My Little Earth People (made out of papier mache) are so excited about their new shoes that they are practically jumping up and down--because their new shoes allow them to stand on their own. I have five of these little people in process--they have been painted and are beginning to receive their outermost layer of strips torn from an antique children's book called The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. Their shoes and legs will eventually be painted and the whiteness of their faces will be relieved by a peachy glaze. Finally they will be dressed in knitted hats and sweaters, and skirts and aprons of various types.
Right now I am in the midst of The Great Wind-Up. That is, I have sorted through my yarns and chosen the smallest gauge ones for the hats and sweaters I am going to knit for my little people. For the last three days I have been winding and winding, mostly by hand, balls of yarns for the knitted garments they will wear, and then knitting samples of them. Here are some photos of some of the delicious sock and lace weight yarns I am going to use. These autumn colors will be wonderful.
I love, love, love these blue yarns--they make me think of summer skies:
These next two are spring and late autumn:
Below are some of my softest yarns ever--an English lace-weight wool, a "watercolor" cotton, and the softest, most delicate mohair! (I have four balls of that mohair and all the other colors are just as wonderful.)
This last photo shows some of the other yarns I am considering. I love the delicate yellow mohair for a long wind-around-your-neck scarf. The little balls will be used for a striped skirt with a seed stitch border near the hem. The blue ball is angora and very soft.
I can't wait to dress my little people....but first, I have to finish their bodies and make sure the paint is dry. It has taken me quite a while to move these dolls along because I accepted a commission for a fairly large mandala and also had a visit from the most delightful little person imaginable--Paloma, my four year old grand-daughter! This visit was the first time we played together in my studio. When she walked in, she looked around at all the dolls and dollhouses and half-finished paintings and said: "Grandma! You have a cool room! A super-dooper cool room!!" Knowing this was her very highest compliment, I just smiled, thinking of all the fun we would have in my studio, and when I looked into her eyes, they were full of stars.