Harriet joined our family this weekend. A birthday gift to Elena from my grandmother, she hails from Latvia.
We bought her from Antonia’s Wonderland Inhabitant on Etsy. I adore Waldorf (Steiner) dolls and wish I had the time to try making them myself.
To be frank, dressed Waldorf dolls can be really expensive – a cost our family can’t justify for something which is going to be owned by a two year old. Antonia’s store is great because she sells naked dolls! It’s a nice compromise. We sent her a photo of Elena so she could fashion a likeness – I think the end result is pretty cute. She’s well made and satisfyingly squishy.
When the Harriet (so named because it was the first name in a long list which Elena agreed to) arrived I started working on an outfit for her. So far she’s got a little blue cardigan (a little Kina) and a tutu. I’ve a dress and another cardigan for her in the works. Dressing Harriet has been such fun.
Over the last few weeks I have been playing with hand-dyeing yarn. I crocheted one of my first skeins into this little blanket. It’s a simple granny square blanket, joined as I went with a cute border.
Fortuitously, my mother found an old wooden cradle at a garage sale a few months ago. She’s done it up beautifully, just for Harriet. I re-fashioned an old pillowcase into a mattress and a pillow. I think it has come together pretty well. It’s nice when something old can be re-purposed into something new.
I set Harriet up in her cradle while Alex and Elena were outside putting the bins out (all glamour, here). She waited patiently to be found by her new owner.