Its nearly SPRING! Yes I know a bit premature but today its 40 degrees in February in the Northern Adirondacks and feels like Spring temperatures. Usually in Spring I start to evaluate the past year's business and set goals for the Spring/Summer season. This season I decided I wanted to focus on lace work (I love making lace shawls and little lacy baby clothes) I also thought I might try my hand at knitting and crocheting baby doll clothes. This is where Creative Crochet Workshop comes in to "play". (sorry, couldn't resist) Joanita creates ADORABLE baby doll clothes!
There are some sweet baby dolls out for sale these days. Because my daughter Tamra (of https://www.facebook.com/dollclotheslaterose/?fref=ts Laterose Doll Clothes and Doll Repair) carefully researches the dolls on the market for her business, I get the opportunity to see the little dolls out for sale. Oh my goodness SO cute! Just the other I saw the http://www.jctoys.com/default.asp baby dolls. ADORABLE! We still have my daughter's first baby dolls, both of which were Cabbage Patch dolls. When my kids were younger I used to make toys and doll clothes. I got away from it because my business took me in a different direction. Now that Tamra and I are working together I've decided to try my hand at making doll clothes again. When I did a cursory search for doll clothes patterns Creative Crochet Workshop's Jessica's Closet popped up on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/creative-crochet-workshopI LOVED every single doll design. Naturally of course I couldn't stop at the doll clothes LOL.
Joanita Theron is a mom to a little girl named Crissy and a prolific designer of all things adorable, fun, and functional. Of course I'm especially interested in her doll clothes designs just now but as I looked around her blog http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/ I was taken in by a range of different designs! Her blog itself is well written and presented. Her story is not unlike my own, and many other crocheters. However, this quote really touched me because I too am a perfectionist and very hard on myself. "No matter how hard you try, your crochet will never look like someone else's....and I love that! You can crochet from the same pattern a thousand times, they will all be unique. It's the human element that makes a crocheted gift special. That is why I crochet and design crochet patterns!" Joanita Theron When designers share just a little of themselves it makes everything about their designs more personal. I love that! :)
What kind of designs did I find on Joanita Theron's blog? Everything from toys to scarves, doll clothes to ponchos. Nearly every design made me smile! Does it get any better than that? One of my favorite "freebies" on Creative Crochet Workshop is from the "My Workshop Pattern" collection. Its a "Hello Kitty" themed mini blanket. http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/2014/09/hello-kitty-mini-blanket.html Its just a cute little blanket to tuck in a diaper bag or for a little one to carry around. You'll find that Joanita Theron has her blog divided up into various collections to make finding a pattern so much easier. Another in the "My Workshop Pattern" collection is the beautiful Chunky Butterfly scarf. Its a lacy open work pattern that would look great with a jacket or over a sweater. http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/2016/02/chunky-butterfly-scarf.html It goes right along with my goal to work more lace into my life :) Happy seems to be a theme in Joanita Theorn's designs and her toy bundles are sure to make any little child happy. Jungle animals, Flower Tea Set and Cakes, Build and Bake, Flower Garden bundle set, I could go on but you get the idea. To see these sets click this link: http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/p/pattern-bundles.html My favorite of Joanita's bundles is a set that I think would be perfect for baby boys (something you don't find often) the Babytime 001 bundle. It includes the Dinosaur baby blanket and the Little sailor set. I love that Joanita Theron's designs are so filled with joy. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/babytime-volume-001
There are so many reasons to love Creative Crochet Workshop. As I said the main reason that I visited Joanita's blog was to see her collection of baby doll clothes. Now, I might be biting off more than I can chew. I'm certainly not accustomed to crocheting or knitting doll clothes but I really couldn't resist :) The designs at Creative Crochet Workshop, in the Jessica's Closet collection are just so cute its hard not to want to buy every single pattern today. Originally designed for the "Baby Born" doll the clothes are designed to fit a 17" baby doll. the designs are pictured at the link to follow and of course I will be trying these cute sets. http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/search/label/43%20cm%20%2817%20inch%29%20doll I often wish I had these sorts of patterns available when my daughter was little however, If you spot something you can't live without and would like one for your own daughter, feel free to contact me!
I want to thank Joanita Theron for being such a joy to read and an encouragement to those of us who are also perfectionists :) In that vein Joanita Theron says “Crochet is an art and crocheters it’s artists. Each crafted item is unique and own to its crafter” Its true. I want to encourage you, even if you don't crochet, to look at Creative Crochet Workshop blog and also visit her many social networking sites. A bit of whimsy that will make your heart smile! Of course I am partial to facebook and Pinterest. You can find Creative Crochet Workshop at: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeGraphicsWorkshop/ and https://www.pinterest.com/ccwjoanita/
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