So, last time I told you about my new machine, well I picked it up on Thursday night and it’s now Monday and I still haven’t opened the box.  Life has distracted me a little lately, but not only life, I think I have added a new hobby  obsession to my repetoire.  At this point I don’t think it will mean that my stitching falls into a heap, but there will be an additional focus to it. 

I’ll start with something amusing.  My site name (Qspace duh?!) is because I am called Q and this is my space (not in any way related to myspace as I am pretty sure it didn’t exist when I initially registered this domain).  Recently, while shopping at Spotlight and (because I was carrying rolls of fabric and a reasonable good mood) rendered totally defenseless, I accepted a dress up photo-op suggested by the boy.  He grabbed a space helmet from the costume section, shoved it on my head and proceeded to take pics.  So here is the new “official” Qspace photo.

The Real Qspace (photo by Al)

The Real Qspace (photo by Al)

 I have been stitching but most of my more recent projects are lying half completed begging to please get done.  I still have a bag, purse, journal cover, scarf and little table top quilt to finish from A Day of Inspired Stitches. I did not get around to anything new on the Sheep Quilt and even though Blocks 4,5 and 9 in Vignette need considerably less piecing time (due to less cutting requirements), I haven’t even prepped them! I have added several new flower hexagon blocks, but no more than about 5. I’m behind on my block swap for August, but intend fixing that tonight, along with my swap for September.

The life distractions, were not pleasant ones, so we won’t dwell on them.

So my new obsession?  It’s dolls, pretty specific dolls actually, but I am sure that you will start to hear all about them as I delve deeper and deeper into the hobby over the coming months, so I won’t totally inundate you with it just now.  Someone I work with (who will remain un-named) mentioned her doll obsession and I started goggling about them and then ogling them to a point where I stopped checking blog updates and reading blogs because it was taking time away from being able to look at more pretty pictures.  The dolls themselves are divided into 2 mini-obsessions the first of them are called Pullips (a similar size to a Barbie Doll, with a bigger head [24cm circumference]), she is ball jointed and released in different versions throughout each year. The second are ball jointed dolls (asian or modern to be precise), the Pullip is kind of a cheaper cousin to these and so it will be a while before I can get my first one.  I have however, bought a Pullip, the “version” is called Neo Noir and she was released in 2009. She has cleared Australian customs and will be with me in a few days, so no doubt I will be posting photos when she arrives.

Pullip Neo Noir 2009

Pullip Neo Noir 2009

 I will go into more details about her, when I do the photo shoot.

So because of the new dolly thing  and the colleague who introduced me to it, I started sewing and knitting dolly sized things too.  Before I started, I was busy working on the bag from Natalie Ross‘s Spring Market pattern (the pattern has a bag, purse and sunglasses case, I already posted about the sunglass case), I ended up making a bit of a boo boo and cut the stitchery piece too small, and added bits to the side of the panel to compensate, I am sure it will be fine once the bag has been completed.  This pattern is great by the way, if you are looking for something small to make, go and check it out!

Bag Front Work in Progress from Pattern Spring Market by Natalie Ross

Bag Front Work in Progress from Pattern Spring Market by Natalie Ross (fabric Range is Central Park by Moda)

 Anyway, so knitting and sewing small things…. The first thing I attempted was a little dress for a yo-sd sized ball jointed dolly.  My work colleague has one and I was interested in making her a little dress.  I was given her measurements and found a free pattern for an American Girl 18inch Doll online (I am not really a fan of these dollies – sorry 🙁 ) but I adapted that pattern so that it would fit the 27cm yo-sd (nearly 11inches) and this is how it turned out.

Work in Progress on Yo-SD sized dolly dress

Work in Progress on Yo-SD sized dolly dressAnd here is it nearly finished - I also added 3 tiny heart buttons to the centre front of the bodice and 2 to the straps.Completed Yo-SD Sized Dolly Dress

 It fits Haru (the little dolly) perfectly and I was quite happy with it. (I did make a hand sewn mock up first for dolly to try on for size) but this is the machine stitched ‘neater’ version.

Completed Yo-SD Sized Dolly Dress

Completed Yo-SD Sized Dolly Dress

Then I tried teeny knitting over the last few days.  This is the second attempt at a little top (that will fit the Pullip doll).  The first was not a total disaster but this one is better.  I also tried a dress, but the first 2 tries were unsuccesful, so will try that again soon.  This was knitted on 2mm needles using crochet cotton.

Pullip Sized Knitted Top
Pullip Sized Knitted Top

The “holes” are raglan increases so deliberate but not quite as tiny as maybe they could be?

Good Night Stitchers Whereever you are!