I’ve been on such a kick of making Blythe clothing! It’s great to feel so inspired. I hope it continues!
It’s been awhile since I posted any finished pieces in the AnneArchy shop. I’m concentrating on patterns there right now, and using my finished items to stock my own Blythe wardrobe and to give as gifts to Blythe friends and acquaintances.
I made this trio of Blythe dresses as I celebrated successful hair treatments for Dahlia, Ash, and Willow. Dahlia (left) is wearing a very cozy houndstooth that I think will layer nicely. I need to make some under-dress style blouses/shirts! Ash has a double-layer-skirt Dotted Swiss dress that I think turned out quite nicely. The top stitching is a very pale pink, which you can’t really see here, but is very sweet in person. Willow’s frock (right) is made from an extremely slippery and difficult to work with material in navy blue. It has some tiny sequins woven into the fabric, and the material itself has solid sections alternating with sheer sections. You can kind of see this in the skirt (she’s wearing a knit skirt underneath for modesty, but since I lined the top it doesn’t come across as sheer there [also modesty! Plus, it would have been impossible to sew if I didn’t have one of the best embroidery machines to use]). I’m very pleased with all of these and am excited to have them in my Blythe collection.
These five dresses I made as gifts. The giftee had mentioned that she didn’t have many blue dresses and that she likes floral and lace, so the dress on the left is a response to that. It’s got blue floral and lace trim! The next one is pink floral, which I think the giftee will also enjoy. The next two are gingham, another fave of the giftee, and both have tiny buttons on the bodice. Finally, a sort of experiment using some not-cotton fabrics. The polka dotted sand-colored fabric is layered over a coral pink, and I think the result is quite pleasing! It seems unusual to me, but to my eye, it works.
I am still feeling quite inspired by my stash, and I need to spend some time going through my patterns to try something new. I’ve read online that you can use a Neo Blythe pattern at 75% to fit Middie, and I’m excited to try that out! Have you done that? Seen any great patterns you’d recommend I pick up?
So it was my birthday earlier this week, and my awesome sistrah gifted me two new pairs of jimjams!
The first is made with some adorbs BT fabric. I had seen someone post a pic of this fabric on one of the MWBTR groups on fb awhile ago, and when I sent that pic to Susan, she said, “pretend you never saw that!” I was happy to do so because I knew it meant something cute was coming my way.
I had also found an amazing Bowie Frenchie fabric, from which she awesomely made me a second pair of jimjams. SO CUTE. Also, look at how great she is – the waistband uses the two accent colors
I recently went on a kick of knitting some softies, AKA stuffed animals. I have some unassigned acrylic aran weight yarn in my stash, and that’s prime fodder for this type of project.
This one is the All-in-One Bear by Kate Turton. This guy is knit, as you might guess from the pattern name, all in one piece. It’s a pretty easy pattern to follow and knit up really quickly. It’s got an old-school feel and I like the proportions of the limbs to body and so forth. If I make it again, I might do the ears slightly differently so that they’re less triangle-y, but overall I’m quite pleased with this bear.
Here we have a Grey Teddy Bear, pattern by Lucy Sinkler and Chrissy Gardiner. This guy is a little larger than the first bear, and he has more shaping in his arms and legs. In theory, this is a good thing, but in practice I feel like the limbs just ended up looking a little lumpy. I do, however, like the ears on this bear.
And, finally, the Little Lion, pattern by Lion Brand. I think that this little guy turned out very well. I happened to have the right yarn colors on hand (look familiar?) and he knit up quite quickly. The pattern called for sewing on felt eyes and nose, but I prefer the look of yarn, so I just did it my way.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with how these all turned out. All of these are from free patterns I found on Rav, but I have a few books of softies patterns on hold at the library, so I’m hoping to make a few more. This is part of a renewed de-stashing effort as well as an attempt to knit different types of projects that I haven’t done much before. The lion will be a gift, but I’m looking for homes for the two bears. Any takers?
One of the gals in my department recently had a baby boy, Teddy. He hasn’t shown a desire to sleep for more than a few hours at a time so far, so when I was thinking of what to knit for him, a blanket seemed appropriate. I thought sleepy thoughts while I made it, hoping that it will somehow come through to him and he’ll want to sleep through the night.
I adapted a pattern called Finnias, designed by Katie Benedict and used the recommended yarn: Shine Sport by Knit Picks. I wanted it to be rockin’, so I chose to knit it with Green Apple, Hydrangea (blue), Black, and Serenade (purple). I also adapted it so that the outer rows were only one-third as wide as the inner rows because (1) the blanket was getting humongous and (2) I was getting tired of knitting it. It’s all garter stitch and it seemed endless after awhile.
It was an easy project, perfect for working on while watching DVR and movies (you don’t need to pay much attention to the knitting, so you can focus on you’re watching). I’d recommend it. The yarn I used worked very well, too – it is a cotton/beech wood blend and can be machine washed and dried (a necessity for baby stuff).