Matryoshka dolls, you know, those wonderful Russian nesting dolls that are beautifully painted. I just love them. My Mom collected a few and a very dear friend has the biggest collection of them I have every seen. She has all sizes and shapes and even a variety of Santa Matryoshka dolls. Well I was thinking I wanted to make her a set of unique, just for her, knitted and felted Matryoshka dolls.
I surfed the web and found a great pattern. I checked my stash and found I had plenty of feltable wool in a variety of colors. Imagine that, having enough yarn in 5 different colors in my stash. 🙂 And I had the right sized needles and they were not use on another project. It’s looking good for the project without ever leaving the house. Which is a very good thing because I live in the middle of nowhere and even Amazon Prime can’t get orders here instantaneously or sooner.
So I was off and running. They knit up really fast and easy and felted just as easy. Drying was interesting. I used small cans from the pantry and various sized spice jars to form all the tops and bottoms.
Yeah! Now they are all dry and it’s time decorate them! Fortunately I have boat loads of different colored wool roving. I had decided to needle felt the design. Most Matryoshka dolls are pretty or cute or absolutely beautiful. So how was I going to create these? I just didn’t know, so I put them on the table and just stared and stared at them hoping to be inspired. Well it finally came to me. There was no way I could make them cute or pretty and certainly not beautiful. But I could make them uniquely unique and totally me. So that is what I did. I must tell you when I FaceTimed by husband and daughter to show them the finished dolls, the first thing they asked me was if I had been drinking. I hadn’t but maybe I should have! Yikes. Anyway, I love them and my dear friend loves them.
I hope you like them too.
Happy Knitting and Weaving – Creative and Crazy Caroline