The girl LOVES dolls.  The girl has a few dolls, all of whom are called “Baby.” They’re all on the smaller side, except for an old Cabbage Patch Kid that used to be mine growing up.  (Her name is Colette Kate and she’s from Scotland, in case you were wondering.)  The babies use the toilet, eat, get their diapers changed, and when they are asleep the girl runs around the house shushing everyone so they don’t wake up.  We’ve actually had to leave the room not to disturb the babies.  While that may sound like we’re being pushed around by a two year old, you’ve clearly never seen the girl’s insistent side.

Still she didn’t have a soft cuddly doll to play with, so I thought I’d knit one for her for Christmas.  The other part of this is that I wanted her to have  a little doll that looked like her with tan skin and blond hair and they simply don’t exist for purchase.  American Girl comes close but I wasn’t going to buy her a $90 doll.

Look! She even has toes!

Here’s a closer picture of her hair, which I made using a light tan color and a butterscotch yellow twisted together so it looks as if there’s highlights.

Pattern: Baby Doll Set

Yarn: Takhi Cotton Classic (doll and hair), Knitpicks Felici self striping (dress), Lion Brand Cotton Ease (underwear)

The tricky thing about knitted gifts for kids is that you have to prepare yourself for the very very likely chance that they will refuse to wear or play with whatever you’ve spent so much time and care making and throw it aside for whatever battery-powered toy shows up under the tree courtesy of Santa, who then gets all the credit for the cool toy.

I hope she loves her new baby–I’ll report back after Christmas and let you know if she does.

7 thoughts on “Baby

  1. geoff says:

    S — why would you ever want this gift to be from Santa!?!? In our house Santa JUST fills up the stocking with cool things, and everything else is from us. I guess that’s a personal choice on our part to distance ourselves a bit from the santa thing while not abandoning it.

    But I have to say that a gift this special and handmade has to be from YOU. not from E or the boy… YOU! you made it just for her and she, as your daughter, should know that, right?

    BTW, that doll is remarkable and beautiful and amazing and perfect and I guess I feel strongly because I love the idea of her going around bragging, “my mommy made this for me because she loves me!”


    PS — so jealous.


    • sajbat says:

      Oh, I would NEVER let Santa take credit for the doll!! What I meant was that Santa brings things like remote-controlled cars that are the “cool” toys and my little handknitted doll will get tossed to the wayside. Nonono. Doll comes from me. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments!


  2. jenn houser says:

    The new baby – is a beautiful addition! She also has heirloom – written all over her. To follow Geoff’s thought, in many years she is going to tell another child about this special doll, that was made just for her, by her mother. You did- Great!!


  3. lisa says:

    Beautiful! I had dreams of knitting dolls, but S just doesn’t play with them. And she has a gorgeous knit Chinese looking doll that my friend knit for her, completely neglected. Maybe I’ll just knit one for me…


  4. Sumedha Shende says:

    Wow! Once again I am so proud of your creativity:) What a beautiful doll! She came all the way from Denver, CO because of mother’s hardwork and love:)


  5. Naraluna says:

    It’s really beautiful!! I’m looking forward to knitting a doll like this one too! Thanks for sharing the picture and the link for the pattern.
    Have a wonderful day!!


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