feels good to be back..

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Win a Bamboletta! Please see June 15th’s post.

Even though I was only off for about 3 weeks from making dolls it sure does feel good to be back making them! I’m almost finished these ones that are up for sale tomorrow on Etsy. The red headed guy is a custom, but the girls are all looking for new homes. The 2 that have no sweaters will be getting sweaters but on Saturday. I’m going to Vancouver this weekend and will be seeing Nonna (sweater maker extroidinairre!) apparently she has 6 sweaters made for the dolls.

I’m looking forward to this weekend away. My cousin Gabe and his wife Laura just had a little babe a few days ago. It’s a little girl and I can’t wait to meet her and smell that newborn head! Finally another girl to bestow dolls upon. I’m also looking forward to my usual Vancouver traditions..sushi, main st, h&m and a visit with old girlfriends.

I’m designating some time to go to Maiwa studio on Granville Island for some dyes for my yarns. They really know what they are doing there. I’ve been dying my own mohair and slub lately, I’ve been so fed up with trying to get my hands on good mohair in good ‘hair’ colors so I’ve been doing it myself. I’m also worried about the dyes that are used in commercially dyed yarns. I know that Berrie too has NOT been feelin’ the mohair love either, she’s dying her own too. I found a good source for undyed yarns here. I like their Toaga mohair..it’s spun a tad thicker then regular mohair..something us dollmakers love. It’s really fun dying your own wool, it’s like you’ve taken craftiness to a whole new level. So much craft, so little time.

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Hey! I just saw that Natural Pod is having a giveaway too! They are giving away a pushcart, something I’ve been eyeing for my little Jasper. It’s designed by Natural Pod and made here on Vancouver Island.

Monica - June 26, 2008 - 10:14 pm

Oh gosh! I love them all! Chistina, you never cease to amaze me. I think it’s really cool that you’re dying your own hair now too. Is there anything you can’t do? lol
Have fun loving on your new little family member…I need someone in my family to have a new baby too….I want to do tiny knits. :) Enjoy your travels!

Meike - June 27, 2008 - 3:27 am

When I get back from my holidays, I’m going to give that whole dyeing thing a try too! I’ve been disappointed with the availability of mohair in good hair colours too. Have fun in Vancouver!

Christine - June 28, 2008 - 3:32 am

Those dolls are too cute! And can I just say I’m amazed you take care of your little one, travel so much and still find time to make these dolls and dying yarn too? I thought I was a busy bee! Perhaps it’s the name. 😉

Christine from the NL

Berrie - June 29, 2008 - 6:27 am

Hey there Christina – Yeah for dyeing our own yarn. I am liking it more and more. Which dye have you found most to your liking? I am still bouncing around there. I love the red hair in the bottom photo! I am buying my yarn from Catnip Yarns as well.

xoxo Berrie

admin - June 30, 2008 - 9:18 pm

Hey Berrie!
I like the natural dyes over at Maiwa, but I think with the scouring, pretreatment and then fixing, there may be more chemicals then a low impact dye. I’m working with one called Ciba tonight- I need some black mohair and do not want that to not grab. I’m still experimenting. It is fun though.
Meike, it is so fun to dye and very satisfying! I can’t wait to learn more! I had a great time in Vancouver- thanks. My family live there so it’s nice to hand the little ones over to Grandma and get an afternoon ‘off’!
thanks Monica and Chirstine :)

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