Love Grows

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A sweater coat for Allina.  Done in a seed stitch in a tweed type yarn.  I will make a matching hat,  It’s not wool, but I need to knit and it is at least a pretty colour.

 

DSC00228 As I am keeping Allina and Mikko in a early 60’s style, I have to get use to shorter dresses and skirts.  I hem this calf length dress (originally made for Evie but she has such long legs) to Allina’s knees.  It is actually shorter than it appears here, be cause I kept the camera high as not to see that now her petticoat is too long.  lol.  It is knee length.  It’s funny how resistant I was to shorten the dress, but because she has shorter legs, it really does help with her overall style. I like seeing her socks and leggings.

 

DSC00230 I had started a cream wool coat with light blue    insets for Allina, but I decided it wasn’t quite her, and would suit Jollyann better.  The pattern idea was to make a dress coat gathered at the waist, and again, my tendency is to old fashioned when that would be the right style for Allina.  Once I started the green sweater, I could see the difference.  The old fashioned clothing is for the Chinaheads and Jollyann!

 

I continue to enjoy my companionship with the woodens.  There is a comfort factor I just haven’t had with other dolls before.  Deep down comfort.  Allina in particular, with her calm manner and practical countenance relieves my daily stresses like nothing else.  Just holding her relaxes me.

 

DSC00222 They take turns sitting in the front with me, there is a perfect place in the window that keeps them safe and they can watch the scenery go by.

 

DSC00223 I love them so much.  That is strange, as I usually can only comprehend one doll at a time and have trouble with two.  But Allina and Mikko seem able to not have any personality conflicts, neither has an edge over the other, they seem equally separate and together.  Hard to explain, but I don’t feel as though I am the third party when we are all together, nor do I feel as though I am playing favourites when I have one out and not the other.  This is a new direction for me in my dolly world.

 

It is also strange that my love of dolls is shifting.  Since Allina and Mikko came into my life I have not had one ounce of dolly angst.  I have not pined, whined, moped, or felt any separation anxiety at all.  Just a deep down contentment.  Like I had as a child, when the only doll in the world that mattered to me was the one in my arms.  Allina and Mikko are a connector to my childhood in a way that my BJD’s could not be.  I needed the simplicity.  I needed their cheerfulness, their natural skin, their reminder of what I love most about dolls, their comforting ways.  It is no longer about “watching” a doll and dreaming up stories, it about just sharing the everyday moments and playing with them. 

 

Last night, I watched an old Christmas special that was done by Red Skelton, called Freddy and the Yuletide Doll.  Freddy the Freeloader is alone on Christmas and sitting in a park.  A shopper drops a Raggedy Ann.  He picks it up and begins to like it’s company.  The doll comes alive for him and they dance and share love.  It was quite touching to see a man play this scene and the tenderness towards a doll.  I smiled and thought how heart warming a moment like that was.  This is how I feel about my woodens, they just bring a warmth and glow to me.

 

 

 

Something definitely shifted and I believe that it will continue to blossom. 

Their first thanksgiving meal

Allina and Mikko had their first American style Thanksgiving.  It was still raining and so dark even though it was only 3 in the afternoon.

 

DSC00212 The had turkey and squash, corn and apple pie.

 

I finished Mikko’s hat and he could keep his head warm as it is quite cold out.  Allina needs her sweater next.  I have started a cream wool one for her.

DSC00209 Later, Allina was laughing at Mikko….

 

DSC00207  because he insisted on wearing his het to bed!

 

For us, the thanksgiving meal was not quite as nice.  If you want to read about it, I wrote up my frustrations here: Overkill on Turkey Day

mikko’s sweater and love

DSC00178 I finished Mikko’s sweater.  I added the pocket to over compensate for the missing stripe.  I think it still looks odd.  I need to add buttons yet, but I will wait until I find the right ones.  I think black would be nice.

 

DSC00182 DSC00179 It’s is a bit big on him, as it was meant for Allina who is slightly larger, but this is a sweater meant to wear like a jacket, so that is ok with me.  I can’t block and press it, so it does look bulkier than it really is.

 

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DSC00189 Last night, I found myself hugging Allina.  I was really feeling down and hugging her brought relief.  I marveled that I had no worry of crushed eyelashes and that her wooden warmth penetrated through me.  I could really hug her unlike any doll I have had since my Gotz Anna.  But even Anna did not have the warmth, she was stiff.  I then picked up Mikko and hugged him too.  There is something these two bring me, something I have been missing before.  There are not dolls I watch and look at like my resins or antiques.  They are very much hands-on and nurturing.  My mood changed as I held them, I could feel the tensions drain away.  The comfort permeated through me….the love of these little wooden hearts!  I have been playing with dolls for 6 years now, and never had the connection I feel physically with these two.  I hug them, I feel better.  I play with them, I do not have fears of chipping or crushing or damage.  I hold them and feel their sturdy little bodies.  I am grateful for short legs and solid torsos and cheerful faces.  I have never cared for painted eyes, but I see them in their eyes….I love their simplicity and yet they are more than just that…..

 

I am in awe of Allina and Mikko.

Wood and wool

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At the end of my bunk, Allina and Mikko play their games, read books and talk about the world they see outside the window.  So fat, the have seen CO, KS, PA, MD, NJ, OH, IN, VA….and we have only been out a week.  I have been watching them, getting to know them and enjoying every moment of it.  Mikko is a little imp, so charming, so full of life and quick to please.  He is helpful and kind.  Not at all like I imagine boys to be.  Allina is resolute, steady, comforting.  I love to hold her and feel her easing my tensions away.

 

I am almost done with the pocket fiasco sweater, but we have been doing night driving and I cannot knit at night,  Hopefully I can have it done soon.  Mikko wants the sweater and I have to admit it does suit him.  I want to make a matching hat too.  I am longing to knit the new yarn I bought, just to get away for the knobbiness of the cotton yarn.  I like the look, but knitting a yarn with multiple thicknesses is irritating after awhile.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the wools I bought.  I need a pair of bamboo needles too.  I love the feel of wood and wool. 

We are on our way

Before we left, I shortened an old dress I had made for old Evie.  I didn’t want to cut it, so I made the old fashioned tucks to shorten it.  I put a petticoat under it and was startled to see her looking like Alice in Wonderland!

 

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Maybe it was in the way she was standing. I love this wig, it is thin enough to not overwhelm her.  It seems to change colours, sometimes it looks light brown, sometimes dark blonde and often a soft red.  I think it works for her, even though I do love her flax wig.  I am also glad I could keep Mikko in a red colour too.  His mohair wig is so cute on him, but he needs short hair that won’t get tangled on the truck.

 

DSC00115 DSC00114 As you can see, I just marveled over her and took several same-pose photo’s.  I think knee length dresses will suit her and I am so pleased that I have a source of shoes for her (and Mikko) from Deb’s Adorables.  Kish Lark shoes fit her perfectly (as they also fit young Evie).  I splurged and bought them each a pair of sandals, a pair of white boots for Allina and sneakers and brown saddleback shoes for Mikko. 

 

DSC00117 Here we are now on the truck.  They are sitting at the window at the end on my bunk.  I have decided not to make a cubby room for them, I need the cubby to hold my knitting, extra DVD’s and so on.  The basket is working perfectly, as they can also sit in front with me and be comfortable.

 

DSC00124 Here they are in the front with me.  Of course they don’t stay down there, only when the bumping gets a bit wild.

 

DSC00118 Today we are in Kansas picking up a meat load to Philadelphia and New Jersey.  Allina is marveling at the trailers filled with meat at the meat patch.

 

DSC00120 Mikko is having a ball watching the trucks hook up to the trailers.

 

DSC00122 I think we are all going to have a great time on the truck.  I sense a real compatibility with these two, me and all the traveling we must do.

 

I found some lovely wool on eBay that I purchased.  I am so pleased I got a good deal compared to what I found on home-time.  For the price of one skein at the store, I bought 8 skeins!  Lovely moss, honeydew, olive green, and a multicolour in lavender, gold and other colours I can’t remember off the top of my head.  All in fingering weight.  Happiness.

 

I did bring several yarns with me, plus the two sweaters I started.  I brought a cream white wool, a couple of small amounts of dark green and light blue wool (to work in a design), and two red cotton crochet thread to make Christmas somethings.  I could not find red wool before we left and I am very irritated about that.  I really wanted to make red Christmas sweaters.  It will have to wait until next year.  I am adamant about wool and cotton for these two.  Silks for the Chinaheads and wool for the woodens!  The resins can have the modern fabric and yarns.  I love how these things have fallen into a order.

 

I bid on and won a very inexpensive wooden doll ($10), I am not sure what I will do with her.  I wanted to see the jointing mostly.  I like her big hips!  More than likely she will become a doll to one of my companions. 

 

greenshot_2010-11-17_09-13-10 She is 8 inches tall, can twist and turn in her jointing.  She has “metal accents” at her waist and neck (?).  She is unusual and might be fun to see how she moves.

The Woodens and their life

I have been so busy going through bags of dolly clothing and shoes, trying things on the woodens.  I was pleased to find a few of Older Evie’s clothing (SD size) fitting the girl, with the thought, of course that they had to be dramatically hemmed shorter.  Dresses I had made for Nanny also fit, so that was fun to try on, but none of them really suited her.  This led me to seriously consider just what to do.  I have no time this hometime to do any serious sewing.  So do I nip and tuck some garments I already have and remake them for the girl?  Do I stay in the early part of the century?  I have the china’s to be in the Victorian age, Jollyann is Edwardian…Evie, Audrey and Hammie are modern, so where to put my woodens?  I just could not progress in my clothing decisions until I had them in the right place and order in my dolly world. 

 

I had wanted to put Evie back in my own childhood era, but that didn’t feel right.  The woodens seem more like the European dolls of my childhood, and they seem almost Sasha style to me when I envision clothing for them.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this was feeling right.   Knits, jumpers, dresses, it was all coming to bloom in my head.  Clothing styles that did not suit Evie, Audrey or Hammie.  Once I decided that they would be in the early 1960’s and represent my own childhood memories, it was easy to find things that would belong to them in my stashes of dolly stuff.  I gave the girl a leather photo album and suddenly knew exactly how everything was going to fall into place.   I went to Sisko’s photo album and copied some photo’s of Finland, reduced them, printed them in black and white and put them in the wooden’s album so that they could look at pictures of home.

 

DSC00060 Since I was in the printing mode, I decided to fill some of the tiny photo frames I had for the various doll rooms.  I chose a cut glass mosaic frame for the woodens to have a photo of their cousin Jussi.  Well that was the turning point in my ideas, I decided to keep their original names, have them remain Finnish, and since Sisko’s English is so perfect, that it makes it easy for them to speak English here in America.  I will teach them Danish and then we will all have lots to talk about!  I prepared a Finnish passport and asked Sisko to help with the wording and documentation in Finnish and so it will all now be just right in my dolly world…..lol.  My husband and I have adopted two wooden children from Finland.  (I am sure they are both sighing from my full circle of ideas, coming back to the original reality).  They will have to get use to my way of thinking around things.  lol.

 

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I found a soccer ball for Mikko:

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DSC00068 I found that Kish Lark shoes fit them both, so I have ordered shoes for Mikko.  I had a set of tools that fit Mikko perfectly and they each have a plate and cup to drink from, I need to order one more set of silverware.

 

My husband and I went to the Antique Mall (I wanted to look at the yarns) and I found a pair of cream thin wale corduroy overalls for Mikko.  I will sew up a couple more today for him.  I found two shirts that I had made for my Schoenhut boy that fit him perfectly, so I can make shirts for him when I have the time.  I will shorten a couple of Evie’s old dresses for Allina, but the rest will be knitted garments.  The yarns at the booth were all too expensive and I was quite irritated over that. I cannot find a reason to pay $20 (skein) to $46 (cone) dollars for red wool. No way.

 

When I got home, I dragged out my wicker laundry basket that I keep yarn in to see what I had.  I have not opened this basket in more than 5 years, so I didn’t remember all that I had. I have enough matching yarn to make myself 3 sweaters, so I set them in fresh plastic bags and put them in the basket.  Then I went through the various yarns and grouped them by colour.

 

I have lots of miscellaneous skeins of colourful yarns, mostly modern in texture and colours.  I can make a few things for them, but not what I had in mind.  Not sure what I will do yet.  I want to make them Christmas sweaters on the truck.

 

More later, I need to get some breakfast started.  I am having a blast playing and sorting and gathering for my woodens,  life is certainly good!