Knitting update ;)

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Sooo I have a new pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ Therefore, much knitting again, as that doll is slimmer than the Obitsus and a even a tiny bit slimmer than th Ellowyne Wilde dolls.

The sweater with cables is loosely based on this basic pattern (only knit with 2 mm DPN; for the sleeves I decrease down to 20; and of course added cables ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Soft pastelsย  Moar Boxhood

(The Hoodie pattern is a very nice free pattern from ravelry by undermostsalamander)

The stockings are shaped to fit MNF cutie legs (wider over the knee with dec. under the knee, shaped heel etc ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Too lazy for “real” cables / zu faul fรผr “echtes” Zopfmuster

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The time sharing Obitsu body is lucky enough to receive many clothes, as it is like knitting for another doll once you pop another head on ๐Ÿ˜‰

Obitsu Megu Obitsu Kanna, handknitted clothes

These jumpers are standard “topdown raglan” sweaters, knit in the round. The cable is a mock cable, basically you knit k2p2 ribbing and cross the knit stitches in every 4-6ths row (knitting the second stitch first, but leaving it on the left hand needle, then knitting the first stitch and slipping these both stitches to the right hand needle). If you knit flat, do that in a right side row!

Der Teilzeit-Obitsu-Kรถrper bekommt derzeit die meisten Klamotten, weil es sich anfรผhlt, als wรผrde man immer fรผr eine neue Puppe stricken, wenn man einfach den Kopf wechselt ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dieses Zopfmuster ist ein “falsches” Zopfmuster, da die Maschen quasi nur verkreuzt abgestrickt werden. Man strickt 2re2li Rippenmuster und in jeder 4.-6. Reihe wird bei den zwei rechten Maschen jeweils zuerst die 2. Masche auf der linken Nadel gestrickt, aber auf der Nadel belassen, dann die erste, und dann beide auf die rechte Nadel gehoben. Wenn man nicht in Runden strickt, muss dies in einer rechten (=Vorderseiten-)Reihe geschehen!

New Year, new dolls ;)

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Weeelllll so not buying many more dolls will be one of my resolutions (however, those I will buy will be more expensive ^^”).

Though I still look at my Monster Highs fondly, I do not think I will buy any more of these (at least until I see that 17” girl they will bring out in natura). However, I have to admit that knitting for the Monsters still has the advantage that, given their bodyshape, projects for them are finished much faster than for the larger dolls… Every now and then I will just make a little sweater for them so as to not get frustrated with larger projects. Yes, I am a sucker for instant gratification.

My newest acquisitions lead me dangerously close to the BJD realm: a Hujoo Freyr and an Obitsu 40cm with an Ai-chan head ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, the Freyr will get a faceup some time soon.

Yes, I did fall so in love with the large Obitsu that I am already planning how to get enough money together to get one of the larger bodies with about at least three heads ^^” (the heads are quite cheap, the bodies are the priciest items on these dolls). However, compared to their stringed resin cousins, they still are quite reasonable priced. While personally, I like the anime aethestics and will get the anime heads, Obitsu also offers some lovely “realistic” sculpts. Their “anime” heads plus the 50cm bodies get really close to the Dollfie Dream aesthetics ๐Ÿ˜‰

Though this little gem was purchased from a lovely collector from a forum, my “dealer” of choice for all things Obitsu is the parabox. Yes, they ship from Japan, so you have to be careful about postage and customs, but compared to most other sources *cough* evilbay *cough*, their prices are okay. If, however, you are inside the US, you might rather want to look towards the junkyspot ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

In my opinion, the great poseability and the easy handling make the Obitsu dolls much more desirable for me than the stringed dolls. For example, though I would not part with my little little Hujoo Freyr, which I already named Loki ;), the stringed dolls really are a bit problematic for me. The Hujoo, though made form ABS plastic, is stringed, and already this small 1/6 scale doll holds a tension high enough to make it hard to impossible for me to e.g. take his head off and put it on again alone. (I have some problems with my hands/wrists, and pulling against tension is sth. that is quite hard for me to pull off.).

The large scale Obitsu dolls come with a magnetic stand, which is basically a metal plate you put the doll on, which has magnets in their feet and can stand all on its own! (The Hujoo, too, can stand on its own, resulting from its good stringing.) Poseability is great in both dolls!

The little sweater for the Hujoo is our standard raglan sweater with 4×8 st in circumference plus 4×8 (2x [2×8]) for the sleeves (64 st total) on 2.5 mm needles with fingering yarn. For the trousers and hat I might post a pattern soon, but I am not totally sure anymore what I did exactly with the hat ^^” I can tell that it is 48st in circumference.

The Obitsu’s sweater is 4×12 st in circumference plus 4×12 for the sleeves (for sleeves then pick up 4 stitches under arm when knitting them) on a 2.5 mm needle with fingering yarn. The cabled yoke is knit separately (10 st width, about 27 cm lengths), then swen together as the collar. The working stitches are then picked up from the yoke (I picked up 4×16 and then started with the standard raglan increase).

Ellowyne Wilde

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Ok I solemnly swear to my bank account that this really is the last doll for 2014 ๐Ÿ˜‰

I really love that in doll collector forums you sometimes have the opportunity to grab a dollieh at reasonable prices. I found a lovely Ellowyne Wilde! She is, or more like was, the Ellowyne Essential Red. However, previous owners chopped her hair off to be able to put different wigs on her. She really has a lovely face, painted on green eyes.

What made me really happy is that she can wear my Makie’s wigs ๐Ÿ˜‰ (However, I’ll stick to 7-8 inch wigs; 6-7 inch does not fit Ellowyne and is a really close fit on the Makie).

T-Shirt Dress for Tonner and similar 16” fashion dolls

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Thanks to a very reasonable priced offer from MelGDolls, I was able to add this lovely green witch (Tonner “Cyclone Cantata”) to my collection. Yes, the nude dolls are much more reasonably priced, therefore I forwent the lovely dress this doll normally wears and decided to knit sth. up. Yes, she will get a black dress (or several), but until these are finished, she will have to wear what is available, among other things this colourful T-Shirt Dress ๐Ÿ˜‰

Basically, it is knitted very similarly to the basic top and skirt, but with someย more stitches in circumference (4st, 4*11st instead of 4*10) so that it does not stretch as much over the bust area.

The colourway was a surprise for me, too, as this was made from my lovely “advent calender” gift skein ๐Ÿ™‚

Have your eyes adjusted again after this onslaught of colour? Then, off to the patter we go!

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Basic Skirt and Top for Tonner and similiar 16” dolls (e.g. Ellowyne etc.)

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Yes, it is with the Tonner doll again. I have a new dollieh and she needs clothes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today we have a lovely ensemble of basics – a long skirt (easily adaptable for shorter skirts) with a matching short sleeved shirt. The skirt was strongly inspired by a lovely free pattern for Monster High (German pattern though, look for “Kleid in zwei Varianten” on ravelry. The matching circle shrug was made according to this lovely and easy free pattern (project notes) from ravelry. Well, then on to the pattern for the skirt and shirt! Continue reading