...Benny and I found this pod.
We carefully opened it up and there inside, nestled snug and deep was a tiny baby.
This doll was a very special project for a dear friend of mine. We have been talking about it for a few months now and I have loved working on it this month.
The baby is curled up inside a knitted and felted pod. There is actually a pretty funny story behind the pod:
I had the general shape and feel of what the pod should look like in my head, but didn't really know how to make it. I decided to knit a base out of dark brown, handspun Jacob's yarn from here. I then picked up stitches all the way around the base and knitted in the round using strands of earthy coloured vintage Irish yarn from my stash. Round and round I went, it was so grounding and beautiful to knit.
Now to the funny part. I wanted to felt the pod as a whole in the washing machine then cut the door hatch into it. I'm pretty rubbish at felting (apart from things I don't want to felt) I knew I needed something to bash it around inside the machine to help it felt. My first thought was pebbles, but then thought it probably wouldn't be so sensible to put stones into my washing machine. So then I thought potatoes! And that's what I did, I popped a couple of hard, clean, raw potatoes into the pod before knitting it closed and put it in the machine. It wasn't until I had switched on the hot wash that I thought about what I had done...what if the potatoes cooked...worse still what if they mashed all over the knitting? So with baited breath I waited for the wash to finish. Phew, although the potatoes had cooked they hadn't burst their skins. It did make me giggle though. Me and my bright ideas!
The pod didn't stand the way I wanted it to unsupported so I knitted a second 'skin' and sewed it into place stuffing it with some sheep's wool. Oh my, how warm that wee pod baby is in there snuggled up!
For extra warmth the pod baby is curled up inside a little leafy sleeping bag. This is knitted from the most beautiful handspun yarn, also from Melissa's shop. I have to say I haven't knitted with handspun much but I just love it, so organic and interesting. The colours are so beautiful too. Melissa's yarn is so lovely and the last I knew she was offering a discount on the yarn she has in her shop. She also does small quantities, completely perfect for dolls clothes, and she takes custom orders!
It was a special project and I felt that it has helped keep me grounded and rooted to the earth and nature at a time when I have needed it most.
I have some lovely projects coming up in the next months including a Scottish doll, 2 flower fairies and a family :-)
ETA: Melissa does still have a few yarns and if you use the coupon code 'flighty' you will get 20% off :-)