since fern was born, we have been the recipient of a lot of love from a lot of guardian angels. one such angel extended her hand to us during two particularly dark moments in fern’s early life… once in the beginning when fern’s nursing latch was so incredibly bad that i almost gave up breastfeeding and again recently when it became obvious she wasn’t gaining enough weight and we began to have all kinds of fears. this dear woman made her expertise in lactation consultation available to us, anytime of the day or night, juggling three children in her generosity, and all without ever asking for recompense. most importantly, she brought peace of mind to this frazzled and worn new mama, and helped turn the world right side up again.
so recently when i found out that she wanted to give her 3 year old daughter a doll made in the waldorf style from all natural fibers (since her little girl is allergic to synthetic fabric), but couldn’t possibly afford the exorbitant cost of the ones you find on etsy.com, i saw a chance to return her kindness. while i had never made anything quite like what she wanted, i was excited at the chance to try my hand.
i borrowed two books from my friend america on making waldorf dolls and then came up with (through trial and error, i must admit) my own pattern.
i was going to document the whole process, but after i had to almost start over, i stopped taking pictures until the finished product.
while i was hand sewing her feet, hands and hair, i said a blessing with each stitch. “may you be loved.” “may you be loving.” “may you be love.”
i hope dolly will be a good friend, through good times and bad. happy birthday freya.