Monday, 1 June 2015

crafty plans for june

Every month I aim to set myself, and complete, a ‘crafty challenge’ – a personal goal to help improve my knitting and crochet, and to embolden me to react to all the patterns and inspiration that is available on the internet! By sharing this with you I feel more encouraged to branch out and do these challenges by the end of the same month, and hopefully you will be interested in what I am working. Perhaps it will help inspire you to try something new as well?

This month's challenge is, I think you will agree, quite different to anything I've ever made or shared here with you, but it's something I've been thinking about for a long time!
Design and knit some clothes for Barbie (and similar sized dolls)
This is a project I have been very keen to try for a long long time, but have been putting it of because every time I come to it, it feels somewhat daunting. I don't usually knit such small and intricate things, and to set myself the challenge of designing some tiny items of clothing, let alone knit them, is quite a biggy! 
But what I've come to really appreciate about my crafting ever since starting this blog is that I am much more willing than I give myself credit for to attempt something new and to challenge myself. It feels good to come out of the comfort zone a little (when we succeed especially) if only so you can say to yourself 'well, at least I tried!'. This should also help me, with any luck, in better understanding how to design garments for people, as so far most of my patterns are crochet amigurimi. I do love these but I feel like the real achievements and strides are in knitted garment patterns. That's what I hope to be able to do within a few years at least. 
Also tiny knitting will be ideal for summer, if the weather ever picks up here in the UK ... I've started a Pinterest board to help inspire me, but if you have any recommendations do hit me up!
I aim to make at least one skirt this month, but hopefully within the interests of online doll decency I can match this with a top or a dress! Have you got any crafty plans this month? 
if you want to buy this (plain old) Barbie, she is £4.99 from Home Bargains - I've bought her so now I need to dress her!


  1. Ooh I used to do this with my Barbies back in the day! I think about giving it another go each time I see one in charity shop but I'd likely never get around to it... can't wait to see what you come up with!

  2. This seems like such a fun challenge. I just watched this video about a lady who designs and knits teeny tiny sweaters for claymation movies. I can't wait to see what you come up with for Barbie!

  3. If I could have knitted when I was younger I like to think I would have been the same - though I had Action Man and not barbie, so would have been knitting for him :p Oh well perhaps if I make something worthy you could use that as a boost to grab a Barbie? I would love to have a go at a joint project or something :) jenny xx

  4. Thanks Brandy - I hope it will be a fun challenge :) Aw that sounds awesome! I would be interested in watching that video if you have a link? :) jenny xx

  5. Here you go:

  6. Barbie Knit-a-long! Let's do it ;) And you just reminded me I knitted a sleeping bag and a jumper for my brother's Action Man...he had a lot to put up with...

  7. OH that is amazing! crazy talent this lady has! xx

  8. ok its on! Maybe when I make some progress on my designs I'll send you a message or something and see if we can do anything :) jenny xx

    sleeping bag - amazing!

  9. Great post, thanks for sharing it.