Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Exactly as planned....

If you've been watching this space, you'd know that I've been experimenting with the knitting machine, knitting needles, yarn and dye. Seeing what happens....
I machine-knitted some cream coloured wool, dyed it BRIGHT green (yikes!).. then dulled it down with red to make a lovely lichen-mossy-tweedy colour.... then hand-knitted (and frogged and re-knitted) a cap sleeve top and a little gumnut-baby hat.
A handwash and blocking produced a lovely tweedy set for a 1-year-old gumnut kid. But I thought how little time a busy mother has to handwash knits, so I did a test-run through a wool cycle in the washing machine. Baby Alive modelled the hat (because there were no balloons in the house) as it dried. Hmmmmm..... a soft minty green...

....which, when it dried, had a layer of rusty-red on the surface. Eeeuw! (I was so horrified, I didn't take photos of this stage of development).

With nothing to lose, I tried it through a normal wash in the machine, thinking it might felt a bit.So Baby Alive has a nice new ice-mint coloured, felted tunic and gumnut-hat.... and I have a better idea of a few yarny processes (which was the plan!). And that one-year-old will have to wait a bit longer for a new outfit!

14 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

You are one extreme crafter!

Tanya said...

Lucky baby alive...those are very freaky baby alive eyes, if I may say so.

Vic said...

My Mum sent Punk a Baby Alive she found at the oppy for $4 this week; she is not nearly as stylishly dressed & her weird face freaks me the hell out. ;)

Tania said...

Bloody knitting. Bloody wool.

Handmade said...

Well.... what can I say? Just too funny!

Fiona said...

That doll is one scary thing to give to a child!! But very stylishly dressed - nice save!!

Tas said...

Steep learning curve happening at your place. Fun though!

Bunny said...

Just too funny! Thanks for the morning laugh. My kids had Baby Alive. Drove me nuts.

Adriana said...

Thankyou. That made me laugh!

Lucky Baby Alive.
She got a hand dyed, hand knitted, one-of-a-kind felted outfit.

And after her spot of modelling on your very popular blog - she's now a celebrity!

Even if we do think she's a bit freaky looking...

Nikki said...

Baby Alive is known as CHUCKIE in our house. VERY.FREAKY.DOLL. Even the wee girl thinks she's a bit scary. She blinks and talks and ...chuckles....

She is,however, the perfect size for blocking knitted baby hats.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

extreme crafting. I'm sure experimentation is essential to eventual success. I'm just a wimp and stick with known things ;-)

Cheers,
AJ

Fer said...

he he he..... loving it. ♥

Nathalia said...

Very cute clothes, the doll is very funny! Hehe!

Adele - A Lass from Downunder said...

Oh lordy, she looks like one possessed little chick ... but beautifully dressed!