Strut

Well, the event that I’ve been preparing for has arrived. 

Tomorrow, Bed-Stuy is alive.

Strut
Visit the BeSAA site for info on all of the events and for a list of businesses participating. My work can be found in the gift shop of

ZION Art Gallery.

I would like to thank you for your encouraging comments and moral support. Even if this outing is not a success, I can feel satisfied in the knowledge that I followed through on the commitment I made to Fran and to myself. Like Chante said, baby steps count too.

Doll pattern is a go!!

Hey everyone! The Affro Girl pattern is now for sale! You can buy her at:

SownBKLYN

Pattern cover

Imani

I’ve finished the pattern, and checked it twice. I must admit, I can’t shake this nagging feeling that as soon as I publish it someone will email me telling me that they’ve found errors. I’m feeling anxious about it because this will be the first time I’m charging for a pattern. But for now I need to choose a cover. I was all for group number two, until the girls and I frolicked around the Pratt campus with my sister this afternoon. I may have went a little photo happy :)

My creation

This was a culmination of a lot of hard work, but just look at how cute they are!

Totally worth it!

Help me choose

Which of these should I use for the cover of my doll pattern?

Pattern cover

Imani

I’ve finished the pattern, and checked it twice. I must admit, I can’t shake this nagging feeling that as soon as I publish it someone will email me telling me that they’ve found errors. I’m feeling anxious about it because this will be the first time I’m charging for a pattern. But for now I need to choose a cover. I was all for group number two, until the girls and I frolicked around the Pratt campus with my sister this afternoon. I may have went a little photo happy :)

My creation

So, which one do you like? Did you see one you preferred over on my flickr? Let me know.

Teeny

Beret

I knit on this doll sized beret for most of the day. I had to rip back three(!!!) times. Forgot to decrease, decreased too many times and in the wrong spots. I could have made an adult sized in half the time.

Shoes

I’ve been working on these for days. I think I finally got them right. The only thing that remains, working out how I’m supposed to give them away once I’m done.
Missy and Son#1 have both been trying to steal her away for play time. The boy told me she was beautiful and great. Come on kid!

Success!

I have finally made a doll that I am proud of! It was all worth it. She really looks like her inspiration too, which was my difficulty with all of the other versions.

Affro Girl Doll

Affro Girl

I’m having trouble taking a photo that accurately captures her cuteness. I am especially pleased with her hair and her shades =) Now to write the pattern and re-knit it to make sure the pattern is correct and to find a (few?) test knitter(s). Well the real work starts now, right? Making it up as I went along was fun and exciting. All of this technical stuff, not so much fun. But I’m up for it. Besides daughter number 1 has already claimed this one. The next one will be for me.

More photo of my doll journey can be found here.

The no camera post

Being without my camera is practically unthinkable. I don’t think I can lose it in the house and who the hell would I lend it to.

Enter one of the hubby’s childhood friends.

 I feel as though one of my hands is missing without that camera. So many  picture opportunities have been missed. I didn’t realize how many photos I took until the damn camera wasn’t here. So instead of showing the significant progress I have made on my Affro Girl Doll I will show you some things I didn’t blog about.

I custom made these for Shannita of the SnB cabled hat fame.

Affro Girl Pin, Custom Order

The journey taken while making these has given me a new appreciation for people who frequently doing custom orders. A lot can pop up. But they are done and beautiful if I do say so myself.

I also got a whole heap of yarn recently. A huge box of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes to be exact. Fifteen balls in Claret Heather for a self designed raglan sweater. I also got several shades of brown WOTA  to see which would work best for my doll. I rounded out the selection with a couple skeins each of Coal, Cloud and Mist for other ideas knocking around my noggin.

Stash enhancement

 My hubby got a rebate in the form of a gift card right after I placed this order. He asked me if I wanted it for more yarn or something. Uhh… Yeah! The things these husbands come up with, shesh.

 So imagine 6 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in the shexy Bristol Red colorway in that empty space. They should be here any day now. I will admit I am anxious to see if it lives up to the hype. And to get my camera back =)