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Pink Saturday: My Little Friend :-)

January 23, 2010


The first time I followed a pattern stitch by stitch, I end up with this . . .


😦 I know, it turned into something even I have no idea what I’m making. Somehow what I created is far from the picture in the pattern. It was a sad moment. Oh well. That is me being horrible at patterns or maybe my stitches were wrong.

But one helpful thing I have learned from following it was how to increase stitches to form a somewhat round head. And with that in mind, I tweaked and tweaked, tried something else that I hoped would work and came up with this one . . .


You can tell from from the top view where I’m going at, yes? πŸ™‚ I’m excited!


Oh don’t mind the bow. I know it’s a little . . . a lot bigger for this little one LOL I think the length of the bow is the same as her body – but it doesn’t matter, right? πŸ™‚


Isn’t she a cutie? Am I just being biased?

My very first Kokeshi doll! What’s Kokeshi? It is a Japanese wooden doll with a bigger head than the torso and without arms and feet. Mine’s a crocheted version πŸ™‚


Just how small is she? Well, look below.


I know she is not perfect. She still has some loose threads on her, her head’s kinda wiggly and tilting (maybe because the bow’s too heavy LOL) and the thread kinda separated from all the undoing of stitches.

But that’s ok. I still love her so, even with her imperfections. She made me smile when I finished her and still does πŸ™‚


She is, again, one of the crochet project’s I have attempted during the Holidays (with the afghan and slipper and a fingerless glove for next Saturday). I’d like to experiment more on these dollies. Maybe make herΒ  a little bigger and her body hollow so I can keep a secret note inside πŸ™‚ Or maybe a key chain or some kind ofΒ  accessory – my, the possibilities!

But this weekend, I’m trying to make a friend for her. Hopefully I get to share it with you earlier next week – maybe on Monday or Tuesday πŸ™‚ (It’s not the one standing beside her – that was the “unknown form” from the first picture πŸ™‚ )


Last week I get to meet Pam of Treasures-n-Textures. I saw her altered book entitled “How To Be Happy” and was so curious as to what was inside. She was so nice to send me the 1st batch of images of what’s inside. Looking forward to the rest. They’re pink too! Maybe she’ll share it on her blog on future Pink Saturdays πŸ™‚ Thanks Pam.

Happy Pink Saturday!.

Thank you Miss Beverly for hosting this event.

For other pink stuff, drop by How Sweet the Sound.

To learn more about the event, click on the “Pink Saturday” logo

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Helpful Link:

Kokeshi Doll Pattern:Β  Just in case you might want to check the pattern I tried. Maybe you get to be fortunate and get it right.

52 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    January 23, 2010 8:43 pm

    Li, your doll is absolutly adorable, you are quite the talented knitter! Have a wonderful Pink Saturday. Mary

  2. January 23, 2010 9:31 pm

    Happy Pink Saturday Li.
    You are very creative. So cute.
    Well done.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. January 23, 2010 9:46 pm

    What an adorable little doll she is! I would be so proud of her if I had made her. I actually don’t crochet but so admire those who do. Happy Pink Saturday!! β™₯

  4. January 23, 2010 10:53 pm

    Li, what an absolutely adorable little doll! I can’t believe you made her – congratulations, my friend! Oh, she is a cutie! Happy Pink Saturday!


  5. January 23, 2010 11:15 pm

    Wow Li! She is so adorable. I love her!!! The weird thing is that this week I was reading an art journaling book that also talked about a Japanese Kokeshi dolls, and I was wondering what they were. Now I know? Does this ever happen to you that the same information finds its way to you from different places?

    Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I am going for a jewelry class on that day, to make myself a necklace. A creative treat that I can make and wear and enjoy.

    Oh and I wanted to tell you that I am working on a project (or maybe even projects) for you. I haven’t forgotten!

  6. January 23, 2010 11:17 pm

    Li, that doll is absolutely adorable!!! You did a great job, and the bow looks perfect to me. I think it is the perfect size and gives her extra cuteness.

    Okay, maybe the other piece can become some sort of very cute animal. A dog, perchance?

    Happy Pink Saturday…


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  7. January 24, 2010 12:05 am

    What a wonderful Pink Saturday post! I just β™₯ the fact that each of us shares such a variety of items – that’s one reason why this event is never boring. Always something fun, new, lovely or interesting around the corner.

    That little doll is precious! I’d love to make one for my grand-daughter, Rachel.

    Thanks for sharing a part of yourself today☺ Cold, gloomy day today but, as always, bright and sunny on the Pink Saturday blogs.

    β™«Wishing you sunshine and happiness this weekend!β™«

  8. January 24, 2010 12:39 am

    Li ~ She is fantastic!!! My daughter, Ashley loves Kokeshi dolls (yes, she is 24 years old). They are so cute and loc that you can hide messages in the bottom. I am so sorry I don’t know how to crochet or I would have to make her one. I think her bow is cute that big….don’t change a thing! Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. January 24, 2010 12:40 am

    Li ~ whoops! That should have been LOVE you can hide messages in the bottom. Sorry!

  10. January 24, 2010 12:47 am

    Hi Li!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh OH OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…I just LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you know I’ve been reading all about Kokeshi dolls for weeks now???!!!! I have just bought an old one on ebay and some fabric to play with that features them!!!!!!!!!!! I just think they are so so cute and then i come to visit you, and look what you made!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I tend to get overexcited about things…
    BUT she is TOO TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to make more…I want to buy one from you!!!
    xoxox Betzie

  11. January 24, 2010 1:17 am

    Oh my gosh, Li!!! I have a cousin who teaches in Japan, and I have been meaning to try making these!!! Yours are SO-oooo CUTE!!!! Oh, I am even more inspired now… I’ve already got my pink yarns out… I’ve just got to get out some black! LOVE your keychain, and secret note ideas too!! I’ll let you know if and when I try making one.. Maybe over the weekend.. I’ve got some cleaning and baking I want to get done too, but I think I MIGHT be able to at least get a START on this cute little project! Happy Pink Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend! ((hugs)) Beansie

  12. January 24, 2010 2:03 am

    eek!! Li, your kokeshi doll is soooo cute! I think she is just perfect. I will have to try to make one…in my spare time which I seem to have none of!!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  13. January 24, 2010 2:51 am

    Hi Li
    I actually thought it was a finger puppet. lol
    I’ve never heard of a kokeshi doll. I have been hearing an awful lot about “blithe dolls”. Have you heard about these? They have big eyes for japanese dolls. Anyway, your little babe is darling. Your needles must be sooooo small. Your fingers must be small too lol
    Not participating today, but came over to say hello. Going to the movies with Randy to see “Somethings gotta give” I need a good laugh, and I hear it’s really really funny.
    I will be posting early this week. It’s a long one, get ready.
    Sending hugs
    Love Claudie

  14. January 24, 2010 5:05 am

    She IS a cutie! I bet it was frustrating working on something so small. She turned out fabulous! Happy Pink and have a great weekend!

  15. January 24, 2010 7:28 am, li! love the 4th pic, adorable. you can see the detail of the sleeves. and i think the big bow is just perfect for her. lol on the “her head’s kinda wiggly and tilting (maybe because the bow’s too heavy)”. πŸ˜€ you should give her a name!

    i forgot to say this last sat… you changed your favicon na. cute, cute, cute.

    p.s. my little lady just came in and saw the pic, “mommy, like ko yan! it’s so cute!”

    and about the large pins sa swap? i really don’t know kung para saan yun. hindi ko pa rin ma-figure out :D. the elephant is a retractable tape measure.


  16. January 24, 2010 9:33 am

    Li, that is just so cute! I can’t wait to see what else you make. Happy Pink Saturday!

  17. January 24, 2010 11:23 am

    Happy Pink Saturday !!! I have enjoyed visiting your blog and viewing your lovely photos – I am a lover of things crochet. Please a wonderful new week.

  18. January 24, 2010 7:07 pm

    Hi Li! Today it’s Sunday, but I want to wish you a happy Pink Saturday! Your pink doll is so lovely! This week I am not participating but showing a little bit of our district capital Baden near Vienna. Perhaps you like the old houses there? Hugs, Traude

  19. January 24, 2010 8:32 pm

    Love her! When you showed the tape measure with her I was amazed at how petite she is…adorable!!!! She would be darling as a pin too…I could see her on the lapel of a jacket or on a sweater to enhance her beauty further! Happy Pink Saturday!

  20. January 24, 2010 9:26 pm

    What a CUTIE!

    You did a GREAT job!

    Thanks for sharing! Happy PS!


  21. January 24, 2010 9:47 pm

    She is tooo precious! I am so jealous of those who know how to sew, knit, crochet….I know I could learn but that would just be ANOTHER craft cluttering up my house. So I would rather admire those who do it so well!! She is a cutie!

  22. January 24, 2010 9:54 pm

    I can’t imagine doing something that tedious. You’re very talented. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Please come visit again soon! Tammy

  23. January 24, 2010 10:43 pm

    Hi, Li,
    Your kokeshi doll is cute as can be! I had not heard of these kind of dolls, and I am glad to learn more about them. I look forward to seeing your next creations!! Happy Pink Saturday and enjoy your weekend and upcoming week, dear friend! Vicki

  24. January 24, 2010 11:00 pm

    I just love your little doll. I’m not sure I could crochet something that small. I’ll send more photos of my altered book later this week.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Belated Happy Pink Saturday.

  25. January 24, 2010 11:27 pm

    That is ADORABLE!!!!! Great job. Love the pink. :0)

  26. January 25, 2010 12:23 am

    She is so cute. You had me laughing tho. The first attempt I wasn’t so sure what was going on there. Too funny, but stick with it and look what you have, a perfect little angel….great job, Happy Pink Saturday sweet friend, Char

  27. January 25, 2010 12:45 am

    Seems lots of people in the blogging world are trying their hand at knitting and crocheting this winter. If only I had more time…sigh. Happy Pink Saturday. xo

  28. January 25, 2010 4:34 am

    Li, she is so darn cute! You are not being biased. She really is. Thank you for visiting us and leaving your nice comments. And… yes, you have seen pics of my kitty, Janie before. I love her so much I just cannot help myself! She follows me, insists on riding on my shoulders, climbs in my cupboards (as you remembered) and basically, makes me laugh. Have a wonderful week, Li!

  29. January 25, 2010 9:36 am

    ! that is precious! i love tiny little toys – there just extra cute

  30. Gabriela Delworth permalink
    January 25, 2010 10:34 am

    Happy Pink Saturday a little late…

    She is so adorable! What a great project!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  31. January 25, 2010 3:41 pm

    Oh Li, your kokeshi doll is so sweet – she’s gorgeous πŸ™‚

    Happy pink saturday to you – thank you for visiting me. I’m doing my visits late again. Have a fabulous week.

    ciao for now,
    Elena πŸ™‚

  32. January 25, 2010 9:41 pm

    Of all the posts this week, I think I enjoyed this one the most. It was so much fun reading about your adventures in crocheting. I love your kokeshi doll. I think you should sell them on Etsy! I like the size of the bow. It’s part of her charm. Great job! Have a good week. -Terri

  33. January 25, 2010 10:38 pm

    Li, your things are so precious! This little doll is just adorable. The little girl in me wants one of those teeny, tiny playthings. Just as sweet as can be πŸ™‚ The funny thing you created is the exact reason why I stay away from crocheting…I can’t get things to turn out like they are supposed to. Happy crocheting….Happy Pink Saturday!

    Mermaid Shelley

  34. January 26, 2010 3:51 am

    Oh, she’s adorable! I love how big her bow is . . . “the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize!” LOL! Really, she is precious.

  35. January 26, 2010 11:02 am

    Isn’t that the cutest little doll! I hadn’t seen one like that. Nice to see something new. πŸ™‚

  36. January 27, 2010 7:22 am

    Hi Li..
    This is a belated Pink Saturday post,as I’m trying to get to all the participants this week. I just had to slow down long enough to tell you how much I loved your sweet doll. She’s just adorable and I think you did wonderfully well with her. I love that sweet little bow…See you next Pink Saturday..

  37. January 27, 2010 11:23 am

    Oh my gosh, that little doll is sooooo cute. No wonder you like her so much. She is so tiny. And your post made me smile with your first attempt. You should see my first attempt at a crocheted pair of fingerless gloves. Boy were they awful. Sorry I’m late posting for Pink Sat. but hope yours was wonderful.


  38. January 27, 2010 2:23 pm

    How cute. But what was the real pattern for? I really like your projects shown in the pictures. You are good enough that you can relax while you crochet. I am not but still enjoy it. Hope to get to finish an afghan started long ago – some day!


  39. January 27, 2010 10:22 pm

    she is perfectly adorable.

    she has loads of personality….
    she is a little bit shy isn’t she?

    looking forward to seeing her friend~


  40. January 28, 2010 2:39 am

    So sweet!!

  41. January 28, 2010 8:33 am

    Hello Li, thank you for your visit and your sweet comment. I am just know getting to my visitors while I was gone. I hope I will be home to stay for a while.

    Your crocheted doll is too cute for words. It was fun reading your journey to the finish. I am proud of you for staying with it and not giving up. I had a few laughs too. I love the photos as you progressed. The doll is adorable. Good job.

    I will need to stay with this quilt I am making. it is very involved once the sewing began.

    Have a great week,
    Hugs, Jeanne

  42. January 28, 2010 10:48 pm

    Persistence pays off!

  43. January 29, 2010 12:00 am

    That’s an adorable little doll! I’m terrible as working with small thing like this..Will see you next PS

  44. January 31, 2010 12:06 am

    This is adorable!

  45. February 1, 2010 2:41 am

    Oh what a darling little doll! I love her too β™₯ You did a great job! Thank you so much for your kindness and concern for Charli and me. Charli is on the mend and back to her old antics :>)

  46. February 1, 2010 7:47 am

    She is such a cute tiny litte doll! What a fun Pink Saturday Post! Thank You for sharing your Pinks!

    Have A Great Day!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

    Livin’ With Hoosiers

  47. February 1, 2010 9:31 am

    I am so glad that I followed you back over here. Your little doll is just way too cute!!!! I love her.

  48. February 1, 2010 12:31 pm

    I would LOVE to win this little Kokeshi doll!!!!! She is so cute and all the cuter with her imperfections!
    Thanks for visiting me tonight Li!! Always nice to see you!!!
    Keep creating!!! xoxo

  49. February 2, 2010 11:39 pm

    Oh my gosh! I have a Kokeshi doll and I never knew it. My dad had to go to South Korea on business back in 1976 and brought me back a doll that is wooden, with a larger head, and no arms or legs! She sits in my studio with me along with another cloth oriental doll that my uncle brought back from Vietnam when he was over there in the late 1960s. Any chance I could commission a doll from you to go with those two I already have adopted? Or perhaps a swap of some sort (if you like my beadwork, that is!) They would make such great sisters!


  50. February 12, 2010 10:58 am

    Your giveaway is fabulous! I would love a chance to win. Please add my name to your drawing. Thanks so much for your sweet visit! Lisa πŸ™‚


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