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Ani DollFranco (aka Best Friend Doll)

Pattern: Best Friend Dolls from Interweave Knits, Summer '02 with pattern corrections
Yarn: Various - Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, Peruvian Collection Pure Alpaca, School Products Cashmere, Lamb's Pride Worsted
Needles: US 5 DPNs
Recipient: Unknown (Public Interest Auction?)

Notes: Ani: she's cute and badass at the same time. As I mentioned in a previous post, Ms. DollFranco is so named because of her unintentional yet striking resemblance to Ani DiFranco, circa Dilate. I'm still looking for a little guitar for her and thinking of embroidering some tats or a Righteous Babe logo on her sweater! I'll post any of those updates later. Still trying to decide what I'll do with her - either put her up for the NYU Law Public Interest Auction later this week or send her to my five-year old niece, Lorin. Anyhoo, the pattern was pretty fun - I imagine it would be a good project for anyone just starting to learn how to use DPNs for smaller work.

Note that in these photos I have, in a slackerly manner, not taken care of her loose ends. Sorry!

Here's a stand-up shot:

I CANNOT believe I actually bought yarn for this project. So little was used! I definitely could have gotten by on scraps, and indeed, her hair and sweater are made of scrap yarn. Still, the Highland Wool was pleasant to work with. I can't say the same for the Pure Alpaca, though - I would NOT recommend this yarn to anyone who's annoyed by splitting.

My one beef with the pattern: check all these ends to be woven in!

Of course this is to be anticipated for such a small project with so many parts. There are just as many ends to be woven in her sweater as in a full-sized sweater. I should really learn to love weaving, but I don't.

This pattern can really produce some uber-cute dolls, much cuter actually than those pictured in the magazine! Thank you, James, for the lead!

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Posted by jess at February 22, 2005 10:32 AM
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Oh my, she is adorable as all get-out!

(ick on all the weaving in though).

Posted by: Giao at February 22, 2005 11:06 AM

Fabulous, fabulous job! That doll really is so darling. I especially love the stripes.

That pic of all the ends to weave in, though. . . Wow. That's going to give me nightmares for weeks to come. *shudder*

Posted by: Sandra at February 22, 2005 12:05 PM

She turned out great, Jess! I'd love to see pix of the embroidery, if you decide to do it... (I bet you could manage to do the tats on her body, even if you can't really do the arms...) :o)

Posted by: heidi at February 22, 2005 7:32 PM

Cute! Just plain cute! Only Ani Dollfranco could pull off those pants. Dang it, Jess, you are a knitting machine!

Posted by: la chica alta at February 22, 2005 10:24 PM

I love the doll AND her name!

Posted by: lori at February 23, 2005 4:30 AM

She's awesome :) I saw you're making the French basket bag too! I started a knitalong for it on a craft forum a couple of days ago and can't wait to get started on it (hopefully this weekend!). Good luck to you!

And when are you gonna post the boob-holder? Am dying to see it!

Posted by: kristiface at February 23, 2005 11:29 PM

Could I get a basic pattern for this doll? The issue she is from is all sold out, and I love her!

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