And this is the one I'm most pleased with! Even my Mum said she thought it was the best thing I'd ever made!
So here she is -
My Topsy Turvy Princess, made for my own little Princess Iona, and she adores her! In fact, the two princesses go almost everywhere together - I even had to warn Iona not to drop her in the toilet the other day!
Isn't she gorgeous? (I mean the doll, not Iona.)
Of course, Iona had to customise her by adding a bobble and some hair clips!
As usual, she's partly someone else's pattern, partly off the top of my head. My inspiration includes Jullie Teo's wedding dolls and Carolyn Christmas's Topsy Turvy doll, but I think the original seed was planted a long time ago by Julie who make have knitted, or at least blogged about, a Jean Greenhowe doll (which I can't find now). I stored this little seed away at the back of my mind, and this year, I actually did something about it!
I really really love and admire the way Jullie Teo dresses her wedding dolls and wanted to try something similar. So, on this side of the doll, I've crocheted on some layers of lacy trim. On the other, I've crocheted the trim too.
I'm not entirely certain that the neck is strong enough, with all that hair, but that's my only (slightly) bad point - I really am delighted with her as she is.
I'd like to work on the pattern a bit more, elbow and time permitting, and then publish it.
Oh - and Iona now wants a Prince to go with her!