a summer child

21 January, 2011 ·

K and I are planning some seasonal themes for our next few markets so I thought I would try a doll in summery colours using one of the beautiful Steiner doll bases. I wanted her to look like a buttercup, which she doesn’t really, but I quite like her anyway.

Her hat is one of the gnome hats I can hardly stop myself from knitting, nineteen stitches at the base using my titchy little 3.0mm needles.

Her clothes are mostly the leftovers of a beautiful piece of wool rainbow felt, but her skirt is from two yellow jumpers I tried to felt. They didn’t felt very well but they’re firm enough to cut petals from.

I hope she will find her way onto someone’s nature table before the summer is out. She’s all ready to put a star in their summer evening sky.

In other news, there are still a few days left to bid on my own handmade contribution to the Queensland Flood Appeal auctions here and it’s also well worth a look at the master list on toni’s site. There are so many beautiful things to bid and buy raffle tickets for!

I have linked this blog post to strut-your-stuff thursday at Somewhat Simple, Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia, and Friday’s Nature Table at the Magic Onions.


  1. Jo Oh my goodness! Your sunner fairy is divine!! Lucky the child (or adult) who snaffles her up!
    January 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm ·
  2. sarah Love! Can I commission a couple of fairies for N nd Z's birthdays in April?
    January 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm · Reply
  3. anna Thank you Jo - and Sarah, of course! Thank you :)
    January 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm ·
  4. Rebecca Gorgeous. She's so sweet and you've photographed her beautifully - I love the arrangement. xxx
    January 22, 2011 at 2:34 am ·
  5. Emily Ahhh, pretty. You do a double whammy, Anna - first you make beautiful things, then you photograph them beautifully, too. :) Possibly silly question, but how did you do the sleeves on her wee jacket? I am peering at the felt and I can't see a seam attaching the sleeves to the rest of it.
    January 22, 2011 at 6:31 am ·
  6. Kimberly what a precious dolly you've inspired me to try the little pocket gnomes i already have one hat knitted I want to make wee valentine ones for the gramerlings I'd love to gift it with a personalized story, but we'll see thanks for sharing
    January 22, 2011 at 6:33 am ·
  7. josette baldacchino lovely!
    January 22, 2011 at 7:32 am ·
  8. anna Emily, not silly at all! The little jacket is made in three parts: the back (which is sort of a T shape with a very thick middle!) and two front pieces which include a front sleeve each. So the reason you can't see the stitching is because there isn't any :). Kimberley, that's just lovely to hear and I love the idea of valentines dolls! I might try one too I think. And Josette, thank you for your support and encouragement as always :) x
    January 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm ·
  9. Shannon She is divine and I love that she has a star to put in the evening sky...my big girl believes that the tooth fairy takes her tiny teeth and plants them in the sky and that is the beginning of a new star. Sometimes wool jumpers won't felt usually because they have been treated to make them 'superwash', with really fine knits like this I have found it doesn't matter either.
    January 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm ·
  10. anna I think you're right about the jumpers Shannon. I bought them from an op-shop ready to make summery nature table things with and I think I'll still be able to make most of them, despite the non-feltiness! I love your daughter's idea about teeth and stars - what a lovely thought.
    January 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm ·
  11. Emily Thanks for explaining about the jacket, Anna!
    January 25, 2011 at 1:14 am ·
  12. Katie SO CUTE!!
    January 25, 2011 at 9:05 am ·
  13. jeanene Anna, your little buttercup is so pretty, how beautifully you have shown her. I think you ought to set up an etsy store:)
    January 25, 2011 at 11:21 am · Reply
  14. Jill Bergman Anna, she's darling! I especially like that she has a star. :)
    January 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm · Reply
  15. Leonor Hi! your fairy it´s beautifull, I would like to know if I cab get one, she is gorgeous. Thanks! ;)
    December 29, 2012 at 6:18 am · Reply
  16. anna Thank you Leonor! I'm afraid I don't have an etsy store at the moment but if you're a local (to Melbourne, Australia) I quite often do markets and I usually have one or two dolls like this on my stall :). Thank you so much for stopping by!
    December 29, 2012 at 10:24 am ·
  17. Bek @ Just For Daisy Just beautiful! :)
    December 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm · Reply
  18. Christina Judd how do I buy this little doll? It's adorable. I have twin 4 year old girls, one blonde and one brunette. Any chance you can make something similar if you do t have 2? How much would they be?
    May 10, 2015 at 3:28 am ·
  19. anna Thank you Christina! I'm afraid this little doll found her home years ago. I do sometimes make others similar and hope one of these days to open an etsy shop. I'll keep you updated! Thanks again for your kind words.
    May 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm ·