|Set of Finger Puppets|
What do you think?
I have to say, this was a big project for me, and I am proud of it. I invented all of these designs from the first stitch to the last embroidered eye, and it was so thrilling to be able to successfully build a little knit fantasy world, even if it isn’t -yet- as intricate as Mochimochi land. The characters aren’t all from one story, but I remember how I liked mixing and matching my dolls as a kid and that’s the charm of these puppets. In real-world logic, Patch-Eye Pirate would never interact with Little Red Riding Hood (who after all lives in the woods, far away from the ocean), and Green Frog would not be the same size as Friendly Lion, but all that is okay in knit-doll Logic.
My personal favorite is the Scarlet Macaw, probably because I’m partial to the animal he represents in the real world.
As an Etsy seller, although it’s less fun for me, I know that the photographs are nearly as important as the knit objects themselves. Thus I spent a long time on the photo shoot of these guys. After trying out various failed ideas, I found this set of colored blocks from a game called “Katamino” that my teacher-boyfriend had among his school supplies, and knew they were perfect. My favorite of the over 300 photos I took (yes! over 300) is this one of Alice in Wonderland:
|Alice in Wonderland|
Isn’t she just too cute, swinging her white-tights legs on her tipped-block seat?
Okay, for those of you who are knitters and are interested in coming up with some of your own finger dolls, I’ll walk you super quickly through my process:
I knit the bodies of my dolls on four Double Pointed Needles.
Some, like Green Frog, have the shape of roughly a bowling pin. Others, like Snow White, have more of a relaxed hourglass shape:
Legs and arms are all based on the I-cord.
Finally I put everything together using embroidery thread of a color that will blend in, and added the facial features likewise with embroidery thread.
There will be lots of yarn ends and bits hanging down. Pull each of them into the inside hollow of the finger doll with a crochet hook, make sure you tie them in a knot to something -either the back of a stitch or another yarn end, and then cut them short so they don’t hang down.
That’s it! Be creative!