"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

and patiently she waits



I was cruising right along with this little doll.  The pattern is in this book. Legs were knit during coffee and breakfast, body at lunch, clothes through the dinner hours.  The top few body rows, head and arms had to wait a day.  I ran out of yarn and quickly plied some singles that were waiting on my spools.  I wanted the body to felt uniformly so after plying I wet and fulled the new skein, hanging it to dry overnight. The next day I was off and running again.  Once everything was knit, it was time to stuff.  The body will be felted, therefore I couldn't stuff it with wool so I used bamboo.  I was skeptical when I began and my concern turned out to be accurate.  Not enough bamboo fill.  It will take a trip to Bend (50 miles away) in order to purchase more.  So she waits.  She's much more patient than I am.




You know how I love poetry.  Imagine how excited I was to find this beautiful linen bound, gold embossed first edition by James Whitcomb Riley at our library sale.  I should have taken more pictures.  The details in this book.. stunning.  Richly illustrated inside and out with tissue endpapers...  My heart is beating a bit faster just describing it.







This is the back of the book...  the back!  And you should see the binding...

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
and Frontier Dreams
Blessings, Debbie

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful book, gorgeous cover, so much lovelier than todays paperbacks......poor doll, hope she's put safely together soon.
    x

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  2. Can't wait to see the doll when she is done! And your book looks great! I was lucky enough to be given a lot of books from my great grandma when she passed and they are beautiful :-)

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  3. Love the doll..can't hardly wait for the finished reveal:)
    ~~HUGS~~

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  4. I can feel your frustration. it will be worth the with though. Love the books!

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  5. Your little doll is going to just be adorable! What are you doing for her hair? I would love to make another doll since I gave the one away that I did, but I would like to do something different for her hair.
    The book you picked up is beautiful and I love the illustrations.

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  6. I'll wait patiently to see the finish dolly.

    And being a huge (HUGE) lover of poetry myself, I love your treasure.

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  7. Your doll is begging to be made whole! I can't wait to see her clothes and accessories :)

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  8. That doll, in all her patience and promise, must just be taunting you! I can't wait to meet her. And that illustration on the *back* of the book, it would make a fabulous embroidery pattern. Or so I imagine, not actually knowing anything about embroidery.

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  9. I, too, am patiently waiting to see your completed doll! And what a treasure - the JWR book! I don't have to tell you, "Enjoy"!

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  10. I understand you impatience. We live 67 miles to the next big city, so whenever a project needs to have something special, it's hurry up and wait. Beautiful book. Have a small edition by James Whitcomb Riley, love his folksy manner.

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  11. Oh, she is going to be wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! Can't wait (we are impatient with you!)!

    That book is a treasure... but you already know that. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  12. Don't you love finding a treasure like this at a used book sale? Oh the thrill! That book is charming, and I'm happy it went home with you!
    As for your doll, she is also charming, and I feel quite certain that she will be willing to wait patiently for you to complete her. Please be sure to show her again when she has finished her wait!

    Blessings,
    Cheryl

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  13. Oh I love your book finds..the doll, well how talented and precious.

    Elise went to be with the Lord early this morning. I know your family knows this pain also...thanks for your prayers

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  14. Looking forward to seeing the doll when it is completed. I am loving the quilt she is resting on, too!

    What a wonderful little book!

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  15. She's super cute already! I can't wait to see her stuffed!
    THAT is a fantastic bookie find, Debbie! I want to color the pictures!
    Have a great day, good knitter. (sorry for all the exclamation marks!)

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  16. Sweet - both the dolly and the book of poetry!

    Is the doll a gift? Or are you going to sell her?

    Deanna

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  17. How precious..what a great find! xo

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  18. That will be a darling doll...and the book, what a treasure, they just don't make them like that anymore! ;D

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  19. I love the doll. Can't wait to see the finished product!........Denise

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  20. Am waiting to see dolly finished. Great book.

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  21. Totally amazed at your gifted hands!
    The book is priceless, love the twins poem, so cute.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  22. Can't wait to see the finish doll!! That's a gorgeous book too, what a find!

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  23. there is nothing (NOTHING!!!) like a beautiful book! How lucky you were!

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  24. What a joy to visit your space today! Your doll will go a long way in life if she has mastered the tricky art of being patient! I have the same knitting book at home and have not tried my hand at this doll pattern but have enjoyed making the clothes for velveteen mice and rabbits inhabiting our home.

    Your poetry book makes my heart sing!

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  25. Wow, what an amazing find! That book looks just wonderful. I love the little doll in progress - can't wait to see her finished!

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  26. Such a lovely book! And can't wait to see your doll finished!

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  27. 50 miles for bamboo fill? Hmmm... perhaps you could buy it online (with free shipping) and it would cost less than gas. Glad the doll is patient. What color hair and eyes will you give her?

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  28. I made a doll last year and was so pleased with how it turned out. Wow - 50 miles for filling. I agree that perhaps you could find some online. I am eager to see it complete.

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  29. Funny as in the saying, "Things are funny like that." I have been thinking about how I would like to make a doll, and "funny", you are making one. (Although the doll I was thinking of making was not knitted). And see those slippers on the front of the book you were using to get the pattern? "Funny", I have just knitted and felted those exact slippers!

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  30. I can't wait to see the doll all finished. And that book? Gorgeous!

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  31. Oh boy. So frustrating to wait, but then again its worth waiting for the right stuff. I'm fascinated by the idea of knitting a doll and then felting it. Looking forward to seeing her finished. I had to read the twins poem outloud. Doesn't work in my head!

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  32. ouch, bummer running out! no doubt the end result will be worth the wait tho'. can't wait to see!

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  33. I love old leather bound books. And this one survived the library. How sad it is that something beautiful is neglected in favor of things like Wimpy Kid. Ah well. Your doll has more patience than I have ever had, bless her. But then, she's got lanolin at the heart of her; it behooves her to stay smooth and calm.

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  34. Looks like she'll be a beauty once she's done - well worth the wait!

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  35. "I ran out of yarn and quickly plied some singles that were waiting on my spools." Wow. That is amazing, I would love to, one day, write something like that. Cannot wait to see the doll!

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  36. The book looks lovely and I know that the doll will look lovely too when all finished. I didn't know that you could use bamboo for stuffing. Anxiously waiting to see her finished. JB

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  37. The book is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  38. Old books are so perfect. I completely understand your racing heart. Looking forward to seeing your wee gal completed.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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