Archive for March, 2010


I’m a bit beat. The turn out was fantastic. I would have to say that this would be the largest so far. I happily saw some familiar faces, as well as some new ones. Loads of new dollies as well.

I’ve been busy going through my photos this evening and I’m not even half way through. There were just too many dolls to count. The photo above was just a sampling of what was there. We had another table covered and not counting a few in a window and couple more being walked around by their keepers. We took over the second floor of the cafe. Adam had no problems with us doing so and as always, was very glad to have us. Fantastic day, but a bit over whelming. Wouldn’t you say Alyce?

…Oh dear. I think she’s fainted.

red v-neck

In case anyone missed it, I had a rather “woe is me” moment this weekend. With very little warning my hard drive went kaput… again. Meaning I lost everything in my laptop… again. Sadly, in the short years I’ve learned how to use the thing call a computer I’ve become dependent on it for everything. Lack of sleep piled up on top of other things running through my head, you would have thought it was the end of the world. My mother put it into proper perspective when she said the next morning “Girl, if that’s the worst thing you ever go through in your life consider yourself lucky” …she’s totally right of course. Thanks to my hero the Mr (who I can not do with out), in the end my comp has a new hard drive and is running a million times faster (less cluttered). I also finished a sweater in record time for the meet next weekend (whoo hoo) while I was waiting for my Hero to makes things right. Anyway, all is well.

The sweater above is the finished v-neck I’ve been wanting to make. It’s officially available on the commission page. Sd sized only for now but hopefully, soon in mature mini as well. I have a great fondness for v-necks in case anyone can’t tell. And on the boy’s the deeper the “v” the better (I’ve been sporting a lower cut myself;D). This style is a bit more relaxed.

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Hitomu by Sekiraku

So, sometime last week Kristi (alanna214) posted, on one of her LJ posts, a portrait of two of her boys she recently had done. Both she and Emily (nightengale) had portraits done by a friend of theirs who goes by the name of sekiraku on deviant art and pencil-smudged on live journal. After checking her portfolio and poking and prodding Kristi for some more info, I contacted Eden about getting a portrait done for Hito. I figured why not.

Eden was incredibly sweet about the whole thing. It’s been ages since I last commission a piece from anyone so I gave her some photos, a little bit of info (or maybe too much, hahahaha) and told her to do whatever she wanted. I think she got Hito down perfectly. From the style of hair, to a stance I think he would totally carry if his body could pose that way. She also got his colors right. The boy is so monochromatic compared to the rest of my crew and to some of the other portraits she’s done, but that is totally him. He’s either wearing white, creams or colors so dark they are pretty much unrecognizable.

I’m quite happy with the portrait and I’m looking forward to getting a few more from her sometime soon while she’s still open for commissions. It’s wouldn’t be fair for the others to be left out (… but aren’t they always left out?). I highly recommend her. Her communication was fantastic and speedy (she was even traveling at the time). Her prices are very reasonable if you ask me and she was so fast getting the portrait done. It only took a few days at the most. Understandably, it would all depend on how much work and how many commission she has on her plate, so act fast if your thinking about it.

As for today, the weekend has been pretty rainy and miserable (I’d rather have snow). Hints of sping have disappeared and I’m feeling it. I think today is oging to be a lazy knitting day. Working on V-neck sample #2 and then the final Dollshi sweater. Pictures coming soon.

It’s seems like a hot cocoa type of afternoon, as well.

I’m feeling rather sentimental over this boy today. It was one year ago today that I was sitting at my kitchen table carving away while I was waiting for the cable guy to pick up our cable box, hahaha (one year of no tv, btw). When I read back I sounded so horrible. This head really was an experiment that I really did not intend to use as Hito’s regular head. Yes, “Hitomu”, or “the Drayton” as he was called for the longest time, was around for a while before this guy settled in as my favorite. I don’t know how it happened or why but I try not to question things that bring me happiness or help the creative juices flow. There isn’t a day that goes by that this little man doesn’t inspire some idea or project, be it for the dolls or myself. He reminds me of how much I love this hobby.

For his first year I finished the v-neck for him. It’s hard to tell but I made a slight change since the sneak peek. I frog the collar back and reknit the last row, knitting the two center stitches together to add a little shaping. It shortened the collar a little bit but the pattern allows me to adjust the depth with no problem at all. I’m making another sample for the commission page with some minor changes. I’m using a new color that I haven’t shown off yet called blood… very pretty.

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v-neck... YES!

While I wait for a commission piece to dry, all I really have to say right now is “Yes!” I finally made an attempt to make a v-neck style Takumi Sweater and it’s looking alright. I need to work out a few bugs. I do like the webbing effect that it created. Certainly not done in the most traditional process but I’ll do anything to get a specific result. Kristi (alanna214) has done some fantastic examples of v-neck doll sweaters. I believe she uses a more traditional approach and they are just flawlessly done(though, I think she’ll argue with me on that, but I still stick to my word on the subject). She definitely has more patience than me.

Just a quick note to myself about this sweater: I think I finally worked out a way to use the Kitchener stitches with less bulk… YAY!

This sweater is far from done. It need to be washed, blocked and the ends need to be woven in… It will smooth out any obvious flaws that are showing. I think the only reason it looks as good as it does is for the fact that the Muse if wearing it.

Speaking of Muse, it seems that his bday is coming up very soon. In a few days as a matter of fact. Who knew that a little junk cast that started out as an experiment would take over. That was totally not my goal when I started this blog. I can’t help but <3 Hitomu.