Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rebecca Is Finally Finished!

I have finally finished the Rebecca doll! She doesn't have clothing yet, but at least she has all her pieces and parts!

I also have to share a rare find! In all my eBay browsing, I came upon my favorite album that I had when I was little. Cuddly Teddy Bears has all the great stuff, including a wonderful rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears ... the little girl's voice who plays Goldilocks is just so annoying that I love it! It also has other great songs like Ozzie the Ostrich, Teddy Bears on Parade, Sweetie Bear, etc. And who could forget the story of Pancho the Circus Donkey!!! Wow! What memories this brings back when I play it on our old turntable!

I've come to the conclusion that I just love old things ... from old children's books to old toys! I've gotten some great ideas for little felted toys lately and am just about to start on some. I hope they will be as charming in real life as I envision them to be in my head! I am collecting small paper flowers, ribbons and little trims so that I can decorate them. I've been thinking of small things like duck families with paper parasols, little rabbits with flowers, little mice with strawberries, squirrels with acorns, etc.
The father of one of my childhood friends had purchased a whole zoo full of Steiff animals when he had been overseas. It was one of our favorite things to do when I visited to go in their living room and take all those animals off of the shelves. I don't think we were really supposed to play with them, but we knew their value (not in money, but certainly in looks) and we were always very careful to put them back "just so." I have always loved the look of Steiff! And also, I love little pom-pom animals, too.
One year, at Easter, a friend of mine gave me a decoupaged egg that opened up. Inside were TONS of little pom-pom chicks, ducks, and rabbits. Oh how I loved that egg! What a great gift! I happened to be in college at the time!
Take a look at the Jennifer Murphy website for incredibly cute toys!
I am thinking about wet felting little "broken" eggshells to put my tiny felted animals in ... I'm hoping to have them peek out of the top. Also, I think I will try to wet felt their legs ... not sure how I feel about using pipe cleaners, but I may use them and cover them with felt. I have so much roving that I dyed earlier ... I have about every color I will need! I'm so excited! But I've promised myself I won't start until after this last project. *sigh


Lil Knitter said...

I love her! I can't wait to see her all finished.

Susan said...

Love her, glad you're back, missed reading your blog, now I know what you were up to.

Sue said...

Awww... she's great! Actually, I just purchased the Rebecca pattern a few days ago, too. Was she difficult to do? (or more specifically, was the pattern difficult to decipher?)

Nean the Bean said...

Hi, Sue. Thanks for Rebecca's compliment! No, she wasn't really hard to knit at all ... just a bit time consuming for me. She's knitted in the round (which I love)! I had a bit of trouble with the grafting decrease on her "scalp" and I wasn't able to follow the feet directions very well ... that's why I used a pattern for a little stocking, instead. Good luck! Can't wait to see yours!

Wendy said...

Your doll looks good! How did you do the hair?

Nean the Bean said...

The hair is a bit time consuming, but not difficult. I used a crochet hook and latched the hair in, one piece at a time. I then parted it and braided each side, then cut a strand or two for bangs in the front. I hope this helps!

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