Monday, September 24, 2007

Barbie Gets Dolled Up

Um...remember when I said I was working on a rather complicated Dale baby sweater? It kind of took a turn for the worse and I had to frog the whole thing. I apparently have a complete inability to count while simultaneously knitting yarn-overs. Realizing that my new niece could well be in college by the time I finished, if indeed I ever did finish, I decided to scrap the sweater idea (for now, not forever) and knit something infinitely easier - a blanket. The truth is, I think this is a much better choice anyway, because it's something she can use for years and is fully machine washable and dryable. I'll post pictures of the blanket and the surprise I knit for her big brother after they've received them. In the meantime, I've been at it with the doll clothes again.

Sometimes a gal needs a little glam in her life, so Barbie got this:

The dress pattern is from Nicky Epstein's Knits for Barbie. I made up the shawl myself.

Using the same pattern with a little variation creates a less formal look:

Note: Barbie is not wearing shoes because this is surfer Barbie and she has honking huge feet. I love how realistic they are (and yes, some of us do have feet that wide), but unfortunately they don't make any shoes for them.

Finally, I'm never happy unless I'm making up my own designs, so I created this skirt and top set for Kate's Barbie:

I'm currently working on a mix-and-match set for Emma's Barbie, so keep an eye out for more pics soon.


Faith said...

I love, love, love the Barbie clothes! So sorry about your sweater incident.

Liz said...

Congrats on the 360 poems, Sharon -that is mighty impressive - totally dig the titles.

Love how you kit out those Barbies - I bet there's a market out there for such great work.


Sharon Hurlbut said...

Faith - thanks! I bet you'll be knitting doll clothes before you know it. I just peeked at your blog and I can't believe Daisy is already 5 MONTHS. Love the photo of her in the basket!

Liz - Thanks! I'll be heading back for round 13 tomorrow. Maybe you want to come and join in? (hint, hint). Barbies are great fun to knit for because if I mess up, I haven't wasted much time or yarn.

Bebe said...

Hi Sharon,

My favorite the one of your own design, Can I order one in a size 16 petite! Love all of the blues. Congrats on the round 12, that is mighty impressive. I loved Barbies, I was so sad when Rachael quit playing with them around 10. she held on to her special Arial, everything else she gave to her cousin who is 5. My neice likes when when I play Barbies with her.

:) brenda

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Brenda, I don't even want to think about my girls giving up dolls! Not that they're hugely into them, but they have a good time and I love the imaginative things they come up with. I still have my original Barbie, from 19sixty-mumblemumble. It's OLD. She comes out to visit once in a while. I also have the Sunshine Family from the 70s, which we occasionally play with. Well, I don't think we're ever to old to play, really. Thanks for reading and leaving me a comment!