Spock Knit Doll

What a busy week!  Mom came to visit me here in Cape Cod, all the way up from Maryland, so I didn’t get much knitting done over the weekend.  Now that she’s headed home, I was able to finish one project that’s been on my table since the end of February…

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I was very sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy’s passing, not just because I’m a fan of star trek and sci-fi, but because he sounds like someone I would have liked to know.  I channeled that into my knitting, and surprised myself by how quickly he came together.

Here’s my rough sketch…

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Unfortunately, during construction I didn’t stop very often to take pictures.  The first ones I thought to take were his hands, because I knew right away I wanted to alter my traditional “mitten hand” to do a mitten version of Nimoy’s “Live Long and Prosper.”  Here are a couple of pictures of me making his left arm/hand, which is the non-LLAP hand…

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Fairly straight forward… I work in the round on the arm until I come to the hand, and then separate 6 stitches out onto a stitch holder for the thumb.  You get something like this…

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At this point I hadn’t chain stitched the bronze pattern onto the bottom of the sleeve yet.  On the show, Leonard’s sleeves looked like this, with wavy lines, but after some experimenting, I decided I liked the minimalist look of just one straight line of bronze chain stitches.  You’ll see them later.

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For the LLAP hand, I made it pretty much the same way, but then for the fingers portion of the hand, I split it again into two sections, and ended up with a monstrosity on 5 needles… Yikes!

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Almost ready for LLAP-ing!

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The ears were a bit of a challenge, I eventually decided that I wanted to make them in the round, and it took some trial and error to get them shaped the way I wanted.  There’s a good close up shot at the end of this blog entry of what they look like from the side.

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Chain stitched where the blue changes to skin tone…  Starting to look like what I want 🙂

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All of the guys in Star Trek have their little insignia on their shirts, here’s a good shot of them…

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At first I tried embroidering the insignia on with a duplicate stitch, but it came out heavy and unwieldly looking, and it didn’t quite have the shape I wanted.  In the end, I finally just cut it out of felt (printed it out on paper at the size I wanted, so I had a pattern to cut from).  I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to include the little star on the inside, but I eventually decided to go with the minimalist approach again.  I like how clean it is.

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Here he is again, all completed!

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I wanted to pose him for the photo with his hand holding up the LLAP gesture, so I stuck a needle through his arm to keep it raised temporarily.  Without the needle, it lays flat like his other arm.

Here’s a few more shots, including the ear (sorry it’s a bit washed out… I only ever really knit the evenings, and I’m too impatient to wait until daylight to get a better photo, so I end up with these weird ethereally lit pictures…!)

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In this one you can see how I popped a needle through his arm to prop it for the photo…

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Oh, and here’s a banana for scale.

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And apparently Spock likes knitting too!

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Thanks for all the years of fun, entertainment, and adventure, Mr. Nimoy!

Finished another 11th Doctor color variant today!

UPDATE:  Exciting news, first Etsy listing is up at this link!

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ORIGINAL POST:

Not much to report today in the way of news, but I did finally finish a second color variant for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) from Doctor Who.  Throughout Smith’s run he wore probably 5 different iconic outfits, the first being the pink shirt with the red bow tie in his premiere episode. Exhibit A:

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This alternated with a similar blue bow tie, blue shirt version throughout series 5.  I think the blue first appeared in Victory of the Daleks, but also came back for Vampires of Venice and the Leadworth portion of Amy’s Choice.  Here’s Matt wearing it, and walking like a drunk giraffe:

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Strangely, while the red bow tie became THE symbol for the 11th Doctor amongst fans, the toy companies seem to have latched on to the blue outfit for a lot of their products, like the Character Building micro figures…

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(Just a side note, I’m handling my addiction to these stupid things in much the same way that Kurt Cobain handled the smack… PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME! 😛 )

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Sorry I didn’t stop to take construction photos as I knit this one (if you want to see that, check out my 11th Doctor in pink/red because it’s exactly the same, just with different yarn).  Here is the completed product:

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And a link to the Ravelry page is here!

As I said before, the blue and red shirts with the tweed are two out of five iconic costumes the 11th Doctor wore during his run.  The third is the series 6 premiere white shirt with red bow tie, which I quite like because it’s a bit more mature of a look than the colored shirts.  I actually did knit this one for a friend’s Christmas present, but I was still in my hair experimental phase so it came out a bit flatter than I would have liked 😐

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The fourth is the “Let’s Kill Hitler” green coat, which I hope to someday make, because it looks great, especially with a Stetson:

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There’s also a micro figure for this one… just sayin’….

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The last costume from Matt’s time on the show is my personal favorite, the purple “post-Ponds” coat that appeared in Bells of Saint John, was featured in Day of the Doctor, and basically stuck around until the bow tie hit the floor.

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And yes, Character Building did this one too!  But in a move that I think is frankly an odd oversight, they seem to have forgotten his bow tie?

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Now that I think about it, I think a major reason I really enjoy collecting these figures and knitting these dolls is because I love costumes/wardrobe design so much… Doctor Who in particular has some great designs and colors, they deserve a BAFTA, in my opinion.  Anyway, I do have immediate-ish plans to knit The Doctor this outfit, meaning that I have all of the yarn bought and it’s sitting on my project table ready to go.  As always, will post when the project actually gets off the ground!  😛

Sherlock Knit Doll

Hey guys!  Today I’m posting about the Sherlock doll that I put together as a Christmas gift for my friend Sabrina.  He goes with the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) that I made her for her birthday… All she needs now is a knit Tom Hiddleston, and her sexy British male triumvirate will be complete!!!  Muaha!!

This was my first non Doctor Who doll, and the first time I needed to do curly hair.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of the curl techniques from knitting, so I actually ended up learning how to crochet just to get the look I wanted.  Here’s the finished product!

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And here is the Ravelry link if you want to know the materials.

So I will just confess right now, I’m not that familiar with the show.  I do like Benemadingdong Cumberbatch though, and from what I’ve seen of the show, I really enjoy his portrayal of everyone’s favorite consulting detective.  When I was doing color selection for the project, I wasn’t really sure what to make under his signature grey coat, until I discovered this awesome figure from big chief studios that basically did the color choosing for me:

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That man can wear the hell out of a purple shirt.  I’ve since learned that fans have developed their own moniker for this mysterious article of clothing that apparently only appears in one or two episodes:  “The Purple Shirt of Sex.”  The name caught on among Cumberbatch fans, and fanned by the flames of the internet, it became a “thing” worthy of a hashtag.

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This time around I actually photographed the act of sewing together the front and back halves of his body, with terrifying results!  He looks like a creepy blank-faced conjoined twin thing.  This is the method of doll making I learned from Lizzard Crafts’s Finn Doll, two knitted flat halves that get mattressed stitched together.

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I put a black suit jacket on him the same way I did the 10th Doctor’s blue suit jacket.  Once the plastic eyes were in and the smile was sewed on, I was able to start exploring hair options.  Using a combination of online tutorials and help from a friend in the office (THANKS MEGG!), I made a couple of test curls and laid them on his head.  I think he actually looked pretty cute and funny with a curl ‘Mohawk.’

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At this point I started making his scarf with a simple garter stitch.  I couldn’t decide on the light blue or dark blue scarf, but eventually went with the dark blue.  That 11th Doctor next to him was actually the second I made, intended for my friend Kim for Christmas.  I love that the green tip of the sonic is almost glowing in this picture, it’s because I strung some shiny floss in with the yarn 🙂

For Sherlock’s signature grey coat, I used a technique I’d never done before: blocking.  For non-knitters, blocking is when you soak your knit piece in water for a bit, then pin it into the shape you want, and let it dry.  This combats the problem of curling, which happens a lot in that stockinette stitch I use for everything.  Here’s a picture of my coat pieces blocking.

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I was really glad I did it, because if I didn’t, it would have curled so badly it wouldn’t have looked like a coat at all.  I finished the scarf and sewed together the coat.  Also added some buttons for interest and to actually make it look like outerwear.  He’s looking like himself, all he needs is a head of curly locks!

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So at this point I made a ton of those little brown corkscrews in varying lengths and degrees of curliness, and began placing them on the head/securing them with T-pins.  (Just a little side commercial, I LOVE T-PINS for knitting!!!)  During this process it felt less like knitting and more like sculpting a statue.  I took his outer coat off while I was doing this so it wouldn’t get in the way.

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One of the things I really aim to do with my dolls is to make the hair so that it’s zero maintenance for whoever gets to keep him.  That means that I not only sewed the hair in at the roots, but I also sewed in the tips, and took a few stitches at varying degrees along the lengths of the curls to keep them in perfect place.  Now he can be thrown around, punched in the head, snuggled with and rolled over on, and his hair will still be the same as the day I made him.  Here it is all sewn down!  He’s all finished!

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Since Steven Moffat is the showrunner for both Doctor Who and Sherlock, I couldn’t resist getting a photo of Sherlock and the Doctor together.  It’s Moffat’s boys!

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At last the time came to deliver all three of the dolls on my project table to their respective owners.  I couldn’t bear to just toss them in the back seat, so I buckled them up together in the front.  If any of you watch Adventure Time, you’ll recognize Finn.  That pattern is entirely available online for free, I mentioned the Lizzard Crafts blog earlier… but here’s the link again for anyone out there who is lazy like me.

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I guess I got a little overexcited with the hair for sherlock, because this is my box of leftovers! O.o

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Oh well, I’m sure I’ll use it on a future project.  Another Sherlock, or maybe even a 4th Doctor?

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The possibilities are endless!!  Well, almost.  In closing, here’s a sneaky selfie I grabbed at Sabrina’s house!

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10th Doctor Knit Doll

I made the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) from Doctor Who for my friend Reuben, Christmas 2014.  I followed a very similar construction method to the 11th Doctor – If you haven’t seen that post yet, check it out here!  Here’s the completed pic!

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For materials, check out the Ravelry Page here!

This is actually the second color variant of the costume, the first is brown…  I’m planning to knit it sometime soon.  His converse sneakers are the classic tan ones with that outfit, as opposed to the red…

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This doctor posed a new challenge, because he wears a suit under his outer coat.  Thus, I decided to knit the body with the undershirt (in white), and then put two layers over it… first the rest of the blue suit, then the brown over coat.  Here he is during construction, NO HEAD YET AHHHH CREEPY!

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Here he is now with the head knitted and sewn together… you can see I like to chain stitch around the color changes to give it dimension.  Here’s a good chain stitch tutorial, I taught myself from online tutorials like this one.  Please excuse my messy room, and yes, I listen to Doctor Who episodes on my laptop while I knit!  Also, keen eyed readers might spot a bit of Finn the Human in the middle distance, barely visible on my project table.  🙂

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Eyes popped in (plastic craft eyes from Jo-Ann, I love them!), and closing up the top of the head.  Ever wonder what a time lord brain looks like?  Well, it’s made of white fluff.

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Sorry to take a quantum leap ahead in construction, but back at the time I made this I was bad about taking progress photos… Was just so excited, wanted to keep moving!  The tie took some experimenting, but I eventually figured it out.  When I do a bowtie tutorial, maybe I’ll post on that too.  Here he is hanging out with the 11th doctor, with his blue suit completed!  Well, except for the arms… poor guy.

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His arms were knit in the round in blue and popped through the jacket body arm holes, which was basically just a vest.  I sewed them down to secure them.

Hair was actually done pretty much the same way as the 11th Doctor, following a method like the tutorial here, just adapted because I don’t know how to crochet.  I actually remembered to stop and take a few photos of me chain stitching his wig cap on this time!

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Buuuut… then I forgot to take any of me actually embroidering the hair on 😐  Sorry about that.

Here he is with everything done but the trenchcoat, hanging out with the 11th Doctor and Finn the (armless) Human!  Sorry for potato quality!  Note, for the 10th Doctor to actually look like the 10th Doctor, I had to add sideburns.  They’re just chain stitched on 🙂

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Evidence?  DAVIDS SIDEBURNS ARE MAJESTIC.

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If only I could get the hair to stand up like that… Not going to happen if I want the hair to stay in place without having to constantly restyle it.

Anyway, I added a trenchcoat, which is basically the same as the 11th Doctor’s coat, just elongated, and the finished product.  VOILA!

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So snuggly and cuddleable!  Here we are together!

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Reuben also sent me this, since he has a TARDIS shelf… not so big on the inside, huh buddy?

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Will be back soon, with a new little buddy… whose name rhymes with Schmerlock Molmes :-O

11th Doctor Knit Doll

This was the first knit doll I did, and it was a gift for my friend Sabrina.  I made the doll before I had this blog up, so here is the finished product:

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To see the materials used, check it out on Ravelry.

This is the first outfit the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) wore in the series 5 premiere of Doctor Who… or at least, the first outfit that he actually picked out and wore.  I keep thinking about knitting a raggedy doctor, but it’s low right now on a long list of priorities… anyway, here are some shots of the original outfit as seen on the show:

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And here are some of the construction photos… like the Lizzard Crafts Finn Pattern, it was done in two flat halves, but I don’t have any pictures of sewing him together because it was my first time trying something like this, and I was concentrating SO. HARD.  Started at the feet, and worked my way up.  I like doing arms/hands in the round on double pointed knitting needles (from the armpit down), finishing up with a hand that’s pretty much like a miniature mitten.  Here’s a picture of his arms and legs… (“Legs, I’ve still got legs… and fingers, ooo, lots of fingers!”)

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Here he is with his body finally sewn together, but the arms weren’t on yet.  he’s starting to look pretty cute!  I will eventually put up a bowtie tutorial, you wouldn’t believe how easy it is.

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Eyes are the little plastic pop in kind you can buy from Jo-Ann.  Here’s a pic to show you how they work, you pop them in the front and then slide the little plastic backing in from the wrong side of the work.  Once I discovered these, I became utterly addicted.  They’re so easy to install, and I think they add a realism and cuteness (sparkle in the eye) that other eye methods just don’t do.  They’re available in colors too, but to be honest, I think they look a little creepy… I’ve seen people use them on their dolls before, and I think they kind of come out looking a bit reptilian.  😐

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Arms get sewn on, he’s looking human Time Lord!  Juuuust… bald.

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We all know Matt Smith can rock the bald look…

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Buuuut…. he needs hair with this outfit.

I’m sorry I don’t have a good tutorial or images for his hair, but I promise later on I will show you guys how I do knit hair on my dolls.  Boy hair was such a challenge… girl hair you just root in and style or braid, but boys… if you don’t root it in at both ends it turns into a hot mess.  I found a solution on pinterest, but it was a crochet pattern, and I don’t crochet… so I basically adapted that by chain stitching the wig cap on, and embroidering the hair on top of it.  I’ve done 3 of these pink-shirt-red-bowtie 11th Doctors now for various people, and I’m actually currently working on one, so when I do the hair I’ll take lots of photos and I’ll get a tutorial up.  It’s done similarly to this, but nowhere near as neat and professional looking…

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Tweed jacket time!  I had fun designing the pieces (two pieces in front, one in back) with excel… in fact, most of my “patterns” (I use that term so loosely because it’s not really a pattern at all) are designed with excel.  At some point maybe I’ll take a screen shot and show you what they look like.  Again, I forgot to take pictures of the jacket pieces before I sewed them together in this vest like thing…

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Looking pretty dapper there, sir!  At this point I did some jacket sleeves in the round with double pointed needles, and sewed them on to get the completed product, which I’ll repost the image from above in case you don’t want to scroll up…

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The sonic screwdriver got added later, I’ll do a tutorial at some point for that too.  But here’s a close up.

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Will post for the 10th doctor soon!  🙂 🙂 🙂