cooking

Posted on oktober 15th, 2009 @ 3:13 pm in found,toys by Meike

keukenYeah! Look what we just got! It’s the IKEA mini kitchen. 😀 Extremely hard to come by around these parts, since they’re always sold out within a few days, but we got lucky this time! I know, it’s not Saint Nick just yet, but a girl’s got to start planning gifts early, right? Now at least I can finally throw in all these little cooking utensils I’ve been collecting over the years!

We were originally going to build our own kitchen, but I just couldn’t resist this one. Besides, Pieter’s still recovering from all the renovating we had to do in our new home. And hey – this one has cooking rings that light up red. 🙂

Ah, to be a child again!

Mima’s cardi

Posted on oktober 10th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Mima's second cardi

Hurray, Mima’s cardi is done! It’s always the buttons that take me longest… 😉

I’ve also been working on her undies (you can just see them above her tunic’s neckline), and I’m almost done with her pants; just need to knit the gusset closed. Then it’s on to the booties (probably in the same colour as her cardigan), and after that: off to the shop!

I’ll keep you posted.

Waldorf doll resources: a list

Posted on oktober 4th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm in found,tutorial,waldorf dolls by Meike

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve finally gotten round to adding a Waldorf Doll Resources list to this weblog. On it, you’ll find links to books, DVDs, online patterns and tutorials I have collected over the years. I hope you’ll find it of use! If there’s anything missing that you think should be on there, do not hesitate to let me know, either by sending me an email (meike{AT}starrysheep{DOT}com) or by leaving a comment.

But before you go (and I cannot stress this often enough), please note:

Most of the patterns I am linking to are for personal use ONLY. Please respect the original owner’s copyright – do NOT claim any of these as your own and do NOT copy or redistribute any of these patterns/instructions in any way without asking the original copyright owner’s express permission first!

Thanks… and enjoy!

Waldorf Doll Resources: a list

dolls

Posted on september 29th, 2009 @ 2:14 pm in BJD by Meike

Felixdoll Brownie Momo Andrea Just to show that Waldorf *can* go together with plastic fantastic: this is the doll I’m currently waiting for. 😀 Sorry, rebellious mood today. But look at that sweetie! A Felix doll Brownie, Momo Andrea. She’s really tiny, only 11 cm (that’s 4.3 inches) tall, and I for one cannot wait till she gets here! I’ve already ordered her a new wig and a pair of teeny weenie shoes, and my fingers are itching to start knitting her little somethings. (The doll company’s website is here: Ajumapama USA, and they’ve got LOADS of these little cuties! There’s a European store as well, here: Ajumapama Europe.)

And to prove that I am now well and truly on the way to madness: I received a tiny little dress, pair of booties, coat & wig today for yet another doll, a doll that I haven’t even been able to order yet… That’s is the world of Asian ball jointed dolls for you. Most stores only open up their preorders a couple of times a year, and I am anxiously awaiting such an opening. The anticipation is killing me! At least, I now can start knitting little dresses, because I’ve got something to compare them to, size-wise. Wheee! Bring on the tiny knitting needles!

Outfit for Lati Yellow

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books

Posted on september 29th, 2009 @ 9:49 am in found,waldorf dolls by Meike

For Kate: my two new books. 🙂

Frohliche Puppen SelbstgemachtThe first is Fröhliche Puppen selbst gemacht, by Freya Jaffke. Not yet available in English, but I am certain there will be a translation in the near future; most of Jaffke’s books have been translated into a number of languages. I must say though that I was a bit disappointed by this book. Nothing new in it for me, and I don’t much care for the tone in which it is written. Much too pedantic, in a I-know-how-you-should-be-raising-your-children way. Maybe that’s just me – I like the Waldorf way, but I’d like to make my own decisions, thank you very much. I’m not one for blindly sticking to one theory or way of life, and I definitely do not like people telling me “this is what you’ve got to do or your child will end up depraved”. I don’t think my children will be lesser persons if they’re not surrounded by Waldorf all the time. It’s all about balance, that’s what I think. Anyhow! I’ll get off my soap box now. 😉 It’s a decent book, it’s got all the basics, and it does a fine job of teaching you how to make different types of Waldorf dolls, from a simple knot doll to a knitted doll to a limbed doll, and that’s what really counts, right?

Sewing dollsThe second book is still on its way to me; I’m expecting it this week, and this is the one I’m really excited about: Sewing Dolls, by Karin Neuschütz (translated by Susan Beard). I’ve already got Neuschützes book Die Waldorfpuppe, and it’s my absolute favourite, so I’m very happy one of her books has finally been translated into English! I’ll most certainly be spamming you all with it a bit more once it gets here. 🙂

Edited to add:

To clear up any confusion – From what I wrote above, you may have concluded that Sewing Dolls is a translation of Die Waldorfpuppe! This is not the case; Sewing Dolls is a translation of a different (originally Swedish) book! My apologies for not being clear in the first place…

interrupted

Posted on september 23rd, 2009 @ 5:25 pm in daily life,found,waldorf dolls by Meike

I feel the urge to complete things. Sound familiar? 😀 I don’t even know anymore how many times I’ve told myself “you need to finish what you’ve got lying around here!”. And now, now that there are two books on their way to my home, two new dollmaking books, it’s a more persistent urge than ever before. Because new books means new patterns means new ideas… And never enough time! Especially now that Pieter’s abroad, in the US, for business. It’s easier than I thought it would be, just me and the kids; we’ve settled into a routine very quickly (which isn’t to say that they don’t drive me mad regularly, because good heavens, they do), but still… When it’s 8 o’clock at night and the last chatter has finally died down, that leaves me with just two measly hours in which I can craft uninterrupted. I really think I should call this weblog ‘Craft, Interrupted’ sometimes…

35

Posted on september 19th, 2009 @ 11:11 am in daily life by Meike

autumn

There. it’s not *quite* autumn yet, but it’s close enough to justify changing my nature table, as far as I’m concerned!

Also, It’s my 35th birthday today, and I’m feeling positively ancient…

Now off to bake a cake!

Lena’s dress

Posted on september 9th, 2009 @ 9:26 am in knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Lena's dressI finally managed to finish Lena’s dress! Quite a feat, what with all this BJD madness going on. 😉

I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result. I added quite a few more increases than the original pattern called for, and for a while I was afraid that it wouldn’t work out, that the skirt would end up too wide. But with the ruffled edge added, I think it is just right! It’s what I had in my head, anyway. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? 🙂

stop

Posted on september 4th, 2009 @ 9:00 pm in BJD,daily life,found by Meike

I will Lati Yellow Byurlnow stop looking at BJDs. I WILL. Because I have found my favourite. It’s not a Puki after all; it’s the Lati Yellow Byurl. Or the Lami. Perhaps. (Note to self: perfect wigs here.) Much to my chagrine, the company that makes them is not taking any preorders right now, so I’ll have to wait at least another month before being able to order one, perhaps even longer. And THEN it’ll take between 8-12 weeks for it her to get here! Ugh! A well-deserved lesson in patience, one might say. Go ahead, say it. I dare you.

Anyhow, I’ll stop speaking in riddles now. But before I do, will you look at the sweet girl?! Goodness. (I’ll just whisper very softly that I’ve already ordered the wig, and you’ll pretend you haven’t heard, okay?)

And now, I’ll really go back to my knitting. Or something. I seem to remember there’s a book I need to have finished editing by Monday, and well… *cough* Byeee.

(Picture courtesy of Nessadear.)

puki

Posted on september 4th, 2009 @ 9:51 am in BJD,found by Meike

O no. Why me? Why now? I’ve got a new obsession. My eyes are almost rectangular, I’ve been browsing the web so much. I even dreamt about it last night. O… dear.

It’s not Waldorf, not even close – it’s plastic and Asian, and I cannot help myself. I have just discovered the world of BJD. That’s ball jointed dolls. And I am completely in love with the Puki Puki dolls, extremely tiny dolls made by a company called Fairyland.

There are so many Flickr groups dedicated to these lovelies, there’s a group on Ravelry, and I just cannot stop! I’ll be adding pictures later on.

For now, I think I need to get away from the computer, to go knit something, something Waldorf-y, as a counterweight to all the plastic cuteness. I feel like a split personality now. 😉