Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Little Flowers in the Snow
One of the GB's Christmas presents this year was a handmade wooden bed for Nora, her 18-inch doll. Nora is made in the style of American Girl dolls, but is simpler and easier to care for (and much less expensive), which is just right until the GB is a bit older. The GB received Nora for Christmas last year (she named the doll herself; she has a friend named Cora and she liked the idea of her doll's name rhyming with her friend's name). This year, a bit too close to the wire, the Bear decided to make a bed for Nora. I was asked to make the soft parts. I'm happy to do this, but there wasn't enough time before Christmas, so I promised the GB that we'd make them together after the holidays. She was agreeable; she likes helping me with crafty things and she will never say no to a chance to pick things out herself. The project will ultimately include a fabric-covered foam mattress, a pillow, a quilt and an afghan. The afghan is the first part I've been able to finish so far. I did a similar set of bedding pieces for a wooden doll cradle a few years ago. (That's baby doll Nellie's bed). Now the GB has dedicated beds for both of her special dolls.
Nora's blanket is a smaller version of the blanket I made for the GB in 2014, Ice Cream Flowers. Both blankets are made with the Flowers in the Snow pattern from Solstrikke, a lovely Norwegian blog featuring lots of crocheted goodness. The GB's blanket is bed-sized, with 196 flowery circles, while Nora's is quite tiny, with only 12. I wanted Nora's blanket to be a mini version of the GB's, to make it fun and special. The GB keeps Nora's bed at the foot of her own, tucking her in every night (and Nellie into her cradle on the other side of the room) before she herself goes to bed. She means business about her pretend play; both dolls are dressed in day clothes and night clothes daily, and are read to and tucked into bed at the same time every evening. She takes it very seriously, which is touching as well as entertaining for those of us observing her. She's a sweet little mama.
The blankets aren't exactly the same. For one thing, the GB's blanket has softer, more muted colors in the flowers. I wanted hers to be a blanket that could grow with her, looking a little more grown up for later on. Nora's blanket has bolder, more playful colors. She's a doll, so this seems fitting. Also, I don't have all the colors anymore that I used in the GB's blanket. I've finished them off over the last year and a half, and didn't replace all of them.
Another difference is the edging. Both blankets have one round of double-crochet in white, with a colored single-crochet round next (pink for Nora, blue for the GB), but the GB's also has an additional single-crochet round of white around the outer edge. I thought three rounds seemed a bit much for such a tiny blanket.
Nora's sleeping a little rough right now, with a piece of foam for a mattress and just her afghan, but there's still a lot more in store for her and her new bed. The GB has been helping me make Nora's quilt, which will be a bright patchwork one (stay tuned for more Nora-related makes!). Nora does have a few other small blankets that the GB puts on top of the mattress at night. It's not as bleak as it looks here, but I did want to give you an idea of the size of the blanket and the bed itself; making small items is challenging for me! This isn't so difficult, though; I feel that crocheting blankets with perle cotton for our dollhouse has prepared me for anything.
Little Flowers in the Snow
Hook: Clover Amour F/5 (3.75mm)
Yarns: Stylecraft Special DK, various colors, including White (joining and border) and Fondant (border)
Size: 12 flower squares, total measurement approximately 12 inches by 16 inches