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I’ve finished one robot and two monsters for the Dolly Drive for Japan. Hoping to get two more monsters done before the July 16th deadline. I impulsively added hair to the teal monster, and think the brown one might need the same look to make him more appealing.

Danger Monsters

Ready for Japan

Our local county fair deadlines are upon us; be sure to check the deadlines for your local fairs as well.

Denver County Fair (NEW!)
Deadline July 18th
$5 per entry, $20 for 5 entries

Boulder County Fair
General deadline has passed, but you have until July 11th to pay the late fee for most craft entries.

For weavers, spinners, and felters, Boulder County Fair entries are due at Shuttles July 27 – August 1. Check the Handweavers Guild of Boulder site for more info.

Trouble is, I’ve been so busy with knitting monsters, I only have one thing to submit to either fair. Yikes!


“What did they do, our grandmothers, as they sat spinning all the day? Are we not ourselves the web they wove?” – Anonymous Toast, Mary Floyd Talmage Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1910 (from Age of Homespun by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I’ve discovered that sewing a cute rag doll is difficult. Very difficult. At least for me. I’m beginning to understand the rise of the ugly doll phenom. Never the less, I’m determined to make some things for the Dolly Drive for Japan.

I’ve managed to find a couple of knitting patterns that seem to be working. I figure not every kid-in-need will want a rag doll. Or at least, that’s my excuse for now! The robot pictured here (made not quite to the instructions, my fault) is from KnitWit by Katie Boyette and I’m on my second monster from the Big Book of Knitted Monsters.


Danger Robot


“The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.” – Homer

I’ve been hunting for supplies and sites to help with the making of dolls for the Dolly Donations for Japan. Thinking some of you might be unsure how to proceed as well, I’m including the best-looking plans I’ve found in my hunting. I’ve never sewn a doll before, so we’ll see how it turns out. I went to the local thrift store and bought some incredibly soft 100% cotton sheets to use for the dolls themselves, and will use leftover quilt fabrics for the clothes.

The two patterns I purchased (only because they were on sale):
Burda 7611
Simplicity 2809

Helpful Things I Found Online:
How to Make Dolls Hair

Make Easy Rag Doll

FlatTops Rag Doll (Hmm, I’m sensing more dolls in my future, this time for breast cancer patients.)

Miss Gioia Rag Doll Tutorial

Miss Gioia Rag Doll Pattern

Making My First Rag Doll Part I

Making My First Rag Doll Part II

I’m very tempted to buy a french book, Poupee en Chiffon, after seeing this great blog posting about the adorable dolls you can make from the patterns. They just have a certain European flair, don’t they? I do realize that importing a book from France is MORE than I need to do at this point. If you cannot resist, you can try your hand at making it through the amazon.fr ordering process for the book.

Good luck with your Dolly making!

“Their toys are alive and can sometimes come to their aid, or get lost and Olie has to find them. They go to other planets. They go to the ice cream planet.” – William Joyce

NekoMade sent this along to me. She’s trying to organize a craft day where a bunch of us get together to help out Curious Lottie and her quest for dolls for Japan.

Curious Lottie’s Dolly Donation for Children of Japan — Deadline July 16

Curious Lottie was inspired by Sarah’s Doll Drives

Goodness knows I have plenty of fabric lying around, and you probably do too. There is a simple (and FREE) doll pattern on Sarah’s site, or you can purchase one of her other patterns off of her etsy page.

If you have some spare time and basic sewing skills, please consider adding a doll or two to the bunch being sent overseas for Japan’s children.

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.” – Mark Twain quotes

There are lots of folks around the world who need our help right now. I wandered through a yarn shop today, didn’t buy anything although I was tempted, and will instead be sending today’s savings to a charity that needs it.

Today I also dropped off a woven scarf and some knit wrist warmers to a local group. The items will be auctioned off to raise scholarship money for paraprofessionals to attend trainings. And I’ve completed some chemo caps. One more on the needles then I’ll be sending these off as well.

Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps

That’s one of the really nice things about these fiber arts; we can give enjoyment and comfort to complete strangers through the things we make.

Oh, forgot to mention that tomorrow (Saint Patrick’s Day) is sale day at the new-found Harriet’s Treadle Arts. They also have lists in-store of items you can donate to Any Soldier. A staff person at Harriet’s is collecting things and will get them sent off where they need to go.

Current Audiobooks: Magyk, Flyte, and Physick (Septimus Heap books) by Angie Sage

Currently Reading: Imagined Worlds by Dyson

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” — Audrey Hepburn