Saturday, October 14, 2017

Valor in good company

Valor, standing for the right.

It took four hands, two chopsticks, and my largest crochet hook to switch out Valor's feet. I'd put on as much of his armor as I could without help, but the dark elastic slightly stained his arms, so we're holding off on armoring him until I can make him a skin-colored undershirt with elbow-length sleeves that will prevent staining.

I now know why knights had pages to help them get dressed. It took me the better part of half an hour to figure out what goes where and get it arranged properly. At first I had his gaiters on his arms, and I couldn't figure out what to do with the two long "belts" until I looked at the pictures on the company website. They wind around his gaiters.

Close-up of his sword. I don't know if it's big enough to be a claymore, but it's definitely a two-handed sword of some sort. I looked on Wikipedia and ended up more confused than when I started.

Valor with Legolas and Gimli. Gimli seems a little suspicious, but I think Legolas is glad to have another elf on the team.

Valor and Celeste. I don't know if she's playing a battle hymn or a Celtic lullaby.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

He's here, a day sooner than I expected!

No pictures yet, because he's sitting blind, bald, and naked on the dining room table. I had to run to Michael's to pick up more kneaded eraser to use as eye putty. Middlest is in the middle of things (tee hee) otherwise engaged at the moment. But here's a picture of his box.

And here's a picture of all of the stuff that came home with me from Michael's.

Fall-themed "art" that will go on my desk at work, two different brands of kneadable eraser, a package of washi tape with musical notes, and a small mannequin that will go to one of my dolls. I just don't know which one yet.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Valor is stateside, and through customs.

He's somewhere between the post office in Chicago and here, with delivery scheduled by 8:00pm on Friday.


Monday, October 9, 2017

We have a tracking number for Valor.

The email said "delivery" tomorrow, but I think they meant "shipping" tomorrow, because the EMS number is coming up empty. So maybe I will have a doll at the end of the week?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fore and aft.

The front of Justice's shirt, showing the silk bow at her neck.

The back view, showing off the buttons.

The back view with vests and shirt.

The front view, as she models no more pictures, please, I'm late for an appointment.

And with no pretense at modesty whatsoever, I am in love with her socks.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Halfway done with her second stocking.

The first fit like a dream, which made working on this one oh so easy. I'm almost halfway through the heel flap and would love to begin the heel gussets before I go to bed, but I'm thinking it's going to have to wait until tomorrow.

There are buttons sewn on Justice's shirt, and half a snap in place.

I've been going back and forth with the doll company. There have been delays, but he's scheduled to ship out on Monday the 2nd. Korea is gearing up for their Thanksgiving celebration. This is my first order from Withdoll, and it I've been significantly reassured that Middlest knows them to be a highly reputable company.

I'm having a few sinus issues. The antihistamine is working, but not as well as I would like. Still, I'm thankful. Without it, I'd be dealing with a full-blown sinus infection about now. Heading to bed shortly.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Houston, we have a vest! And bloomers!

The back view of the vest.

The back view of the bloomers (with the tails of the vest flipped up). I modified that shorts pattern I bought from DG Requiem's Etsy shop.

And the vest front, with her arms flopped out to either side, showing how nicely the vest flares out at the hip.

I have since begun a peasant blouse for her out of leftover quilt fabric. Right now Justice is back up on my dresser with Blessing and the tinies, wearing her bloomers and an inside-out blouse, vest halves tossed onto her lap. Theoretically I could have finished it tonight, but realistically I was done.

I've also measured her and roughed out a schematic for a pair of knee high stockings, but I haven't chosen the yarn or swatched. It feels great to finally have her in something of my own making. Middlest had generously loaned her a lovely pair of slacks, hoodie, hat, and Chucks. And I am ever so thankful. But I couldn't really see who this one is when she was wearing borrowed clothing.