a few weeks ago lily announced that she would like to get her bff rennie a mary ingalls doll for christmas. the girls love playing little house, but they don't have specific mary and laura dolls to play with. lily's solution was simple: i would crochet two dolls (she'll obviously need a laura doll to play with mary) and she would sew their clothes.
how could i possibly say no to that?!?
i couldn't. so we picked out a pattern, the emily doll by moji-moji designs (rav link) and i got to work. i'm sure i've said before how un-fond i am of fiddly work, and the prospect of two sets of arms and two sets of legs was not something i was looking forward to... i just keep saying, "i love you lily" over and over while i struggle with the tight stitches and the cramped fingers (and in the interest of full disclosure i will confess to chucking a half-finished arm across the table once at knitnight).
just after thanksgiving i finished the first doll:
those are the calico-esque fabrics lily picked out for their outfits. she immediately got to work taking measurements and planning out the dresses:
now in the evenings she sews on the dresses while i work to finish the laura doll...
i really do love my daughter and i am so proud of her generous heart, her "if it doesn't exist, let's just make it ourselves" spirit, and her fearlessness when it comes to designing and sewing clothing for her dolls. as much as i dislike crocheting arms and legs i truly am feeling blessed to be a part of this special project!