knitnana: Visiting the Past

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Visiting the Past

I've been digging in boxes this afternoon, looking for certain parts of my past. I suddenly came upon my favorite fashion doll, Tressy (pardon the messy hair, I loved her hard) :)

With her were the doll clothes my mother lovingly knit (and a lot that she sewed, but I'll save those for another day). She wasn't an accomplished knitter and preferred to crochet. But she was good enough to do these!

But she used materials she could afford (mostly acrylics, but there used to be a knitted wool baby sweater that was in process...the wool was moth eaten so it went out (quickly). (Can you blame me?)

It's lovely to be able to share these with you. I'd completely forgotten them, but the second I saw them, I did remember...I missed seeing the blue cloche hat until after I'd taken the photos, but that white hat, dress, and coat went together and the blue cape and skirt had the matching fashion cloche (so I'll let you use your imagination on that one!), and I believe the blue hoodie went with the sewn "blue jeans" she made!

Why these hadn't made it into the heirloom box with the crocheted Seventeen Magazine "Indian" vest I shared with you last Thanksgiving, I'll never know, but that's where they're going after I give them a soak and let them air dry.


Blogger Bonnie said...

Tressy! I remember Tressy! Those are wonderful outfits - a beautiful expression of love. What a wonderful afternoon you had, finding this treasure.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

I still have my Peggy Jo (one of the names my parents considered for me, remembered in my doll's name) - the last dress I made for her was Xmas 1960 - an Elizabethian dress in black wool, red satin & cream lace. Peggy Jo showed up under the Xmas tree every year from the time I was 4 until I was 18.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, how wonderful! What a great find - and what a loving mom. Those are just great :)

12:26 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

I love it! Knitting doll clothes for my fashion dolls (Tammie and Barbie) produced my first 'real' knitting projects, and now that I look back on it, they weren't easy! Tiny needles and lots of shaping, but they made me a fearless knitter at a young age.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

What wonderful memories. And now as a knitter you get to appreciate them from a different angle, all over again.

12:58 PM  

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