Good Estimate

Just a quick post about those two sweaters I started on the truck, when I had no idea of Allina’s size or shape…..


DSC00098  How’s that for sizing?  lol.  I will finish it for her, but will have to come up with a pocket or something to cover my mistake.


The other one was a pink in very fine yarn from Japan.  I will be taking it up and starting again with a pattern.  It is slightly large, but would have worked as is.  The sweaters girls wore in the the 1960’s were close fitting, so I will make it slightly smaller.




I found a yarn shop here in town that I will check out today, Green Valley Knitters, or something like that.  I am determined to find some thin yarn for Christmas sweaters for Allina and Mikko.


Evie’s First Month


We are at the Yard now.  A day or two here and then we’ll head to Colorado.  I am so excited, as this will mean 2 whole months off the truck!  YAY!  What a treat that will be.  Cooking without bouncing…..on a real stove….a bathroom whenever I want one….I am just giddy with delight!

Evie has done really well on this last run…her first as a child on the truck.  In comparison to Audrey and Hammie, she is a little more awkward, as she has the typical bjd overly long colt like legs that seem to constantly need placement…somewhere other than where they are.  Audrey and Hammie have short legs and they are always so easy to have around, easy to hold and easy to tuck away somewhere.  Evie needs attention, care in where she is placed and where she sleeps.  Thank heavens for the hammock, it was the best thing for her.

I had worried about bonding with her in a new form but that was never in the equation once I saw her in the box.  Her face changes constantly, depending on the angle and the lighting, giving her so many very human looks.  She hasn’t the typical sweet look with perfect idealized dolly face at all.  There are times she looks positively homely.  But it is this very essence that I love so much about her.  Now that I have spent this first month with her, I know exactly how to bring out what I see in her to her best advantage.

If I could change anything about her, it would be her legs.  I wish they didn’t make such long ones.  I don’t think the legs are well designed they twirl so easily and her left knee joint doesn’t stay locked went sitting, often wonking out.  Standing and posing are wonderful, the knee will stay in place, but if I leave her alone and come back to her, the knee seems to do it’s own thing.  I will be sueding to see if that helps.

I noticed that having Evie with me created a sense of inner peace that I have not had in such a long time dolly-wise.   Audrey and Hammie were delightful fun, so playful and cheerful for me, but Evie is like having a relationship.  I found myself talking to her, interacting with her which is different than just watching Hammie and Audrey play.  Thinking about the differences helps me start the process of what to do with the rest of my dolls and when to stop buying and selling, or at least put off the thoughts until I am ready.  At least I can say that at this point, I am not in any hurry.  I have some ideas, things I will test out when I am home, alone and have the time to sort it all out.  Audrey and Hammie have a nicked a place in my heart, it may be that they stay in the end.  As we are back to talking about shipping our household when the time comes, it makes it easier to consider keeping dolly things.

I watched Evie throughout her first month, trying to see a style, a colouring, something to help me make decisions on her clothing, her room, the toys she might like, the books to read.  As I have confessed so many times, I love historical periods of dress and love to dabble in it.  I have seen some gorgeous Dollstown girls dressed in Victorian style looking so fabulous that I was tempted to go in that direction.  But then I look at Evie and she is just not all all Victorian.  My imagination continues to wrap her up in my own childhood memories and I think that I want us to share that special time together.  When I think of taking her to the places that I played as a child in Denmark, I am just beyond myself with joy.  I would love to re-create the clothing I wore then and be able to take pictures of her in those places. The truck seems to be such a time-less place, so that I think she can sort of hover in the twilight realm of today and yesterday without much of a leap of imagination.  This is a quirk of mine, I like things to make sense.  lol.

As I should be home in a few days, my mind is clicking on all the things I will get to do.  Meeting Mr Hackensack will be interesting, the wedding will be fun and getting Evie all “right” will be a joy.  I want to re-do the sewing room too, it needs organization.  I want to set up Frank’s Place for Frank and Lucy to enjoy and make sure the Hackensacks have their little corner and of course, work on Miette’s room too.  I have lists of things I need, but until I go through a few more unpacked boxes, I won’t know what I did keep.

Well, I am rambling on…..I probably won’t post again until I am home and settled.  Oh…and we have company coming from Denmark!  That ought to be fun, friends of my husband that I have not met yet.