one of the lesser-known members of faculty at Hogwarts. She appears a few times in passing but does not take a super active role. One of the things we know about her, though, is that she teaches astronomy in the tallest tower at Hogwarts, which led me to believe that she would be a fan of a big, cozy cardigan. It must get chilly on top of that tower!
This cardigan is so big and cozy that it might also be used as a coat! Especially if you use a looser-knitting yarn like the Classic Elite Yarns Bam Boo that I used to make the blue one pictured here.
More dreams of autumn happening here…
How cozy is this sweater?! SO COZY. I would love to wear this one myself. Add a pair of fun leggings and that might just be my autumn uniform. The bonus of this pattern is that, being for Blythe rather than a human, it only takes a matter of minutes to knit it up! The worsted weight yarn and larger needles means that it is a breeze and I am all about instant gratification.
I got started on the floors for my room box over the weekend, though I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped.
The flooring I chose is a red oak veneer attached to a backing sheet. It comes unfinished, so it’s up to you how you want to treat it to get the look you want.
The first step no matter what you’re doing, though, is to sand it. It wasn’t very rough to the touch to start with so I chose steel wool to sand with. There were only a few spots that really felt like they needed sanding, so it didn’t take long to do this. Pro-tip: I did choose to wear work gloves to keep my hands from getting roughed up by the steel wool. After I finished wiping the flooring pieces down to remove any loose fibers, I realized that we didn’t have any foam brushes in the house (we used to have a bin of them but I suspect we got rid of them in one of the moves), so I had to set it aside until later. I think that I will glue the flooring down to the floor piece of the room box before I finish it, as I’m just using a polyurethane (not staining first). Wood glue seems to work well on the foam insulation the floor piece is made of (it is what K used to glue the magnets in) so I’ll glue both pieces down and then brush on the polyurethane. Getting there!
Did you have a sweater like this in the 80s? I know I had at least one and I remember it being super cozy. I have been wanting to practice my colorwork skills lately and I’ve been inspired to create Blythe patterns based on human garments. I think this one is a success!
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!
Pandas! Who doesn’t love them? They’re adorable and funny and I know so many people who are super into them. I got inspired recently and came up with this panda pattern for a Blythe sweater. It’s got contrast ribbing at the cuffs and hem, and is kind of minimalist in design – but I think it still totally reads as panda.