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Ood Shoes

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a busy week. A friend of mine gardens, and we have been busy harvesting, prepping, and canning various fruits and veggies. It is exhausting work, and I am glad it only happens once per year. Even with all of that going on, I have been making time in the evenings to crochet. My wrist had a hard time with these, but I managed to get them done by doing a row or two each night. Take a peek!

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To create these, I used a pattern by the same people who made the pattern I used for Cofelia’s flats. This pattern is for Barbie Basic Socks and it was created by dezalyx.  Since this doll has normal feet, I didn’t have to make any major adjustments. The only change I made was in the length – their full pattern creates a knee-length sock while I stopped at more of a boot length. I considered staying true to the full original pattern, but I just didn’t see an Ood as being the type to have boots that ride that high.

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I think that this height is more appropriate for the overall Ood style. It also compliments the length of her pants. I went until approximately row 16 in the pattern. I didn’t do a very good job of writing down notes while making them, but I did count 16 rows on one of the shoes. If you make this pattern, make sure to put the shoe on the doll every 3-4 rows. Their legs increase in diameter surprisingly fast, and on the first sock I had to unravel a few rows and add an increase because it didn’t fit.

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I am excited for how well this outfit is coming together! She is really starting to look like an Ood. My next project will be her gloves. Because of my wrist problems, I expect it to take a while before I finish them. Please be patient! I promise I am doing my best, but I have this brace on for another month, and it greatly limits my range of motion. Combine that with black thread and you have a less than ideal crocheting experience. Still, I do my best! Hopefully it will be enough. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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The Mad Woman in the Attic

Hello everybody! I am so glad to be back in the swing of things. I have been making good progress on the Ood shirt. I adore the look of Sticka till Barbie pattern #913, and thus far it has been smooth sailing. We will see how I feel when it is time to stitch it up, but for now I am making steady progress with it. Luckily, this isn’t what today’s post is about. Today’s post is about some of the neat things we’ve found while visiting family.

In the first installment in a series I lovingly call ‘stuff we found at grandma’s house’, I bring to you a cool cache of doll patterns. My mother is an avid crafter, and growing up she made us girls a myriad of doll clothes and accessories. During those years, she accumulated a bunch of patterns in books. For those of you who are too young to remember a time before the internet, we used to be limited to the patterns we could find in books at the local craft store or library. My mom amassed quite the collection over the years, and she still uses them to this day. Under the bed in the guest room, tucked inside a plastic container, I sorted trough various crochet, knit, and plastic canvas patterns to find all of the patterns designed for Barb- *ahem* fashion – dolls. I was not disappointed! Here are pictures of everything I found.

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The Needlecraft Shop Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Carry & Play Craft Room

The Needlecraft Shop Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Carry & Play Wedding Chapel

The Needlecraft Shop Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Carry & Play Floor & Tote

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Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Beauty Salon 3104

Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Living Room 3085

Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Hearts ‘n’ Flowers Bedroom 3140

Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Country Kitchen 3083

Crochet Fashion Doll Ruffles & Ribbons Bedroom

Fashion Doll Family Room

Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Nursery 3095

Fashion Doll Playhouse

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Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Vanity Boxes

Crochet Collection Costume Volume 1

Fashion Doll Moments in Time Edwardian Era Garden Stroll

College & Career Fashion Doll Wardrobe

Crochet Fashion Doll Tooth Fairies

Fashion Doll Birthday Belles Vol. 1

Crochet Fashion Doll Southern Belle Trinket Boxes

Fashion Doll Birthday Belles Vol. 2

Unbelievable, non? I am so lucky to have a mom who kept these over the years. We haven’t decided exactly how we will share them, but I am confident that we’ll work something out. I am just so excited about the new possibilities these patterns open. With internet patterns, it is hit or miss on whether they are well written. You generally have much better luck with printed patterns, so I am all the more motivated to finish the Ood dolls so I can dive into some of these.

The pattern I am most excited about is the College & Career Fashion Doll Wardrobe. It has 17 patterns that cover everything from nurse to Victorian era lady. I can think of several episodes of Doctor Who that tie back into the patterns in this book, and chances are good that I will choose one of them once I finish the Ood dolls.

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I absolutely adore the details on the last doll’s blouse. It reminds me of the movie Pollyanna. I also think that the winter ensemble is lovely.

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That nurse outfit is right up my alley! I am trying to remember whether or not there was a nurse in the Empty Child episode. That episode was amazing in so many ways. I loved the costume design and the overall story. If I can find more children and teenage dolls, I may have to try my hand at making characters from that story.

I am also excited by the plastic canvas patterns. I plan on making a few Ood accessories from what is in there. It is just a matter of deciding which one is the most fitting. Ood at the beauty parlor? Ood getting married? So many delightful possibilities.

The wedding chapel would be awesome to make to go with the first episode of New Who to make me cry, Father’s Day. Call me an old softie, but it was such a touching story. If I can find a good ginger Ken to be Pete, I will have a go at it. I could make the entire wedding party! It would be extravagant and crazy and just my style. Or Donna! I’ve wanted to do Donna’s wedding since the beginning of the year. Either would make for a fun set.

I also like the larger ‘birthday belle’ dresses. I know my mom made one or two of them for my birthday in the 90’s. I keep hoping we’ll find a box with a few more dolls and they’ll pop up. I remember she did one in a peach color, and it was such a lovely dress. There is one more location where they may be hiding, so fingers crossed that I have a bit of luck finding them.

That is everything for today! I hope you enjoyed seeing these because I certainly enjoyed sharing them. It is always fun to have a blast from the past, and these are very nostalgic for me. I suppose much of Doctor Who gets me that way, too. The mix of new stories and nostalgic throw-backs has always kept me intrigued, even if it takes me a while to warm up to a new Doctor. Until next time, I hope you have a fantastic week.

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Prototype Ood Mask

I’m back! Yay! Due to family circumstances, I was away from my home the last two weeks. That also meant I was away from my crafting supplies and the computer I use to create posts. So sorry that this suddenly popped up, but I’m sure everybody can understand that sometimes real life has to come before blogging. The good news is that I have an Ood mask to show you!

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This is a prototype Ood mask. It isn’t the final product, but rather one that I used to make a pattern and try out a few techniques. I used a hank of size 5 mercerized crochet cotton in the color ecru for the body of the mask. I bought it at a thrift store a few months ago – it was half off, so I got 2 hanks for $0.75. The brand is Lily Mills Company and it looks fairly old. I have never dealt with a hank of yarn before. After examining it and realizing that it needed some attention before I could use it, I started balling the yarn. It was hard at times (and tiring), but balling it up went very smoothly until the end. The last 3 yards were tangled into a big knot that took about an hour of my time and effort to fix. I felt very accomplished when I had the entire thing balled up.

Once I had my tools ready, I was able to dive into the pattern. This Ood mask is inspired by a Ravelry pattern for an Ood Ski Mask by Lilana Wofsey Dohnert. The pattern on Ravelry is lovely, so I started by using the exact pattern with crochet thread and a smaller crochet needle. Much to my dismay, my first attempt at making the actual mask was tough. The dimensions didn’t scale down by just using smaller thread and a smaller hook. It turned out far too big and too short to fit well on the doll’s head. In addition, crochet thread has much less stretch than regular yarn, which caused it to be impossible to fit over her head. Once I realized this (after a few hours of work), I unraveled my work and started making my own pattern.

Making my own pattern always has challenges because I am a bit of a perfectionist. I made the initial circle on top of the head too big with my first try (60 stitches), so I ended up unraveling three rows to where it was only 54 stitches around. I then worked that for 12 rows before I decided that was still too big. I think that, in my mind, there needed to be a lot of extra room for her hair, but it was just too much space. I unraveled all of those rows and reduced it down to 42 stitches. This made a mask that was snug but not confining, so I began to crochet to the length I wanted.

My next problem was when I realized that I needed to get the finished mask over her giant doll-head without damaging my work or the doll. I decided that the easiest way to do this was to add a slit in the back, so I unraveled at least a dozen rows and added a slit with lacing holes. In the end, this will act like a Lucha Libre mask – it will cover the face and lace up tightly in the back. I still think I should have made that part longer (I have added that modification to the pattern and the second one should resolve this problem). After much frustration, I worked it long enough to cover her neck and cast off. I then added the ridge that goes around the mouth and the ears. The body of this first mask took about 26 hours of crocheting, unraveling, and modifying before it came close to what I wanted. When I make a second one to test out my modifications, I know it won’t take nearly as long.

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Once I finished the body of the mask, I had to embroider the eyes. My first attempt at this was a fail. They were uneven in every way, so I pulled those stitches out and did it again. The second attempt was better, but one eye was taller than the other. I went in and added more stitches to it, and I came up with the final eyes. They are more fleshed out and look nicer than before. They are exactly the eyes I was hoping for. It is a bit hard to see in these pictures, but I hope that you can see the difference between the two attempts at eyes. Once they were sewn on, I washed the mask with a mild dish soap and let it dry overnight.

The final step was to create the tentacles. It was a giant pain! It is frustrating to work into chains with a tiny crochet hook and thread. Added to this, I wasn’t able to use the same tentacle technique as the inspiration pattern. Their tentacles looked too tightly curled, and it didn’t translate well to the smaller thread. I wound up experimenting with my own tentacles, and after many tries I found a technique that I was happy with.

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As you can see, this prototype is missing the white translator orb. I want this Ood to have a translation orb because it has white eyes (when I test out the pattern, I plan on make the mask have red eyes and a hindbrain). Anyways, when fist trying to create said orb, I had a mommy brain moment. I originally picked out some white thread, but it was size 30. It was the only skein of white yarn that I could find, so I figured that I would just make due with it. After struggling with the tiny thread for several minutes, I put it down and decided that using such small thread wasn’t worth the effort (it was hard to work with and was going to take a substantial amount of time to finish such a small item). Then I realized that I had another skein of white thread that I had used it to make the two Adipose. I have no idea where the yarn went, so for now the translation orb is on hold (pun intended).

Since I am making this pattern myself, I am going to make a second Ood to wear the second mask. Once I finish the second mask, I will publish the finished pattern on the blog. I don’t want to post it now because I will probably make a few more changes as I crochet the second mask. I want to give you the best pattern I can come up with so that other Whovians can create this for their dolls.

That is it! I am currently working on some Ood pants now that I am home. I am a bit out of practice, but I hope to get back up to par quickly. Once I finish the pants, I will work on the second  mask and the shirt that the Ood will wear. I am very happy to be back home and able to blog again. In addition to that, I will do a blog post or two with some cool crafting items I obtained while I was away. It should be fun! I look forward to the journey ahead.

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Toddler Dress Pattern

This is a simple toddler dress pattern for the little Shelly/Kelly sized doll. It should fit most 3-1/2″ to 4″ dolls, and it is very easy to add length if needed.

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Supplies:

– Size 10 Crochet Thread (I used unmarked thrift store yarn for this, but I am moderately sure it is size 10)
– Size 6 (1.80 mm) Crochet Hook
– Finishing Needle

Here are a few notes before you begin:
– I did this in the round, but you can join at the end of each row if you choose. I found that doing it in the round creates a smoother finish.
– This pattern can be modified for length – you can easily add rows or subtract them as you see fit.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Slip – Slip Stitch
Increase – Multiple stitches into a single stitch of the previous row
Foundation Single Crochet – a technique where you create a chain and a single crochet in one pass; here is a link to a great video tutorial by Crochet Ever After on how to do it.

– Dress –

Row 1: Ch 25, join with first stitch, ch 1, sc 25 (25 stitches)

Rows 2-8: sc 25 (25 stitches)

Row 9: 2 sc into each stitch (50 stitches)

Rows 10-20: sc 50 (50 stitches)

Row 21: Skip one stitch, DC 6 times into one stitch, Skip one stitch, slip into the next stitch.
Repeat this pattern for a total of 12 scallops on the bottom edge of the dress. Cast off.
**DO NOT chain two before doing the double crochets**

– Top –
Row 1: Join back into the top of the dress 8 stitches away from the back seam (where you cast off the dress), ch 1, sc 8 across, turn (8 stitches)

Row 2-3: ch 1, sc 8, turn (8 stitches)

Row 4: ch 1, sc 8, ch 21

Row 5: Turn, sc into the second chain from hook , sc 27 (19 into the chains, 8 into the top), slip stitch into the bottom of the row, foundation chain 20, cast off

– Finishing –
Finish by taking your finishing needle and working in the ends of the yarn.

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This is my original pattern and protected by copyright law. These instructions may not be duplicated, distributed, or sold in any form. You are welcome to create and sell the items that you make using this pattern; I kindly ask that you link back to my blog if you choose to do so. If you make this pattern, please let me know! I would love to see your work, and I will update the pattern as needed with the feedback given.

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New Year, New Goals

Like many people, I try to set a few goals to get my new year off to a great start. One of mine pertains to the blog! It is to refrain from starting any new DIY/craft/whatever projects until I have finished one that I have already started. This will put me at no more than four concurrent projects at any given time. Four does seem like a lot, but it isn’t terrible considering the loose ends I currently have floating around.

When I started writing this post, I had four projects on my hook. First is an infant sized Dalek dress I am making for family pictures we will take this spring. The only thing I have left on it is to work in the 10,000 loose ends involved in creating it. I made some bad choices when doing the bobbles, and I will leave it at that.

Second, I am finishing a scarf for a friend who lives overseas. It is an entralac scarf, and the body of it is finished. The problem is that I ran out of yarn, so I need to buy more of the super-soft yarn to finish the edging. I haven’t had a chance to drive into the city to buy it, but I hope to within the next week.

Third, I am working on a set of commissioned toddler hats based on Elsa and Olaf from the Frozen movie. A lady liked the hats I had made her friend this Christmas, so I am diligently making a set for her. They count as a single entry because I am only working on one element of them at any given time because everything uses the H hook. They’ll take a few days each to finish and will likely be replaced with another commission of some sort.

Fourth, I am working on a toddler doll dress to fit a Kelly sized doll. I started it months ago in order to address the widespread nakedness of the dolls I purchased, but I just didn’t have time to finish it. It has been sitting on my bedside table just waiting…. That is until now. I had I free up space so that I could work on awesome things for the blog, so I finished this dress.

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I think it turned out nicely. It didn’t take nearly as long as the purple skirt I made ages ago, but it was just as tedious. I jotted down the pattern, so if you want to make it yourself you can find it right here.

Now that I have the space, I will begin on projects for Peri. I have found some very promising knit ensembles on the Sticka till Barbie website, but I have never knit for dolls before. I will probably start off with a practice garment before I make something for Peri if I go with a knit pattern. I want her outfit to look polished, after all. I also found a cute pattern for a pair of shorts from an archived blog. I may mix and match the two of them; we shall see. Stay tuned for the next update! I look forward to all the adventures this new year will bring us.

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Meet Cofelia

Cofelia is officially finished! Cofelia, or Miss Foster, is from the Doctor Who episode Partners in Crime. She is the head of Adipose Industries and matron to the adorably pudgy adipose aliens (when she isn’t selling weight loss pills). I started working on this doll in September (don’t ask me where the time went) and finished her in December. I didn’t have the sense to take a before picture, so here is a picture from early on vs a picture today.

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I started with a 2006 Beach Glam Barbie that I had purchased at a thrift store for $1. She did require some cleaning, but after a quick bath she was as good as new. I chose her over other dolls for her nice hair and her similar look to Cofelia from the show. To transform her, I removed her earrings, bought her a pair of glasses, styled her hair, and created several pieces of clothing for her to wear.

Top

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Jacket

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Skirt

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Stockings

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Shoes

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Adipose 1

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Adipose 2

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Bring it all together and you get one fantastic matron.

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In addition to all of that, I made four practice garments to polish up my skills. I also found many dolls and crafting supplies while thrift shopping. I have no doubt that I will put them all to good use as I continue making dolls as part of my Barbie Who? project.

Cofelia has been a delight over the last few months. I have enjoyed learning to work with new materials to create clothes for her and other dolls. I have no doubt that these skills will mean good things for the future. Stay tuned to see just what is in store!

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Cofelia’s Second Adipose

I may be a bit crazy for doing this with all the Cofelia craziness, but I had to make a second Adipose. The first one needed a friend, and I needed something to crochet away the nervous energy caused by the shoe debacle. Out of that, I created this adorable little Adipose over the last few weeks.

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This one is slightly different than her older brother. She was crocheted with the same pattern and the same size 30 crochet the head, but she uses a size 12 (1.00 mm) crochet hook. This change makes her a bit smaller than the first Adipose, but only by a few millimeters. I also used a white felt backing when embroidering the face so that the threads on the inside wouldn’t bleed through. This gives a much cleaner look that I am very happy with.

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I decided to be a bit creative with her face. I saw a picture on Pinterest of an Adipose with anime-style rosy cheeks (the link was broken, so I don’t have a link to share). I decided to use those cheeks with a surprised expression on the face to differentiate her from her brother. This little Adipose is easily the more troublesome of the pair.

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On the stocking front, I have finished sewing one of them. Yay! I hope to make time to finish the second one in the next few days. I learned a lot while making the first stocking, so hopefully the second one will take less time to complete. I will update once I finish it.

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