Thursday, March 13, 2008

Prototyping

When Swatchy Doc made his appearance in Botswana, several volunteers were taken with him. One woman leads an income-generating group for women, and they are learning to knit! I volunteered to design a doll for them that they could make and sell locally.

The doll has to be very simple in construction, and knit flat (not in the round). They also requested that I use the colors of the Botswana flag, and that the doll fit in a child's hand. So I started knitting up some prototypes.

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The first one is very blocky and easy to knit, but not very cuddly looking.

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Adding arms made the doll more appealing, if a little more challenging to knit. But now the torso is too long and the proportions don't look right.

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Third time's the charm! Proportions are nice in this one.

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And here is the doll knit up and stuffed. Now I just need to add some personality.

2 comments:

Kathy said...

He (she?) looks great!

noricum said...

Adorable! Just think of all those smiles you'll be bringing to children's faces. :)