And we’re into March! People!
To craft our way into the month (and to stay sane before the stress of Final Exams in May, which is soon), Ruby and I are showcasing one of her most recent crochet outfits. 😀
Ruby now has a winter dress. I used 100% wool, multicolor yarn for the project. This yarn looks very similar to the yarn Wren’s Cobblestone Stitch Blanket was made with, but the colors are a little different. Also, Wren’s blanket was made with an acrylic blend, and this dress is wool. One thing these two balls of yarn have in common: the color changes weren’t intended to match so well — they just, did!
Some projects, such as this one, have certain memories. Ruby is a very special doll, and making these outfits for her is a special achievement each time a project is completed. In addition to memories of crocheting the outfit, there are others — how the yarn was chosen, for instance.
Shopping for yarn is a fun experience — though it can also get a bit frustrating. Looking for just the right yarn to use for a project might result in you staring at a yarn isle for 20, 30, 40 minutes or longer, visually contrasting all the different colors and trying to figure out what works best. That’s what usually happens when I go yarn shopping. That being said, choosing yarn for Ruby’s outfits is getting “easier”; I look for something that complements her complexion, namely her hair and eye color. And when the right color comes out and says, “Pick me, I’ll make Ruby look lovely!” Ruby’s true personality comes out with it. That’s what this ball of yarn said — it also asked me to make Ruby a pair of mittens, and maybe a hat, and some matching shoes. 🙂
I’ve been thinking of ways to create variety for the dolls; designing new patterns so the outfits don’t look the same. It’s the repetition that (occasionally) puts a stop to creativity. I’ve modified the Little Buddy dress pattern and am really satisfied with it — now for the next “Eureka!” crochet moment. (If you’re looking for inspiration, check out Yvonne’s post, and an insight I wrote a while ago.)
Stay tuned for more posts coming soon!
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