Yes, that is the theme for the dolls I made this week, ending with these two, the final two today- a lonely goatherd, and Edelweiss, a little girl with a pale pink coat…
I had in my head a list of random dolls I wanted to make- Princess and the Pea, Vikings, merbabies, and the set from “The Phantom Tollbooth.” I thought I needed one more set of fun whimsical dolls to round it out- something from a different genre- I already had a modern fairy tale, an older fairy tale, some imaginary characters, and some characters that were the stuff of myth and legends, but had existed in the past…what could it be? Then from somewhere the idea popped into my head- Two little lonely goatherds. Perfect.
What is not to love about the attire of the goatherds out on the Alps, yodeling all the day long? I knew it was exactly what I wanted, and now I had tales recognized all over the world.The image of a goatherd out on the mountain all day long, taking a sack with his lunch in it, carrying a staff to keep those goats in line, rosy cheeked, is just irresistible. I didn’t model these exactly off of the puppets made for “The Sound of Music”, as absolutely gorgeous as they are, instead, I came up with what I imagined they should like from ideas in my head, inspired by memories of that movie, sketched them out, and then went shopping. It all starts with shopping!
The puppet show scene from “The Sound of Music” has got to be one of the most recognized and classic scenes filmed, and most loved by children. When I was little I adored it, especially the part where the little baby goat dances onto the puppet stage. I think I have every second of that scene perfectly memorized. As I was making the dolls, I found the youtube clip for Evie to watch, surprised that she had not seen the movie yet. She is four, and my first viewing of “The Sound of Music” took place when I was three. Mesmerized, she giggled at all the places that I had as a child, and the second it was over begged me to play it again. I did, for her, again and again and again, letting her baby brother, who is 13 months old, watch, too. He doesn’t have a long attention span but he too could not keep his eyes off the puppets dancing across the stage. Now I needed a name for my somewhat mismatched and random “group” of dolls…whimsical characters-characters from stories-favorite characters…Of course! “A Few of My Favorite Things”, that summed it up exactly, with a final nod to “The Sound of Music” with the lonely goatherds. That’s how I had come up with each group of dolls. Each set was a timeless, favorite, children’s classic, whether an ancient story or a newer character, and hope that they aren’t just a few of my favorite things, I tried to choose a collection of characters that are on many, many other people’s lists of favorite things.
And “The Sound of Music” sums up in general the way I feel when I think of my favorite things- scenery unmatched by anything that I can think of; best feel good story ever; adorable children who harmonize beautifully; funnest songs that children love and adults hum the rest of their lives, and it sure doesn’t hurt that Julie Andrews has the singing and speaking voice of an angel…or maybe a queen. Having watched it more recently- I had to, while I was knitting the socks, the baby goat, and the hat- I am so impressed with the clothing, too. So. Much. Fun.
So many of my childhood memories are wrapped up in the movie- not the least of which is the marionette my dad, sister and I made together. We had a fascination with marionettes- and who could not, after watching the movie?- and wanted to see if we could make one ourselves.Well, it turned out we could…it worked great! This wasnt from a kit; we got a library book that showed how and put it together. And it worked! It moved, it danced (if we could only figure out how to work the controls properly- it’s more challenging than it looks). The only problem was it looked like something out of a nightmare, or maybe a horror story. It had a white face and a mouth full of teeth ,and big giant ears that stuck out. It’s our fault with the face, since we made the head and painted it. As well constructed the puppet was, somehow we were reluctant to ever play with it…it was just too creepy. So, it got relegated to the storage area in the basement. My mom hung it on the wall so the strings wouldn’t get tangled. Well if you want to know what’s creepier than a creepy looking marionette, it is a creepy marionette hanging in the cellar portion of a basement, alone, with a glowing (or seemed that way) white face and huge teeth, hanging by string from a wall. Whenever Mom asked us to grab something out of the freezer down there…well, you just ran past the puppet, trying not to look, but knowing it was looking at you, taunting you; then you would turn around to leave, face it, glare at it and run!I think my faces have improved since making that puppet! It’s funny to think back on. And now, let me introduce you to the dolls!
Both dolls are approximately 16″ tall. The Lonely Goatherd is wearing the quintessential lederhosen with a linen shirt. I know how cold it can get at altitude, even in the summer, so I knit him some warm, wooly socks.
He also has a toasty warm cap. His hair has some fun hand-spun yarn mixed in and he is anxious to go play with someone. I think his freckled face came out charming. He is $260.
The “little girl in the pale pink coat-herd” is named Edelweiss, naturally. She is ultra feminine and begged for eyelashes.
I have never done eyes like this on a regular sized doll, and don’t intend to, at least not very often. So she is special in that way. Her hair is beautifully sparkly, and she has flowers spun into it. She has ruffly pantaloons and a skirt with an attached linen apron. She has a knitted corset worn over her shirt, and comes with a pink head scarf. Realizing in dismay she had no pink coat, I took the scarf and tied it around her shoulder to make a shrug of sorts, and am pretty pleased with how cute it looks!
She comes with a little baby goat with a pink ribbon tied around her neck.
Edelweiss is $280.
These two dolls are really special to me, and I had soooo much fun making them. I will be sorry to say good-bye to them, though I know they will have wonderful adventures in their new homes! I have decided to give you the option in the comments to purchase both dolls if you want to. I think they would make wonderful playmates together and parting them seems sad. If you would like to purchase both or either of these dolls, please leave a comment below. I will pick a comment tomorrow morning.