Sunday, January 6, 2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Thanks for the sweet comments on the clothes I’ve created for the girls’ dolls. They really made me smile.

I have another project to share with you. Jessica found a book I bought several years ago and then tucked away with the grand intention of making some clothes for the girls’ Barbie dolls for Christmas that year. Um, that never happened and I kind of even forgot I bought the book. Here is a link I found for a paperback version on Amazon. I actually have the hardback copy. So, anyway, Jessica found the book and immediately started looking through it. Next thing I knew, she had sticky noted several projects. She asked me to work on one of these projects rather than another 18 inch doll outfit, because the Barbie projects would take less time since they are smaller. I guess you can’t argue with her logic. And she was pretty well right. Here’s the first effort from the book:

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The reason behind the title of this post, if you are interested, is this. My mom made some clothes for my Barbie dolls and my Ken doll. Some she sewed and some she knit. They have been passed on to the girls. And the stand out project I remember that she made for me is a Fisherman Knit sweater for my Ken doll. I don’t know where it is at the moment, but I really liked that sweater. Maybe in part for it’s ability to hold my Ken doll’s head on. One of my brothers cracked the neck and in those days you didn’t get another one, you made do with the one you had. ;) I remember being in awe of the little stitches and feeling very special that she made something just for my dolls.

When I saw the sweater in this book, I knew immediately what my first project was going to be. Jessica originally wanted it in pink, but that sock yarn is hard to find in solid pink, so she okayed using the Heart and Sole sock yarn from Red Heart as a distant second choice. She is very happy with the final result, so it’s all good.

And I got to do for my daughter something my mom did for me. And that is a very good thing in my mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great start to your week.


Alanna said...

What a neat story you shared and I adore the sweater you made.

Happy Crocheter said...

Hi Jeanne,

I loved the story about your Mom and you. Especially the part where the sweater held your Ken head on. My brothers used to do stupid things to my dolls too. Thanks so much for sharing.

Love and Hugs,

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Hi Jeanne,
Oh, I should have known that you had that special heritage! What an awesome thing to share with your Mom.

This sweater is just delicious looking - I want one for me! (in my size, that is)! (tee,hee).


Barb said...

Just goes without saying that I love the sweater you made. I am in awe of your yarn skills.

And, I loved hearing your story too. It just made me appreciate what you're doing for your girls, even more.

Barb :)