cuddly Charis

It’s another cuddly, quick-to-knit fingering weight sweater for Blythe: Charis!

Charis Sweater for Blythe

This sweater also features a cozy cable down the front (or back, if you choose to wear it reverse-cardigan style). This is another sweater I’d love to wear myself if only I had the patience for knitting human-sized garments.

Charis Sweater for Blythe

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

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vintage silk and lace

After finishing my big art quilt project and clearing off my work table, I was ready to make something quick and easy. Recently I scored some vintage scarves at an estate sale end this offer to an apartment for rent toronto and though some of them have long set-in stains that I wasn’t able to remove, portions of them are perfect for making Blythe clothing!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

This cream-colored silk scarf is quite sheer, so I knew I was going to combine it with some lace from my fabric stash. I grabbed a piece (thank you, remnants section at Joann!) and realized it worked perfectly!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

I used muslin as the lining for the bodice, since the silk is so fine and doesn’t have much structure. I did take extra care while turning the bodice so that I didn’t put any undue stress on the silk. It was tricky to press it and keep the silk looking good, but I managed it. The skirt is silk with lace on top and I used the existing hem of the scarf as the hem of the skirt – easy as pie!

Sometimes a simple dress can be really elegant given the materials you use. What have you been making lately?

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pretty Pantone floral

This weekend I cut into one of the fabrics I picked up at the new local quilt shop.

New fabrics from the Keepsake Quilt Shop

I like the combination of straight lines and the wee floral motif on this fabric. The pink and blue in the floral reminded me of the 2016 Pantone colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity.

Dahlia's new posy dress

When I looked closely at this fabric, I knew it would be perfect for a frock for Dahlia. It suits her very well, I think! For some reason, I has never occurred to me until now to press or steam the gathered skirt piece before sewing it to the bodice. I think that it made it easier to construct! I didn’t do a firm press, just a light one mostly relying on steam, but it helped the gathers to stay where I wanted them. How did I not think of this until now? Sometimes it seems like the most obvious things wait to reveal themselves.

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pursuing Blythe

My Blythe collection is larger than I ever thought it would be: I have four Neos, one Middie, and one LPS Petite.

When I bought my first Blythe, Willow (a gently pre-owned Prima Dolly Ashlette), I thought for sure I’d stick with just one. Then an online friend was interested in selling her Mademoiselle Rosebud and gave me a more-than-fair friend price, so Dahlia came to my collection. Then I decided that a custom girl was something I wanted, so I acquired a bait girl (Adorable Aubrey), Ash, and bought her a reroot and face-up. Then a friend was selling her slight custom Rainy Day Parade Ellis, and I felt I could give her a good home. Along the way I also picked up Daisy, my LPS Petite, and when Middie Jackie Ramone was released, I pre-ordered Maude right away. Her style is just perfect for me and I couldn’t resist seeing how a Middie is compared to my Neos.

I still think that I have “enough” Blythes, but I do think that I’d like to add another Neo to my collection eventually. Especially if I continue to make a little side money selling Blythe patterns, it seems justifiable to spend some of that money on my collection. I love both Willow’s and Dahlia’s long hair, and Ash’s mohair reroot is still exactly what I had hoped for. And Ellis’s bob with bangs is as classy as ever, but I do think I’d like a Neo with a shorter hairstyle without bangs. I’ve been looking through my Blythe Collection Guide Book and perusing Blythes online to see which models might fit the bill.

So far, I’ve narrowed the list to the following possibilities:
– Cloud 9 Bowl
– Excellent Holly Wood
– French Trench
– Frosty Frock
– Holly Wood
– Nicky Lad
– Prima Dolly Saffy

Blythe folks, you’ll know by looking that these run the gamut from super-rare (and way out of the range of what I’d consider reasonable to pay) to pretty darn affordable and not hard to find.

First off, there’s Cloud 9 Bowl.
Cloud 9 Bowl

I love her brilliant red hair, and her stock is actually super cute. She’s also an SBL, my favorite mold.

Next, let’s look at Holly Wood and Excellent Holly Wood.
Holly Wood

There are several different releases of this doll, first as Holly Wood and then as Excellent Holly Wood. The first one was an early Takara release and was a limited edition, so there is just about zero chance I’d ever be willing to pay enough to get her. The later Excellent Holly Wood might be possible, though she’s also not very commonly found, so I doubt that it would happen. I do love her waves/curls, though!

French Trench is from 2004 and is another beloved SBL.
French Trench

She’s got cute stock as well, and the way her hair curls at the end is lovely! She reminds me a lot of Willow, though (similar hair color, same SBL mold), so she might be too similar to justify getting her.

Next up: Frosty Frock
Frosty Frock

Her curls are so cute! Her stock is just okay. I don’t have any light-haired Blythes, so it might be nice to have one.

Nicky Lad has great stock:
Nicky Lad

I also like that her story is that she marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her front-facing light blue chips are also such a great color!

Prima Dolly Saffy is similar in many ways to Frosty Frock, but her hair is not as platinum blonde.
Prima Dolly Saffy (PD2S)
There is also an Encore release of Saffy, so probably either of them would work for me, as they look very similar from the photos I’ve seen online.

ANYWAY, at this point I’m just trying to narrow it down a little and get a sense of how available these dolls are and how much they’re selling for these days. I’m not anywhere near ready to make a purchase, and it’s fun to have a thing to look at without any real intention of buying right now. Blythe folks: do you have any of these? Any commentary or suggestions will be most welcome!

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Carnival creations

Finally, I’m posting about the goodies I sent out to my swap buddy for the Carnival/Circus swap.

I didn’t take a photo of everything in the package, but luckily Kristal did! I had fun designing the tags for each package – I printed out two pieces for each, the red/white striped background and the blue ticket-shaped piece with a carnival-related phrase. I embellished them with stickers and scrapbooking bits and bobs.

Swap package!

And here’s Kristal’s shot of everything unwrapped. She mentioned that she likes lace, so I included some extra along with the stickers, tickets, and items I made.

Swap lovelies

I wanted to make clothing that evoked the circus or carnival, but wasn’t super literal. For me, circus-y stuff can cross the line to clowny pretty easily and I didn’t really want to go there. I thought that this combination of striped fabric with the large harlequin-type pattern worked well and felt appropriately festive.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Same goes for this sweater and skirt set. I wanted to have a hint of circus tent stripes in the top, and I think that it worked out pretty well. You can’t tell in the photo, but the black and blue stripes of the sweater have some texture to them – the black stands out a little on the blue. I didn’t want the skirt to be exactly matchy, and I think that it goes well but is still a bit different.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Finally, I made a custom Blythe tarot deck! I designed the card backs using a photo of Ellis as the centerpiece. I used some new-to-me photoshop skills to cut her out so that just her head would be featured on the cards and I’m happy that I know how to do that now. I used a free printable Ryder-Waite deck for the actual card faces.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I free-handed a knitted bag for the cards, and it turned out on the first try! I love it when that happens. The bag is gathered at the top, with eyelets knitted in for the purple drawstring.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I think that this project turned out pretty well!

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Overall, a successful swap! I’m going to have to do better at taking photos of everything before I send it out in future swaps.

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stripeyfest 2011

I got a custom order recently for four Halloween stripey sweaters for Blythe. I love this color combination and I’m already so excited about Halloween that it was easy to whip through them.

custom halloween sweaters for Blythe

I don’t have four Blythes in the house at the moment (the bait girl I’ve had in storage forever is currently off being customized – more on her soon!), so I had to fill in with Turtle the Pullip, but I think the effect is still pretty cool. I might have to make my own set of matching outfits sometime.

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Road Trip Swap!

I participated in the Road Trip Swap through the Blythe Swap Group and I got an awesome package!

swap goodies!

How cute is this tag? I love it.

swap goodies!

What a haul! My swap partner included so much awesomeness.

swap goodies!

This. Hat. Rules.

skully hat

And a punk rock princess dress!

punk dress

Plus bags and coffee and lip gloss!

bags, coffee, and lip gloss

And last but certainly not least, the cutest amigurumi Boston Terrier evar!

cutest amugurumi BT ever!

 

Dahlia is impressed. (Not to mention dressed to the nines.)

Dahlia checking out the swap goodies

Dahlia checking out the swap goodies

Thank you supa mega, Bunny B!

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upside down

So I finally made time to wash Dahlia’s hair today. I gave her the boiled water treatment and then a quick shampoo and light condition, per the recommendations made by those more knowledgeable in the ways of Blythe. It seems to have worked really well! Her hair is super easily combable now and looks nice and shiny.

Meanwhile, though, she has to dry and I don’t want it to dry funny from laying on it, so…

Dahlia drying after a hair treatment

Dahlia drying after a hair treatment

28/52: what the hell?!

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