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Le Petit Prince
1 The Doll's body by Arne & Carlos
Knitting
Needles & yarn
7 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch
Dale Garn Falk
116 yards in stash
woolybaabaa
Notes

2015-07-27 Finally managed to get my hands on some wool for stuffing, and have one little foot done. It is adorable! :-)
2015-08-16 I’m thoroughly stuck on the eyes. The little prince doesn’t have any pupils! That is not acceptable, but I do want to keep the pupil minimal. I knitted an eye on sz 0 needles and the pupil was too big. Libby has suggested embroidering a pupil on white felt. Not sure I can get any wool felt in this town, so I’ll probably have to make it. No worries - I have lots of white top! (aka stuffing)
2015-08-22 Libby’s idea worked well for the eyes. I made white wool felted discs, and embroidered black pupils. Since I cheated by giving Little Prince pupils, i feel like I shouldn’t give him eyelashes (proved by my experiment, which made him look like he’d had a bad cry with too much mascara on). I finished the body with 2 yards of pale peach left. Squeaker!

09-12-2015

So a couple of weeks ago, I was carrying my project bag and a cup of tea upstairs, and dripped a drop of tea on the prince’s hand. It made a stain, of course, so I had to wash him. Overall he is no worse for wear, but now his neck is very wobbly. I had toyed with the idea of inserting some kind of stiffener, but I know my kids didn’t like feeling hard stuff inside their soft toys, and I just felt it wasn’t worth it. And I’m glad there weren’t any pipe cleaners inside him to get rusty from his bath. I’m going to try using a fine crochet hook to pull stuffing from his head and chest back into his neck. And I’m going to make a tight neck on his jumpsuit to help hold his head upright.

12-15-2015

So, no amount of manipulation made the prince’s neck any stronger, and he’s been resting and watching me from his berth in a surprisingly large project bag (lots of bits and bobs required) for many weeks. Was finally inspired with a possible solution to his neck problem. I’ve wet felted a wool “cigar” and I’m going to conduct a crainectomy to unstuff his head, neck, and a significant portion of his chest to insert it. Here’s wishing the little guy luck!

The cigar weighs 9g, but it’s still slightly wet. Also, I’m afraid it’s a bit big for the job, but we’ll see. As best I can measure, it’s 5/8” in diameter.

One thing I am NOT going to do is rip back past the eyes. So the thing has to slide into place. If it won’t, I’ll just make a smaller one.

03-07-2016

Finally got up the nerve to perform the crainectomy and it looks like the cigar implant is going to work exactly as I had hoped. It really fills up the neck cavity. I didn’t remove much stuffing from his chest, just shoved the thing in there. Since I took the photos, I’ve managed to shove it in another half inch. It seems nice and firm and his head is no longer floppy at all. SUCCESS!!

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July 17 2015
August 7 2016
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by Dale Garn
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116 yards / 50 grams
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  • Project created: July 17, 2015
  • Updated: August 7, 2016