The Knitter’s Book of Socks

The Knitter's Book of SocksI have yet to knit a pair of socks myself, but I think about doing so on a regular basis. I use a lot of sock yarn to knit things for Blythe, but I haven’t gotten the wherewithal to commit to this yet. When I eventually make time for it, I’ll use this book to guide my choices for fiber, yarn, type of sock pattern, and so forth. My post at CPL has more on this book.


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!


Stray Sock Sewing

stray+sock+sewing+cover Stray Sock Sewing: Making One-of-a-Kind Creatures from Socks by Daniel, photography by Liao Chia Wei

We’re all familiar with the ever-popular sock monkey, but these critters are a different animal (ha) altogether. Daniel has created a sweet collection of cuddly creatures made from socks, thread, buttons and a variety of fun findings. He uses embroidery floss to add details, almost the same way an illustrator would use a line of ink. There are cats, bears, pigs, elephants, and even a punk zebra. My favorites might be the Sock Doll Tweens, who are emo, slouchy, and sort of reminiscent of The Doubtful Guest (though his scarf is striped and their bodies are).

While the stray socks you’ll find around the house will certainly not measure up in cool-looking-ness, the projects pictured here are definitely very doable for anyone who has (or is willing to learn) some basic hand sewing skills. As far as craft materials go, shelling out a few bucks for some cute socks isn’t bad. Add a Stray Sock Creature to my crafty to-do list.

Reviewed from library copy.