I mentioned in a recent blog post that I’ve been occupied with bunny making recently. I made 8, or is it 9 or 10 of the little cuties, as well as dresses and summer outfits; way more clothes than there were bunnies to wear them. So I decided I would make some little dolls, as I hadn’t crocheted any recently, to wear some of the extra clothes.
I made two and began working on a third. But try as I might I just could not get the hair right. You’ve heard of a “bad hair” day? Well, I had a bad hair day that lasted for over a week! Not my hair but rather the doll’s!
Talk about pulling your hair out! I gave doll number three a total of 4 different hair styles and each time I pulled it all out, every last strand! Do you have any idea how much time I spent on that endeavor? It was getting a little ridiculous. I’d lay her aside, work on something else for awhile, and go back and try, try again.
Three times I crocheted wig caps for the doll’s head. Once I added strands of yarn, one at a time, directly to her head until it was covered. But each time I was dissatisfied with the finished result! My daughters thought my attempts at dolly hair styling were humorous! I would show them the latest hairstyle and each time they would laugh. They just could not help themselves.
It’s not that I’ve never made hair for dolls before. I can think off hand of at least ten to twelve dolls that I’ve made, all of which turned out nicely, hair and all. And even the first two dolls I most recently made ended up with fairly nice hair.
But with doll number three it was just not happening.
Then, I had an idea! Why not give her some bunny ears and forget the hair altogether! The perfect solution to “bad hair!”
Even though she had feet and a little bit of a nose just like the dolls, she could still be a bunny, and who would be the wiser! Why, you might think that was the original intention!
She’s not perfect, that’s for sure. When I look very closely at her head I can see faint color stains, remnants of some of my failed hair attempts. And her ears aren’t placed exactly as I would have liked either, but that’s OK.
I just couldn’t bring myself to mess with her head yet again! Poor thing! I think she is relieved that I am letting well enough alone!
She’s not exactly like the other bunnies I made earlier. She’s a bit taller, her head is larger, her ears are shaped a bit differently, and like I said earlier she has feet like the dolls. No, she’s a one of a kind bunny! But I expect she may have “siblings” before long.
I do like her though, imperfections and all! And the thought has occurred to me that perhaps I should stick with bunny making and leave dolls with hair alone for awhile!