It’s a wrap for Middie Blythe

A wrap skirt!

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe - mid length

I have found my knitted wrap skirts for Neo Blythe really handy. They go with just about any top and look especially nice with the sweaters I’ve knit.

For my Middie Blythe, Maude, I have the same problem that a lot of collectors do: not enough clothes in Middie size! Like a lot of others, I’ve been collecting Blythe clothes and accessories for awhile, and it can be a little annoying when I realize that I don’t have much in the way of garments for Maude.

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe - mid length

So I designed this skirt pattern and included three lengths so I can have more variety in Maude’s wardrobe.

Wrap Skirt for Middie Blythe photo Middie three lengths_zpsnqbodikz.jpg

It can be worn with the wrap in the front, or turned around so that it just appears to be a clean a-line skirt. I made myself quite a few of these and they are SO QUICK to knit up. Almost ridiculously fast – sit down for an hour or two of TV and you’ve got at least one skirt done!

Kim Sweater for Middie Blythe

This pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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Maude’s face-up

Maude has a face-up!

So, way back when, I was named the lucky winner of ThriftyDoll’s Face-Up Giveaway on BlytheLife. I was SO EXCITED, especially because I had only recently gotten my first Middie and she was looking pretty shiny and reflective in photos. Since I am often shooting in low light or with a camera phone, I really wanted her to have a matte finish so her beauty would shine, rather than the surface of her face.

Jenni was excellent! She worked with me to figure out what exactly I wanted and as a result I am completely, 100% pleased with the outcome. Maude is looking gorgeous!

Maude

Of course I happened to be moving during the middle of this process, which dragged it out a bit more than just the usual time needed for overseas shipping and back. It was so worth the wait, though!

As you can see, it’s a pretty natural look, with subtle shading that adds up to a great effect without being super noticeable. I think that this kind of subtlety is especially difficult to achieve. Well done, Jenni! I also love the earth tones she used, which I think accentuate Maude’s unique hair color perfectly.

Maude

Now, as you can clearly see in these photos, Maude is in need of a major hair treatment. I haven’t done anything to her hair since I first took her out of the box, and she’s kind of static-y yet at the same time sticky/greasy. Her bangs are also SUPER uneven (and there are a few random hairs of different lengths here and there), but I want to give it a thorough washing before I tackle a trim. So that will be the next step in Maude’s very slow journey to being settled into my Blythe fam.

Thanks again to Jenni and to BlytheLife!

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11 for 2011: Blythe Wishlist Meme

BlytheLife recently posted a dolly meme that’s been popular lately, in which one chooses 11 wishlist items for 2011. Fun!

These are all things that I’ve been thinking about for awhile and probably I’ll continue to do so. I don’t have a sense of urgency about any of them, and I figger things will work out when they do, and that’s good enough. Going from left to right, top to bottom:

11 for 2011 dolly wishlist

1. My dream custom mohair reroot Blythe. (This photo is a placeholder since she doesn’t exist yet! I really dig the look of this reroot by Pheisty.)  I’ve been collecting pieces – I’ve got the girl (bald Prima Dolly Aubrey Encore), eyechips, and pull ring charms, so I just need to buy the mohair and send her for rerooting and customizing. I’ll get there someday!

2. Make my girls a classic Doctor Who scarf. (This is NxtDrGrrl‘s cute example.)

3. More progress on the front garden, so it becomes a more versatile place to take Blythe photos.

4. Make time to use more of the awesome fabrics I’ve accumulated, to make more Blythe dresses.

5. Improve my skills at photography, especially refining the lighting and my skills using my lightbox. (This isn’t mine pictured here – but there are a lot of good notes and ideas on this photo!)

6. Acquire some sort of carry case so that I can take a Blythe with my in my purse and not worry about her getting scratched or super static-y. I’m not sure yet what shape/design I want. (The one pictured here is cute!)

7. Acquire or create some sort of efficient but accessible dolly clothing storage closet/system. Right now I keep all my Blythe clothes in Ziploc bags in a scrapbook storage box, but I can’t see what I have at a glance the way I’d like to. The challenge will be figuring out a system that keeps things safe, dust-free, and yet doesn’t take up a lot of real estate. (Isn’t Little Sheep Eep’s closet so cute?)

8. Expand my use of Re-ment and other minis in my Blythe photography. I have a bunch of this stuff and I just hardly ever remember to use it!

9. Acquire some of Laura Lorraine’s hair clippies for my girls.

10. More stripey socks!

11. Keep up with all my awesome Blythe peeps on Flickr, Blythe Kingdom, and Twitter. You are all terrific!

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