It's probably time for you to meet Miss Helen. She's been hanging out in my wool basket lately. Miss Helen is a soft sculpted doll from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from the catalog of about 1995. She stole my heart way back then. She has a sweet face, but it was probably the red hair that got me. Five of my children were born with red hair, and three of them remained red-headed.
You will want to know that I did not knit her sweater. It's part of my doll clothes collection in white, much of which happens to fit Miss Helen. I didn't name her either. She is modeled after the portrait of Miss Helen Sears done by the wonderful portrait artist John Singer Sargent.
(It was also a good excuse to show you the progress I've made on my knitted mohair scarf there on the left!)
We are missing Miss Helen's other shoe since the holidays. Holidays can be like that! It will turn up somewhere eventually. I try to keep an eye on Miss Helen and her things when the little girls come to visit. She is very popular, but has too many fragile accessories.
The real Miss Helen lived during the Victorian Age, and her collected handmade wardrobe, like this little cotton slip, reflects that. Don't you love that lovely feather stitch? (She came with only with one outfit which was also new.)
I also wanted to show you my most recent hand-knit sweater rescue. Isn't this cable knit gorgeous? I have no idea who Barbara Grant is, but I adore her beautiful work.
I also found this yummy white cotton yarn on a big spool at the craft store while I was looking for (and failing) to find bulky rug yarn in a natural fiber.
Thankfully, that's all the drama that is happening around here!
Hope your week is good!
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