By Hook, By Hand
Larry and i lace front wig with braids have been riding our bicycles in the park a number of days ago, and that i noticed the cutest little lady, on her technique to the library (which shares house in our native park). Her skin was the color of dark chocolate, and her hair was braided into two French braid pigtails. She was about five, so somebody took a loving period of time to rigorously braid the hair of an energetic and little doubt fidgety little woman 🙂
I actually wanted to seize this youngster in a doll! My creative muse has been on an prolonged vacation, and I have been a bit aimless without it. Seeing this youngster was the spark I have been ready for, apparently. That, and a look by way of Joyce’s (that’s Dutzie to those of you within the Flickrverse) Lily dolls. She has taken this free sample offered by Lily Sugar&Cream and created essentially the most fantastic crochet dolls. Have a look here:
Joyce’s Lily Doll photostream
Thus Kenya was born, from a toddler glimpsed in the park and the inspiration of a pal. Kenya has a jointed head, based on this tutorial:
Simple Transfer-able Neck Jointing
And knee joints primarily based on this tutorial by Joyce:
Ball Jointed Arms and Legs
The fundamental physique is from the Lily Sugar&Cream site, which requires you to register, but that is free.
Kenya is a pleasant measurement, just under 12 inches tall, and the Lily site has quite a few outfits for this doll, crocheted from Lily Sugar&Cream cotton yarn. I used Vanna’s Selection in chocolate for the doll, and Sugar&Cream for her gown and sweater.