Flowerbomb (photobomb)

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My favorite things in one photo – A blythe doll, pink, gold, green my favorite perfume, and flowers.

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Kuma is happy because he’s surrounded by giant women.

Cue the song stuck in my head now!

I really recommend Steven Universe if you’re looking for a lighthearted show. Each episode is about 15 minutes long. The series is about a young boy who is half “gem” and half human, living with three Crystal Gems (entities who draw power from their gems, and protect the Earth) to learn how to harness his own abilities and protect the Earth. There are super catchy songs, and some of the episodes are surprisingly deep.

Body Swapping and My Weekend Project

Finley (my Cadence Majorette) is back on her stock Takara body.There are pros and cons to the Sweetiiger body, but ultimately, the negatives won.

Pros to the Sweetiiger Body:

  • It’s super poseable. You have the option of switching out the hands as well. This was the biggest appeal for me. Finley on the Sweetiiger body was fun to pose!
  • Clothing made to fit the regular stock bodies will fit the Sweetiiger body.
  • It lends the doll a slightly more mature appearance, with a more defined and bigger bust, and a slightly taller height.
  • The neck peg fits Blythe dolls with NO modding.

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Notice the neck peg – it’s shaped similarly to the stock body, so this makes body swapping super easy. Also notice that the body does a good job of standing sans the head.

My deal breakers:

  • Loose joints – This may just be my particular body, or it may be that my expectations were too high. Sometimes the knees buckle when I try to pose Finley standing up while leaning on something. She even has difficulty sitting up without some finagling. The body I purchased doesn’t seem to want to support Finley’s massive head. Finley always seems to be slouching or about to fall over.
  • The feet are too big :(. I have quite a few shoes for my dolls, and only a few of them fit on Finley because of the width of the feet on the Sweetiiger body. I’m pretty sure I even ruined a pair by stretching them out too much trying to shove Finley’s feet into them.

And so, Finley is back on the body she came with. I’m going to miss her interchangeable hands and her funny poses 😥 . The stock body does have its own charm though.

I also wanted to share my weekend crochet project ^^. I made a baby blanket for a friend as a thank you gift.

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I decided to make a granny square baby blanket for the first time. This is a basic granny square (instructions can be found on this website). I used the whip stitch to attach the granny squares together, forming a big checkerboard pattern.

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And I added a bunny head and arms at one corner to make the blankie huggable and doubly cute ^^.

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ohai!

I think the next time I connect granny squares, I’ll try the single crochet method, and also a different accent color for the border and the connecting stitches.

Overall, making this blanket was easy, if not a tad monotonous. It did take me the better part of the weekend though, but it was a good change of pace from crocheting doll hats or trying a new pattern. There was no stumbling, and no having to concentrate on reading a pattern or keeping track of rounds or stitches.

Weekend Re-Wardrobing

I try to make it a point to redress my dolls on the weekends, for what good is a big wardrobe if it’s not being used! I definitely have favorite pieces within my dolly clothing collection, so try as I might, some dresses get pulled out more often than others.

This week’s best dressed girl:

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I think one of the good things about making and selling these hats is that if they don’t sell, my girls get new hats ^^.

With Finley, lately I’ve been struggling with bonding with her. When she stands next to my customized girls, her face seems to lack personality. However, when she wears outfits like the one in the photo, I’m reminded why I like her so much! Finley’s coloring pretty much goes with anything, and her almost white hair is striking.

Could use some improvement:

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I feel like this might be too much pink on Rosaline. The dress is new to my collection, and I wanted to try it out. I’m not sure if it would look better without the blouse underneath, but in any event, the high collar and the long skirt seem stuffy. I will most likely change her into something else tomorrow.

Honorable mention:

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I originally had Rory in this long sleeved dress, but I decided to redress her. I wasn’t feeling how dark the overall look was, and it didn’t seem summer appropriate.

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This is also not really appropriate for summer, but it’s actually been a smidge cooler where I live (80 degrees instead of 90), so I thought “why not?” I think she looks good in this Stella Savannah stock! I’m kind of in love with the hat I made for her, so I tried coordinating outfits around it.

Redressing my girls and coordinating outfits is one of the things I really enjoy in this hobby. I must have favorited a few hundred listings on etsy for Blythe clothes and accessories. I’m pretty sure my dollies dress better than I do!

My Protips for Crocheting Blythe Hats

I exaggerate when I say “protips.” I hope I haven’t raised any expectations too high >_<.
I’ve said many times before that I really enjoy crocheting for my dolls, particularly hats! They make for quick projects, and unless I am trying out a new pattern, I can make the doll hat by memory. There are many resources for crochet patterns for dolls, but even so, sometimes it’s hard to find a pattern for exactly what you are looking for in a hat. Although there are tons of hat styles for people (newsboy, baseball cap, bucket hat, beanie, tam, beret, skull cap, etc), not all of these have been translated to pattern or scaled down to fit Blythe dolls. I’m not an expert at crocheting, or pattern adjusting, but I do have a few tips that I think might be helpful for fellow blythe-loving crocheters. Most of my tips will have to do with playing around with gauge.

Technical definition for Gauge as provided by Lion Brand website

Gauge is usually defined in the pattern by a ratio of stitches and rows to a given measurement such as 16 stitches and 14 rows in single crochet = 4″. You should always work a swatch of fabric (approximately 4″ x 4″) in the stitch pattern of the piece you are making.

A pattern will instruct you to use a certain weight of yarn and a specific hook size to achieve a set size for the finished product. Sometimes, the pattern may recommend the user to create a swatch to make sure the correct gauge is achieved, and if not, the user should adjust their hook or yarn until the recommended gauge can be recreated.

Who has time for this???

My approach to achieving the gauge I want is more trial and error and may even cost me more time. Lol. Mostly, if the pattern I am using is for a hat that would be slightly too big for a blythe, I will use a smaller hook, or a smaller hook and slightly thinner yarn, as opposed to adjusting the number of stitches in the pattern. I find this to be more simple than dissecting the pattern and making changes to the stitches and rows. I want to reiterate that this type of adjusting works best on hat patterns that are slightly too big for blythe dolls. I wouldn’t try this on a hat pattern for an adult human, and expect it to fit my blythe doll (at least not without struggling first).

American Girl hat patterns will fit Blythe

I say this with relative certainty, though I believe that the circumference of American Girl doll heads are a bit bigger than Blythe heads. I’ve made several Blythe sized hats for a coworker’s daughter’s American Girl doll, and they fit well. The beauty of crocheted hats is that they have a good deal of stretch to them. When testing an American Girl doll hat pattern to create a Blythe sized hat, I might suggest a slightly smaller hook to achieve a snugger fit.

American Girl dolls are more prolific than Blythe dolls in America, and they have a stronger presence in the media, being very popular with kids and adult collectors. There are many hat patterns out there specifically for AG dolls.

Take advantage of baby hat patterns  
The two hats on the right were both made from baby hat patterns. The number of baby hat patterns dwarfs the number of Blythe hat patterns, no contest. Of course, a baby’s head will most likely be considerably bigger than a Blythe’s head, so this is where I suggest being experimental with gauge. To be quite honest, using smaller hooks or thinner yarn isn’t a guarantee that the baby hat pattern will translate well as a Blythe hat. I’ve run into quite a few problems with proportions, because let’s face it, I can’t think of any baby whose head is shaped remotely like a Blythe’s head (wide face, yet very flat head…). However, when the hat comes out to be a success, you have a pattern you can add to your repertoire! And, you’re able to add variety to your Blythe doll wardrobe.
Note that you may have to do some technical adjusting by shortening the hat (maybe cutting out some repeat rows in the middle of the hat). A Blythe’s head is not as long as a baby’s.


Subtopic protip – Preemie hats! 

Sometimes baby hat patterns will also offer instructions for several sizes. For preemie baby hat patterns, the pattern will often segregate the sizes by baby weight or by head circumference. Blythe dolls would fall into the 3-4lb baby sizing. This takes a lot of the guess work out of making adjustments.

Make sure to have a volunteer(s)

By this I mean, have one of your girls handy for intermittent fittings while crocheting. I usually place the would-be hat on my doll’s head after every row past the 4th or 5th row. I can generally tell if a hat is going to be too big, and sometimes I try salvaging my efforts by strategically placing some decreases. Also, the frequent modeling can help with determining hat length. 

   I hope this helps anyone looking to crochet hats for their Blythes. In my opinion, Blythe dolls’ heads are practically made for hats with how oversized they are compared to their bodies. Crocheting for my dolls is a big part of how I enjoy this hobby, and I know how frustrating it is to have limited pattern resources.
Happy crocheting ^^.

Yarn Haul and Some Rambling About Books

In the last week, I worked my way through two skeins of yarn ^^ – a mint colored one, and a chunky blue colored one. As quickly as I finished a a couple of skeins, I went ahead and added to my stash >_<. I had a Michael’s gift card, and there were a few good store coupons floating around, so I didn’t feel too bad.

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I even bought sock yarn! The Patons Grace sock yarn is almost $6 for a teeny tiny skein, so I always pass by the section. This time around, I decided to use the 40% off coupon toward the item and the 20% off coupon on the rest of the skeins. I particularly love that bright minty green crochet thread I purchased ^^. I find when crocheting doll clothes, anything thicker than sock yarn looks too chunky.

I think my next project will be human-sized stuff (like a hooded scarf or crocheted tops). I know fall weather is at least a month away, but I’m so done with this summer weather. Give me weather for layering!

I also just finished The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett … I have mixed feelings about the book, and now I’m kind of feeling a bit melancholy. The book is over, and it ends in a bit of a cliff hanger. And now I will probably have to wait a year for the next installment. I recommend the series as a whole though, for anyone interested in the fantasy genre.

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Gratuitous photo of Rory with my Doctor Who lunch box.

No such thing as too many cats.

Rory received a new dress today! She’s quickly establishing herself as the resident cat lady ^^.

I made an custom order for a cat dress from the Etsy store Blythe and the City. I saw these cat dresses in person, and I had to have one, so I contacted the designer, Katja, on Etsy and asked if she could custom make me a grey cat dress.

The inspiration

The inspiration

Here is my baby. And here is the dress!

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I think this dress is one of the more dressier pieces in my dolly wardrobe. It’s so cute, and seeing it on Rory makes me happy :3 . The dress itself is very well made (it’s LINED), and the skirt part of the dress is made of faux fur. The dress came with a black belt and a brush for the dress :D. THE BLACK BELT LOOKS LIKE A COLLAR! SO CUTE!

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Snaps are the best.

Snaps are the best.

The brush is meant to help with styling the dress by either taming the fur, or giving it a more wild look (kind of like a cat whose hackles are raised).

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(Tee hee). (Rory. Why are you so fancy?)

I also want to add that the photos above are the result of Rory having the ends of her hair boil permed. i need to wait a bit to see how well the curl will hold.