I want to move on to knitting more than just scarves but I'm afraid a
full blown sweater would be too big a project for me just yet. So I
thought I might start with doll (cabbage patch) clothes...not too much
time lost if I mess up with them I think. I found some patterns on the
net and I may start my first one this week if I start feeling better.
I've got another cold. Now that my son is in preschool I get about 37
colds a month. Any advice for me? On the doll clothes or preventing
About the colds. Make sure that your son leans to wash his hands, and keep
his hands away from his face, and not put things in his mouth. I know that
lesson is the hardest job that a mother has, but it really may be the most
important job that a mother has in these days of bird flu.
About sweaters, I like Jacqueline Fees's approach of doing a "sweater
sampler" to learn all of the skills in a sweater, before taking on a full
sweater. For a novice knitter that really wants to knit better, her book is
worth while. With her book, and a tape measure, you can design and make
sweaters for dolls and teddy bears. Then you would really understand the
After she raided my FO bin and needle stash over the holidays, my SIL gave
me "The Knitted Teddy Bear" by Sandra Polley. That book tells how to knit
"Teddy Bears", with complete outfits. Very cute, but I have not gotten into
it yet to see if the patterns work, but it looks like quite a varity of TB
clothes that could be adapted to be doll clothes.
Qintes wrote in
on the colds, wash your hands a lot. make the kid wash his
hands. wipe the nose? wash your hands. hold his hand? wash
your hands. do not ever touch your face unless you've just
washed your hands. seriously, it helps. my son is 5 & in his
3rd year of preschool.
can't help much on the doll clothes. i have made all kinds of
blankets for my son's trucks however. truck blankies are good
for testing new stitch patterns (although Boo's trucks seem to
prefer feather & fan or old shale)
Enigma i have made MANY doll clothes ever since i remember , in fact
my first knits were made for dolls,,, than i developed ,,,
Sleeves of old sweaters and shirt are wonderful to make skirts and
Dresses ,, lay the shirt flat , put doll on the sleeve and decide
where to cut it so the under side fits over her midrif or her chest,
cut the length and finnish both sides ,,,, for a pantskirt seam 2
sleeves , use shirt fronts with the buttons and holes for the froont
of Coats etc,,, felt is also great for dolls clothes ,, Old socks [
even ready sport ones can be turned into wonderful clothes ,,,,,[
another good use for singletons ,,]
I have knit all sorts of things for dolls - but then, I have lots of
dolls to knit for plus all the dolls I have given the grandkids.
Mostly I have knit for American Girl and Sasha dolls plus assorted doll
blankets etc. I find it easier to knit for dolls larger than Barbie or
the other fashion dolls. It is fun and you can get creative. If they
don't work out, it is easy to rip out and start over. My doll room is
my territory in the house. (Although my DGDs get to sleep up there when
And clean the door handles as well, when he has a cold.
I like the idea of truck blankets! We have bunny blankets for
dd's little toy rabbit.
If your son is into Action Man/GI Joe type dolls, you could have
a go at making clothes for them. Unfortunately, patterns for
them are almost impossible to find - the only one I've come across
was published in a magazine 20 years ago. (Barbie's friend Ken
is a completely different shape - not nearly so musclular.)
I will try to see if I can get DH to take some to put up on my yahoo
site. Of course, the ones that have gone off to the DGDs are in New
Jersey - so you will only get the ones that I have knit for my own
dolls. (No snickers, now or I will claim I am a collector of vintage
play dolls - which is my cover story.)
Advice for colds, and most other illnesses - get some tea tree oil
(aromatherapy) and put 2 drops in your bath as soon as you feel anything
coming on. It boosts your immune sytem.
Make sure the tea tree is the proper undiluted stuff.
oh, sewing doll clothes! i thought she meant knitting them.
sewing doll's clothes is easy & a great way to learn fancy
tailoring techniques. if you can do something in miniature,
it's a piece of cake to do it on a full size outfit :)
i suppose though that one could make a muslin of something
for a doll, then use a guage swatch to figure out where to do
increases, decreases, & what not to knit an item...
Lee Sewing for a cat ,,,, now that would never occure to me ,,, and
now please all people excuse me ,, when i first saw a dog with a coat
i laughed aloud ,,, i am better behaved Now !!!! but when in USA i
read an article about people who think Cows` udders should be covered
, since when they graze by the roads, they are embarassed by the
drivers looking at their udders ,,,, I unashamedly LAUGHED till my
ribs hurt ...
Mu husband hints that i should knit the cat a sweater ,, but i reallly
think it won`t work , he didn`t agree to a flea collar ... and has
this Beautiful Felix [ of the cat food] like Suit ...
I also thought the question was about knitiing dols clothes, i only
wanted to share my experience in using old knits to sew those ..
i was never fond of dolls as a child (and now i make them...
how strange), so i made things for the cat.
i had a nice dollhouse that my father made for me & i would
make furniture & things for it, but it wasn't occupied by
dolls, oh no! my mother had a collection of ceramic Siamese
cats & *they* owned my dollhouse.
one of the things i had in the living room(lounge) area was a
little basket of knitting, with a tiny scarf started on
straight pins, knit with sewing thread.
that is very funny about the cows. i know that in the
Victorian time people had floor length table clothes so they
could not see the table's legs. there were also special covers
for piano legs...
i do have a polar fleece coat for my Angora goat, because he
is sheared in April & November and it's quite chilly here at
those times. i shear the llamas every other year in May or
June & they have enough hair before winter, so they don't need
coats (although it would keep the fiber cleaner, i suppose).
my goat is silver grey & his coat is bright yellow & red,
with bells :)
no, cats don't appreciate clothes too much, but they do like
cozy knitted & felted beds (or the yarn basket).
old knitted wool sweaters can be felted & used for lots of
things besides doll clothes, like mittens or teddy bears. my
mom gave me a brilliant purple angora sweater that
accidentally went through the washer & dryer with my jeans, so
i cut it up & made her a bear out of it. it was such a nice
color i couldn't see just throwing it away because it went
from large to cat size :)
I put a few knit doll clothes in my Yahoo folder - I haven't dug for
others, these are what these dolls were wearing. Sasha clothes (on
the baby and boy) were knit from patterns I got from Susanna Lewis who
has a Sasha doll information website that includes patterns and kits.
The larger doll is Lottchen, a Himstedt doll - I adjusted a pattern
designed for the American Girl sized dolls for her. I have also made
up assorted patterns for various dolls - I like making things for dolls
at least as big as these, though.
Here is my photo site.