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I've been making my way through Toymaking with Children again.  I really love the suggestions in this book, and we've got about fourteen of the toys here (a couple not homemade, like the playstands).  I might be almost brave enough to take up the carved wood items, maybe.  While I've seen a few other project books, this one really stands out.  The items are time-tested and are seldom unitaskers.  Also, they are less likely to be fought over or break.  Maybe it is the fact that they are to be made by the parent or teacher?  Enough talk, here are this week's projects:

Crown Headbands

These are the Crown Headbands.  We have knitted crowns, but these are more versatile.  They are good for shepherds, queens, holding feathers on the head, or being a comfortable headband.  Roan used one as a belt when he was collecting taxes as the Sheriff of Nottingham.  They were very quick to make, use up little bits of yarn, and will fit as long as they are needed.  I am tempted to wear one myself!

Knitted Doll

And here is the Knitted Doll, sitting under the Christmas tree.  This one is a gift for a friend of ours--we have so many dolls already!  A few have been taken out of commission because they were very, very loved and need to visit the Official Doll Hospital.  Anyway, this project was fairly fast.  The head was quite a challenge to get attached, as the extra fabric and wool goes into a simple yarn over button hole.  The body is lightly stuffed per the instructions, much softer than a regular doll.  The hands were very simple, though I put them off, and I added extra reinforcement to the neck.  The arms need at least two rows less at their beginning and end.  I had to take up some of the bulk in the seams.  Otherwise, a very sweet and simple doll, greats as a first doll for a toddler.

I have a lot on my plate, such that it is a pile now.  I've got a heap of doll clothes to sew, some things to mend, and a 18th century dress to sew for Willow.  I might be in too deep!  If I owe you a doll or clothes or a doll and clothes, I am sorry for the delay.  I must do things in the very early morning or in small moments here and there.  You are mothers, though, so I know you understand.  I've got to go mop floors now and plant some more things in the garden.  We are reading The Long Winter again and it is making me feel like stockpiling!

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May. 25th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
May. 25th, 2016 11:58 am (UTC)
Look at you with your crochet. I should take a picture of the (ahem) "crocheting" that Fiona and I did this year. I can't get it. I may have to go take a class at Jo-Ann. Those are such cute headbands, and great for open-ended play. 'Toymaking for Children' is very high up on my list of favorite books, too. I adore it, and sometimes I just look through it at the pictures. The projects are all so good. Your doll is so cute! My interest is piqued about the 18th century dress - you will have to tell me the pattern! - Stacey
May. 27th, 2016 09:33 am (UTC)
I learned crochet when I was around nine and it was easier to pick up than knitting, for me. It's certainly faster!

The dress is this pattern: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Butterick-B4569-Making-History-Girls-Colonial-Dress-Bonnet-Size-4-5-6-Uncut-/182112251546?hash=item2a66bc6e9a:g:c0gAAOSwFqJWp8hf
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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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