I remember years ago, I knit my first little stuffie. I was pregnant with my third child at the time, and I wanted to knit a million little dolls and toys for my kids.
Sadly enough, though, I found that I HATED knitting little fiddly things. It was very disappointing because, again, I had wanted to make my kids all kinds of cool stuff.
Then, a few years later, I learned how to crochet and.... what do you know? I found out that I don't mind crocheting fiddly things, but for some reason knits and fiddles just don't go well together (ooooh.... that would be a good name for an LYS! "Knits and Fiddles"! Sorry, tangent!). So, yay, my dream of populating the house with crafted stuffies was alive once again!
In the past couple of years, my queue keeps exploding with various crocheted dolls and creatures. I really enjoy making them, and you'd better believe my kids snatch them out of my hands the very second that last yarn end is woven in!
We watched Maleficent a few months ago, and I loved the movie SO much. Every once in awhile a movie comes along that I adore so much I get darn-near obsessed with it, and Maleficent definitely fell into this category! We've seen it bunches of times since then, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of it. I love the beautiful story, and the mother/ daughter bond theme.
And since all of my fandom obsessions eventually translate themselves into crafting, I HAD to make this Maleficent! A dear friend of mine inspired me to do it, and also helped me out along the way. This pattern has many parts and pieces, but that is part of what I love about creating stuffies and dolls and toys. You get to see them take shape and come to life before your eyes, and its SO cool!
My favorite part about this doll is the eyes. My talents do not typically lie in the details; I'm not good with intricate work. So when I first saw this pattern, I immediately started stressing about the eyes. I wanted to get the eyebrows right, and I knew if I didn't do a good job with the eyes, I would hate the whole thing no matter how good the rest of it was.
SO! I really took my time with the eyes. I went very slowly, watching the picture the entire time, and I am SO SO SO SO SO ecstatic with the results! I've been knitting for ten years and crocheting for four, and yet this project is easily one of my top-ten-favorite things that I've EVER made. YAY!!!!