Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kaiya's Doll

As promised, some photos of the doll I made for Kaiya for Christmas. I was so nervous that I'd completely muck it up but I must say, I'm pretty happy with the results. It certainly did help that my mom helped me. She cut the pattern and did the face and, as my hands were pretty battered by the end of my month of crazed knitting, She did the hand sewing. I think we make a pretty good team. We're going to keep practicing, now knowing what we would change.
The proportion is off. My fault, as she was drawing it out I felt that the body was just way too scrawny, now I know, and so she's kind of chunky. I also was not totally thrilled with downward slope of the eye line, but since I have made another doll head for a dolly I will making for River's first birthday next month, and I'm super happy with it. Practice makes perfect.
I used the dimensions found here (she is about 18 inches long) and followed this wonderful tutorial. The same doll maker who did the tutorial on Flickr also has one for wigs. And like I said, I was up quite late on Christmas Eve making her so more clothes are coming... soon.
The hat was one I made for River (this pattern) when she was just a wee babe, but not wee enough and so really only wore it once or twice. I'm happy to see it being used finally.
Socks also some that River has outgrown.
In the end, all that really matters is Kaiya is very in love with her. I asked her last night what she had named her. Kaiya, she said. Their hair is the same color so they should have the same name.

9 comments:

KnitterMama said...

Oh little Kaiya is BEAUTIFUL. She doesn't look out of proportion to me at all! I just completed my second Waldorf doll--they are so much work and so worth it in the end. This last one did a number on my hands. You are so lucky to have help from your mom!

karen said...

Kaiyas doll is gorgeous and how special that it was made by her mum and grandma. I love her hat too:) Hope you all had wonderful christmas and solstice celebrations!

Tara said...

She is beautiful and the hat almost seems to have been made for her. Most importantly, she looks to be one loved doll.

momma rae said...

she is gorgeous!! what a lovely job your mom and you did. so nice that you did it together. it is very appropriate that kaiya gave her doll her name.

Gremlina said...

beautiful! I LOVE her hair!

Julie said...

Thanks ladies!

Mamawild said...

Beautiful...great job Mama! She looks like she is loved already. : )

Nicole Benjamin said...

she is absolutely gorgeous julie!
my little ones named their waldorf dolls after themselves as well, it really shares how important these little dolls are to them.

Lynnette said...

What a beautiful little lady! I think you did a marvelous job! I recently finished making one for my daughter. I used a kit but used different yarn for the hair. I am working on getting up a post to introduce "Emmy". I need to get to work on one for my boy who has a birthday coming up. I need to check out that site for the hair..I'm a little nervous about making boy hair. :)

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