I am not a great knitter. I do not practice much and I could only find a pair of chopsticks with which to do the job. I only knit and cannot purl. Plus I like to watch roller derby while I knit and only work during the thirty seconds between jams. But not if there is a replay.
So it takes awhile.
Despite my vast knitting handicaps, I decided I could possibly find a bit of time to knit together a couple of scarves. Very little scarves.
The yellow scarf is exactly three stitches across. Even I could handle that.
These little Black Apples went to my kids' school today to hopefully join a raffle for a bit of fundraising. My fondest wish is that they find their way into a couple of little girls' hands this holiday and they love them the same way that Smootch and Birdie have loved their Black Apples (aka Train Boy and Flower Girl).
For a couple of reasons, I am ridiculously happy with the little identifying tag I made for the dolls. The first reason is that it is officially the neatest job I've ever done stamping anything ever (don't judge, I can't be awesome at everything). Plus my whole massively long blog address (which I know I should do whatever internet voodoo is needed to shorten it but haven't found the motivation yet) fit on the bottom without having to make it too obviously squishy.
Here they are, all ready to go.
The second reason why I love this tag is that the tag itself is upcycled from a bit of vintage cardboard used to hold retail buttons from my great aunt's buttons.
I used the last of the buttons on another doll that I am making. Using every scrap inherited from my great aunt is my life goal. I estimate she had about ten thousand buttons plus hundreds of little bits of notions and lace. Actually, I may have to start gifting buttons to you kind folks if I have any hope of actually using all those buttons, especially since only about two percent actually have matching mates. Anyone have any great buttons projects?
I very much enjoy making the not-okay-to-play-with art dolls but a part of me was glad to return to making squashy, happy dolls that can be cuddled, thrown, and roughed up and still be just fine. A doll is meant to be played with, to be a tool of the imagination and a soothing comfort. Not art. Just fun.
I am very grateful for the opportunity and ability to make these little dolls, and, of course, to Emily Martin for sharing her Black Apple Doll pattern freely with all of us.