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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Martha



Let me introduce you to Martha. This wee one stands around 13.5" tall (without her hat) 
She is made completely by hand using all natural materials, 
cotton, sheepwool, Teeswater locks, 

She wears a strappy sun dress with a cheerful Rowan print, A Luletti Gnomesh handknit hat, in pink Mohair, a little handknit cape in Rowan Kidclassic, 
She also wears a pair of wee Alpaca boots.













  

















All my doll heads start with needle felting and I use various sculpting techniques for shaping the faces. Martha has some additional detail to my 'classic' dolls, with the addition of a subtle little chin. 

Her skin is 'pale' swiss tricot and her eyes are steel blue / grey. She has a light sprinkling of freckles. 
Her hair is made using Teeswater locks which I have wefted and crocheted into a cap. They are clean natural undyed locks and so there is some variation of colour.
She has some light sculpting on her body, a tummy button, bottom and dimples on her elbows and knees. She can sit easily and unaided.

Martha is looking for her new home tonight. 
If you would like the opportunity to purchase Martha, please leave a comment with your full name and paypal details. (If you click below where it says no comments you should be taken to a page where you can comment)
I will draw a name tomorrow at 11am UK time. (Sunday 19th July)
The comments are set to private so don't worry that you don't see your comment published, I will be able to see.
Her price is £300 + £20 international shipping. If you live in the UK or EU shipping will be slightly less. 

*****In the interest of fairness to everyone, I would like to heartfeltly ask that you only enter for yourself and only once. 
Pretty please Don't Angel (ie put your name in on behalf of someone else). 
I really appreciate you honouring this request ♡♥ *****


PLEASE NOTE

Payment by Paypal is due in full within 8 hours of the invoice being sent. 

Luletti dolls are adult collectables and are not intended for small children due to long fibres and small parts on the clothing.

I will only ship to the address given on the Paypal account that payment has been made by.

I only ship dolls to countries where it is possible to use an insured delivery service. This is available in the UK, the EU, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. If you live anywhere else please check with me before purchasing otherwise your order will be cancelled.





Sunday, 15 February 2015

POLA ~ a Luletti scarf pattern




I must confess that from the first time I came across this lace pattern I was rather taken.
It was some 12 years ago when I was meandering around New Zealand during a year of travel. In a small knitting shop (I can’t recall where) I came across a range of huge impressive multi shaded shawls all with a pretty pattern throughout. The shopkeeper told me the pattern this was fan and feather and I made a note.

It’s always been a bit of a questionable love as  I do find it can be a bit fussy . . it's not hard for old acrylic tea cosies and doilies to come to mind ;) . .  but its so nice to knit, so  satisfyingly symmetrical and then that lovely scalloped edge ;)

I wanted to offer the pattern for this little scarf for those who might like to find the fan and feather love for yourself. It's a perfect cosy fit for Luletti Rosehips and other similar sized dolls.



Although it might look intimidating (if your not a confidant knitter), I promise it’s not . . it’s actually very easy when you get the hang of it and i've made some videos of different stages and will add them as soon as I have an internet connection that doesn't crash every time I try to upload. 





POLA scarf~ a dolly knitting pattern by Luletti

What you will need,
4ply yarn (I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto lace knitting 2 strands together)  
3.5mm knitting needles, a single smaller needle 2.5 or 2.75) 2 stitch markers (my favourites are these pretty little treasures from Fripperies and Bibelots) and a wool needle for sewing in the ends.

abbreviations
k=knit, p=purl, psm=place stitch marker, kf&b, ssm=slip stitch marker

NOTE you will increase one stitch by knitting into the front and back of the second last stitch of every row(kf&b)

For a variation you can knit all stitches on rows 6, 10, 14 and 18 which will give a different texture.


Here is a video of how to do stitching for the pattern on rows 6, 11, 15 and 19.







Cast on 92 stitches.

NOTE you will increase one stitch by knitting into the front and back of the second last stitch of every row(kf&b)

For a variation you can knit all stitches on rows 6, 10, 14 and 18 which will give a different texture. 


1) k4, psm, k84, psm, k2, kf&b, k1 (93sts)
2) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (94sts)
3) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (95)
4) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (96) 
5) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (97)
6) k7, ssm, p84, ssm, k4, kf&b, k1 (98)*
7) k7, ssm, *k2tog x 2, yfwd k1 x4, k2tog x2* (repeat from * to * x 6), ssm, k5, kf&b, k1 (99sts)
8) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (100sts)
9) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (101sts)
10) k9, ssm, p84, ssm, k6, kf&b, k1 (102sts)*
11) k9, ssm, *k2tog x 2, yfwd k1 x4, k2tog x2* (repeat from * to * x 6) ssm, k7, kf&b, k1 (103sts)
12) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (104sts)
13) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (105sts)
14) k11, ssm, p84, ssm, k8, kf&b, k1 (106sts)*
15) k11, ssm, *k2tog x 2, yfwd k1 x4, k2tog x2* (repeat from * to * x 6), ssm, k9, kf&b, k1 (107sts)
16) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (108sts)
17) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (109sts)
18) k13, ssm, p84, ssm, k10, kf&b, k1 (110sts)
19) k13, ssm, *k2tog x 2, yfwd k1 x4, k2tog x2* (repeat from * to * x 6), ssm, k11, kf&b, k1 (111sts)
20) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (112sts)
21) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (113sts)
22) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (114 sts)
23) k to second last stitch, kf&b, k1 (115sts)
24) Using a smaller needle to knit on to, (I use a 2.5 or 2.75mm) cast of with the extra stretch cast off ~here's a little tutorial I've made for those not familiar with this technique.



 I find using a slightly smaller needle size to knit onto helps minimise the fluting that can be a problem with this cast off.


Please do feel free to share pictures of your scarves on the luletti facebook page or in the comments here. I always love to see and if your not a follower already do remember to follow my blog for more patterns and dolly loveliness :)

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