Friday, 30 March 2018

My work on the Chicstar website


Just a quick drive-by post.  It's always kind of exciting to see one's own work in an online store.

This butterfly print is one of mine, and seeing it on this lovely dress is a thrill. 


They've also accepted a couple of my other prints, so I'm looking forward to seeing those appear.  


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

KP-007: Knitted coat pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls


Feeling chilly lately! So I made my girls snuggly coat, jacket and hats.   The new pattern is fun to knit, and is laid out so that you can choose sleeve fittings (over thicker or thinner garments) and you can choose length. Knit a coat or a jacket with matching hat in two styles.


*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries.)  I always recommend that people look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate due to the international exchange rates.

My Craftsy store:

On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage. Free postage on orders over £30.00)

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)
If you do buy from me here on the blog, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

You can find the sales pages at the top of the blog, in tabs for each section. I will email you the pattern PDF files directly, after you've cleared checkout. Click this link to email me, if you have any queries.




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Love the two girls together.

Layla is wearing the clothing from KP-006, the capsule wardrobe under her coat.  Gracie has bare arms under her jacket.



The hat is very cute and will fit Layla's head, and Gracie's larger head.  I love hats with ear flaps, these are very easy to knit.


Knitting seems to be my passion at the moment.  I will be sewing again, but I find knitting is very restful.   Next, a dress, methinks.  If I can get it right.


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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kaye Wiggs Layla MSD



Eeeeh!   Finally, she's all complete.

I got my Layla's head back from Krowbar today.  I love all his face ups, but each time they still seem to get more and more beautiful.

I've added eyelashes, and inserted lovely brown eyes.

The wig is a Monique Gold 'Bea', which is very pretty and wavy, but I had to trim it a bit to tame it.  I don't know how people who publish all these lovely pics of their dolls to the interwebs manage to cope with all the flyaways.  I often dip a comb into water and comb the wigs through, but putting a damp wig on a BJD with face up is really not advisable.

Dipping a finger in water and smoothing the ig a bit helps, just as long as you keep any moisture away from the doll's face.  Face up sealant does not like water.  I've learned this to my cost, so please learn from my expensive mistake and preserve your dolly's face by keeping it clean and dry.

Right. Onto the picspam.  Click on the images to see larger versions.

She's dressed in the knitwear outfit I made for KP-006, the capsule wardrobe.




At first I didn't get the eyes in right, and you can see eye putty squidged through so it was visible.   But this pic below is the best one I've got so far of the lovely artwork.



I do like slightly thicker brows.  they make the doll look more youthful, and I love the young Brooke Shields look.



Excuse all the stuff in the background.  I do need to put up a proper white backdrop and photograph her properly, but was eager to get some quick snaps.



She's perfect.  I'm so happy with her. And just in case the lady I bought her from is looking in, thank you so much! 

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Got my knit on



Since winning my appeal and having my benefits reinstated, I've been having a sort of busman's holiday.   I find it very hard to just kick back and do absolutely nothing, so I've just been puttering about for a bit.    With the backpay I received, I admit to having a little bit of a spree.  I bought some Iplehouse dolls (ZOMGYAY CAN'T WAIT) obviously, and I got one of my my Kaye Wiggs grail dolls.

And a beautiful new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet.  Which has become an extended part of me.  I adore the thing,  and frequently stroke it lovingly and tell it how clever  it is.

I just recently also blew a fair bit on knitting yarns too, and have got my knit on lately.

Wool Warehouse is FAB for knitting yarn in the UK.  They seem to be cheaper than most other sites - indeed I haven't found one cheaper (thanks Trish!)  But that doesn't mean the quality of service is sacrificed.  They phoned me to politely apologise for not having one of the yarns I ordered in stock, and usually I get my yarn next day, or within two days.  Perfect.

It also comes in beautiful large organza bags, so I can keep it clean and dust free, and it looks so nice.

Here are some plain cottons, in mouthwatering colours:



And I'm a sucker for variegated yarns.  Compared to years back when did a pile of knitting projects for art college, the selection is huge.



This is the same bag, just photographed from the other side...


So I've kind of been relaxing, and doing a lot of knitting, and working out patterns. Here's a sneak preview of a coat and hat set, which will be released soon-ish.



And a little knitted dress, which I think Layla wants to keep. It'll look great with necklaces and tights. Those eyelets around the waist will have belt/ties, eventually.



Despite the overspend, I have kept some of the dosh safe and sound in my savings account for a rainy day.   I now need to stop spending, mostly because I'm running out of space in my tiny, tiny room.   I can't seem to knit or sew fast enough...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

New Knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls. KP-006, capsule wardrobe.



I'll start by saying that I personally prefer very fine weights of yarn for dolls. I feel 1, 2, and 3 plys fit in better with the scale of the doll.  However!  (and there always is a however) Many dolly knitters don't feel confident to tackle work on such small needles - which is absolutely fair enough.  Hence,  I've been asked lots of times for a knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls in 4 ply.

So here it is.


*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries.)  I always recommend that people look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate due to the international exchange rates.

My Craftsy store:

On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage. Free postage on orders over £30.00)

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)
If you do buy from me here on the blog, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

You can find the sales pages at the top of the blog, in tabs for each section. I will email you the pattern PDF files directly, after you've cleared checkout. Click this link to email me, if you have any queries.




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This started out to be simply a cardigan that can be worn as a sweater, in two lengths.  Only I go so into enjoying my knitting, that it ended up with legwarmers, gloves, a neat turban hat and a mini skirt.  Rather than keep these goodies to myself, I decided to throw them all into the pattern.

for those of you who are not familiar with my knitting patterns, you do get a bit more than most standard knitting patterns. I provide a few pictures for key steps, and I explain a lot more than is usually explained in a knitting patter.  Thus these are pretty good for beginners and experts alike.  A little knowledge it assumed, like a couple of different methods of casting on, and the stitches, etc.  but I think people will find this easy and fun to use.


Two lengths of top - which can be worn as a cardigan, or turned around as a sweater.  This is the short length, in the aqua colour.




Lots of bits and pieces to add together for an outfit.  All of the garments fit 17" AND 18" dolls, over leotard and tights, or without.





This is the longer top, worn as a sweater over the skirt.




The turban hat will stretch to fit Gracie's larger head too, and looks just as good on the smaller Layla head.  My Layla has elf ears, and the hat can be tucked behind her ears, or pulled over them.  I think it looks cutest tucked behind.




So that's that for now.

Having had my benefits reinstated, and having been awarded backpay for a horribly stressful year of waiting, I've found I can afford to take a bit of a break.  this doesn't mean I will, seeing as I'm addicted to making doll stuff, but it does mean the patterns will be a bit slower coming.

I need the rest, so am taking it slowly for a while, and I may even make some outfits for myself to actually keep, so my own dolls don't have to go nekkid.

Having a bit of cash in my account for a change, I've also indulged myself.  I bought the grail sunkissed Layla doll, who has been a painted by Krowbar for me - pictures will be forthcoming.  Then I went to the Iplehouse website and ordered some dolls I thought I could only ever dream of owning.  On the list are a BID, a KID, a JID - and I've been brave on size and bought myself a nYID with SID head.  I'm so excited!  I bought new shoes for the nYID, which have no owner yet, but as I love shoes.... well.

The girls will be BID Bonnie,  KID Lonnie, JID Amy (with special faceup) and nYID with SID Mari head.  I fell head over heels with Mari, she's so beautiful.   The SID and EID bodies are a bit big for me.  I just don't enjoy sewing for dolls over a certain size.  So I'm hoping the nYID body won't be too daunting.

Now comes the looooong wait...
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