I have done a good bit of commission work of late, something I very rarely do as I find it has a tendency to curb my own creativity. However, the Blue Morph can most certainly not by any stretch of the imagination be something that would curb my creativity. Quite the opposite!
I received a phone call from a young woman some weeks ago, she needed two dolls crochet to be used in a classroom setting. The dolls were to represent Joseph and Mary and then they were to double up as St Patrick and St Bridget too. Two dolls and four outfits. Again, I had completely free reign and I set to work.
My first port of call was what yarn to use, and to be honest, I never actually gave that much thought as I felt it obvious to use the wonderful Cushendale Woollen Mills DK, it’s robust, has the most wonderful stitch definition and the colours are simply just outstanding and to top it off, it’s dyed and spun in Ireland so it even fits the “Think Global, Shop Local” bracket, something that is very close to my heart.
Crochet Dolls Detail © Irene Lundgaard 2012
I had to be concious that the dolls would have to be seen from afar with up to 30 children in the classroom and the teacher at the top of the class. The dolls had to be of a manageable size, they ended up about 60 cm tall and I gave them simple features too – any fussy detail would be “lost in the crowd”.
I worked the two dolls in one piece starting from the top down and the clothing was worked in the same way. Basically I used the “keep it simple” approach.
Fortunately, the woman who ordered the dolls was happy with them and I have to say, so am I. I am not a cuddly toy woman, but I really enjoyed making these two, I found the facial features a particular challenge that was very enjoyable to figure out. And the hands and the feet, and the sandals – I want a pair!