Minis: Lola and Lulu

Lola and Lulu  in tutus

Lola and Lulu in tutus

Happy Holidays and New Years Eve!
I managed to complete one final project before the end of 2012. Lola and Lulu are my prototypes for new doll pattern.

Lola twirling around~

Lola twirling around~

Lulu posing for the camera

These two were a blast to make. I especially love that they are both only 5 inches tall, they fit so snug in my hand! New techniques and details kept me entertained but led me the results I desired.

Their hair was fun, making it attached and unattached to their heads. I’m not 100% sure I would always use this technique, but it does cut down time and use of colored yarn (or at least I think so). Months ago I said I wanted to use fabric to make dresses, and I attempted to do so with them. Waaaay more complicated than first imagined, but satisfactory enough for me. How do people make tiny doll clothing? I got frustrated making a sloppy little dress! Of course I forgot something that always messes my patterns up: different yarn brands. Lola’s Red Heart design came out perfect as I used it to create the pattern. After switching to Vanna’s Choice for Lulu, her head turned out about an inch too small, she looked like an alien! After modifications I ended up with two patterns to get the same sized doll.

I’m debating on modifying these two or creating a new-new doll pattern. Pros: they are small, fun hair styles, easy pattern, quick to make, simplistic. Cons: easy pattern, fabric clothing, super simplistic. I like them, but I want a challenge, but not too challenging like the whole Linguine Doll experience! With the fast paced pattern I may easily put a few more together and putt them in my shop, see if any one fancies their small demeanor like me 🙂 Making new patterns will have to be pushed back again, but this gives me a chance to look around and research, woohoo!

How were your holidays? Christmas Eve at my bf’s house was pretty interesting, I was shocked when his grandma and mom had little gifts for me, I didn’t expect any of that and actually felt kind of embarrassed! Embarrassed as I was trying to discretely open my gifts, I was very thankful, that was so thoughtful of them since I entered their lives such a short while ago. I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas Eve than spending time with my bf, a great day. Not to mention the pretty key necklace he got me, I have always adored key necklaces!

Yesterday we went to a Brazilian Steakhouse in down town Chicago that had food to DIE FOR! The service was spectacular, the food out of this world, so fantastical phenomenal make you want to have a foodgasm that now everything else I eat seems to be extremely lacking. Yet every bite of that delicious food was worth it! So next is New Years Eve, which is practically here. Instead of outrageous parties and drinks all around, I plan on being cozy at home, catch up on a few anime shows and dress like a bum all day, sounds like a good night to me.

Hope you all had wonderful a Christmas day, and bring in 2013 with a bang! 😀
2012 has been a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, laughs and tears. What can 2013 possibly throw my way? I’m not sure, I’m okay with whatever comes. This blog has been a fun experience, wonder what new things I’ll have to share.

2012 Millie, signing off.

You’ll hear from me next year- hahaha! 🙂

Linguine Doll (WIP)(Maybe…)

Linguine Dolls by Wayuki

Linguine Dolls by Wayuki

Months have passed since I first saw these adorable dolls! I had first started exploring the big beautiful crochet world when I fell in love with these two. Look at those colors, the cute expressions, their lanky lengthy legs! I promised myself that eventually, I would try the pattern that was freely distributed by their creator, Wayuki.

Yesterday while seeking inspiration for new doll patterns, I was face to face with this photo and just knew, now was the time to fulfill that promise.

Well, I tried.

Linguine? Not.

Linguine? Not.

Sure, my doll is missing a few things….legs, arms, hair, normal body shape, but who’s criticizing?
This doll was doomed from the start! First of all, the slender skinny figures are a result of using fingering or sock yarn. The brown yarn I used is size 3 while the green dress is size 4 medium. To accompany the thin yarn is the ultra thin, super scary, 2.0 mm crochet hook. Working with large yarn and a teeny-tiny-thinner-than-a-tooth pick hook that I swear was about to snap the whole process took up a chunk of my day. Under that green cone dress is her small body which was  ridiculous trying to crochet the dress over the body without the hook getting caught.

I feel bad leaving this poor doll with so much missing, but I’m frustrated. Why didn’t I just wait to find appropriate yarn. Although in my defense (against myself) solid colored sock/fingering yarn is scarce around here. The popular choice is size 4 yarn, size 3 you find if your lucky. The small sock yarn section is either full of  a.) all wool yarn b.) multi colored acrylic or c.) multi colored wool. I hate buying yarn online since I can’t judge yarn color with my own eyes. Le sigh. One day I will regain the patience to complete this doll, as unfortunate as she is at the moment. Okay, so I’m being dramatic. She isn’t too bad, but my fingers do hurt from tugging extra hard on yarn that is not meant to be used with such a small hook!

Positive side, I learned a new technique that I would’ve never thought of before. Trying out various patterns was how I learned to crochet in the first place. Maybe I need to brush up, increase my knowledge so I can make even more advancements. 🙂 I’m pretty good now *gives myself a conceded pat on the back* but I see A LOT of very advance crocheters that do stunning dolls and toys that leaves my mind boggled. If I can get a fraction of their talent, I’ll be satisfied.

Anywho~ pattern searching continues! I want to practice all sort of doll forms. My favorite forms at the moment are the long, thin armed and leg dolls similar to the Linguine ones and the small, chubby, anime chibi looking dolls. If you want to give the Linguine Dolls a try, check out the free pattern on Craftster.

The forceful wind outside reassured me that winter is finally here. We got a lovely little storm yesterday but to be honest there is barely a centimeter of snow left. The wind was the real nightmare! The Windy City has to live up to its name, right? Ignoring the wind, today was beautiful and sunny. I spent the day giggling inside about all the people who thought the Maya apocalypse was scheduled today and would end us all. I get a real kick out of those supposed Doomsday dates!

Happier thoughts, Christmas is around the corner. This is the first year I will be celebrating away from my father’s house, and instead with my boyfriend and his family. I’m more worried that his gift will be super dorky or he won’t like it. I’ve never been one to give Christmas presents on Christmas Day, or actually wrapped a gift with a card full of cheesy sayings.   I hope everyone has a good Christmas full of love, family, and (my personal favorite), good food! ❤