Friday, 3 May 2019

April WIPocalypse Late Check In

Uh oh. I've not been doing very well keeping up with my check-ins and so on. Hopefully that shall now improve. My excuse is, of course, work. However, it's because I have been changing jobs. I now work 'behind the scenes', and instead of teaching I am working with an exam board. 2 weeks in, it is very very different to what I am used to but I am enjoying it.

Here you can have a shameless selfie of me on my first day!

But now, to the case in hand.

The WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings and the aim is to share (and ideally complete) projects we wish to finish before the End of the World.

Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO
Unusually for me, my longest WIP is not a cross-stitch. It is my lovely crochet doll. I started it at least 4 years ago, and it is still going strong. I did make the doll and then stop for a few years. There has been a lot more progress in the past 6 months than in 4 years.

I am generally following patterns in the book My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessedjian. However, my friend requested that the doll not be a white doll (just so her children have a little more variety). So I made up a pattern to make a sari. I used a some of a top pattern and some of a dress pattern from the book, and then fudged the sash! Really love the wool for it though.

My problem is that I keep just having ideas of more and more outfits to make. And I get my tensions a bit funny, so I can't just give the doll and make more outfits. I started the doll when my friend's daughter was 3 and a bit. She is now 7 and has a little brother who is about 3 and a half - on the brightside, both of them will now get a lot of enjoyment out of the doll - if I finish it.

I am actually aiming to finish it as part of WIPocalypse - but we shall see...


Lin said...

Good luck with the new job. Your little doll is looking very cute in her sari. xx

Astrids dragon said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying your new job.
Fun outfits, the sari looks wonderful!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the new job, I wonder if you will see any of my son's exam papers this summer. He starts his GCSEs next week!
Love the doll with her sari. Back in the 1970s we had a range of cloth dolls bought from Oxfam as kits for people to make up. Mum made us a quite a range of multi-cultural dolls.

FlashinScissors said...

Congratulations on your new job Bethan!
Love the selfie ..... I don’t think they are that easy to do (I was just trying it out on my machine)!
Your doll is a really fun project ..... I wouldn’t want to part with her if she were mine!
Love the sari! The other outfit is lovely and bright too! Nice random wools!
Look forward to seeing more outfits for her.
Actually my next post will show the doll I’ve made over the last couple (?) of years - I'm making her some shoes!
Barbara xx

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