June 26, 2011

Portland, you have my heart!

"Ahoy, mateys!"
Paige and I are back from Portland with such fond memories and so much more love for Blythe and the community. This was my first BlytheCon, but definitely not my first time being a vendor. I've attended quite a few handmade craft shows as a vendor, and I have to say BlytheCon was a smashing success and I could not have asked for a better experience!

June 17, 2011

BlytheCon Here We Come!

"Are we leaving yet?"

Paige is all packed and ready to head to BlytheCon 2011! We are SO excited to attend our first BlytheCon and can't wait to meet old friends, new friends, and friends we have known for so long but have not yet met in person!

I decided to go to BlytheCon in February, and in March I decided to sign up as a vendor. Three months later I (hopefully) have enough to bring to BlytheCon! Here are the xoxoBlythe items I'll be selling, along with their special BlytheCon prices:

April 24, 2011

Spring Fling Blythe Meet

 Happy Easter everyone! A few girls and I went to the Spring Fling Blythe meet at Verdugo Park in Burbank yesterday and had a great time. The L.A. Blythe folks are so creative and made some amazing dioramas as well as some great spring outfits and bonnets for their girls!

As always, there are lots more photos in my Flickr - click on the thumbnails below to see more!

Paige, Dru and Taylor went to the meet and came home with some great prizes! Dru is wearing an Easter egg nest bonnet made by Barbara/DollNo9, and Taylor is wearing an Easter bunny hat made by Penny/BlytheGalaxy! We enjoyed some great mini cupcakes, chocolate, eggs, and we also brought a homemade banana pudding trifle.

Thanks L.A. peeps for making the meet another fun one!

April 16, 2011

The Little Sailorette

Ahoy, mateys! Dru is modeling a set I've just completed, The Little Sailorette knitted hat and dress set, which will be a raffle prize at BlytheCon 2011!

I had a lot of fun knitting this set - the dress is of course the style I have been working on for the past few weeks, but the sailor collar took a lot of experimentation and hours of staying up late. I tried several different styles and finally ended up with this one. So glad to finally figure it out as part of the dress! It's just not a sailor dress without the signature collar.

And of course, the hat was somewhat of a headache because I worked without a pattern and it took a while to figure out the exact gauge and number of stitches needed. This was actually attempt No. 2. My first attempt was an actual sailor-style hat, which turned out way too big and the style just wasn't quite right. After much research, I decided on a more versatile hat style but with nautical colors, and I am really happy with how it turned out!

The yarn used is Spud and Chloe Fine (80% wool + 20% silk), one of my favorite yarns to use for Blythe knitting. I used the color "Snorkel," and knitted it up with size 1 needles. Needless to say, the hat took FOREVER! I always forget how big Blythe's head is compared to the rest of her. LOL!

Here's another photo of Dru who worked really hard to make the dress look cute ^_^

I am really proud of this little set and I can't wait to see who will get to take it home at BlytheCon 2011!

April 6, 2011

Outfit Set for Japan

Dear Friends,

xoxo, Blythe is proud to present a hand-knitted outfit set: Red and White. This retro-inspired outfit set is one-of-a-kind, hand-knitted by me to fit Takara/Kenner/Licca-bodied Blythe dolls.

Both bonnet & dress are hand-knitted by me, with size 1 needles in a pale cream-colored 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. Delicate lace pattern repeats throughout. The dress is decorated with a red velvet ribbon and a red vintage floral button. Snap closure.

100% of the auction ending amount will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit Japan. Japan is near and dear to my heart, and when I found out my work is doing a 2-for-1 match, I want to raise as much money as I can to help.

April 2, 2011

Fascinating Fascinators... and BlytheCon!

I am so happy to share this with you guys - I am going to be a vendor at BlytheCon 2011 this June! I will have knitted babydoll tops, dresses, and these really sweet and (of course) vintage-inspired fascinators/hairbands! Made with classy velvet ribbon, craft leaves, and a vintage button from my personal collection, each hairband is lovingly hand-sewn by me, and each is one-of-a-kind. I love these so much and I hope you (and your Blythe girls) will too!

I will be offering these exclusively at BlytheCon, and if I have any left, they will go into the Etsy shop. I am so excited about going to BlytheCon and can't wait to meet everyone!

March 17, 2011

Tiny Knitting

After knitting for friends and babies for months and months, I'm slowly getting back into knitting dolly-scale again. Recently, I experimented knitting babydoll dresses using stitch patterns from this Leisure Arts Book. The yarn is a really pretty vintage wool in a variegated pink and I'm using size 1 needles. So tiny yet so satisfying! Dru is modeling a mock cable stitch that reminds me of strawberry-flavored Cheerios ^__^

I'm hoping to get a few dresses made in different colors to add to my Etsy shop.

February 20, 2011

Blythe Meet - Lost in Space!

Click to see photos in my Flickr

Cassady, Paige and I attended a fun Blythe Meet today - our first of the year! It was quite a large turnout as we had nearly 30 people in attendance. I think it's the biggest turnout in all my years of going to Blythe meets! The theme was "Space," and so many girls dressed up for the occasion. We had lunch at Curry House, walked across to Q-Pop, took photos in front of the space shuttle sculpture, and hung out in front of Starbucks. Of course, being in the middle of Little Tokyo, a lot of passers-by were curious at seeing a bunch of crazy dolly people taking pictures of our dolls, and they stopped to take pictures as well.

I realized that since I got into Blythe in 2003 and started going to meets, this was my *26th* meet. Crazy! I counted every one I've been to (including mini-meets in people's homes, etc). I never realized I went to so many! I still really enjoy going to Blythe meets. After a meet, I get really inspired to craft - especially after seeing other people's amazing customs and sewing/knitting/crocheting, and of course, it ignites all sorts of dolly lust. Last time I was in love with Tart & Tea, and now I really want a Matryoshka Maiden.

Cassady, Paige, Una and I had a wonderful time hanging out with everyone at the meet - hope we'll get to do it again soon!