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Monday, November 2, 2015

Ready to go...

Being a regular reader of craft blogs, I'm aware of so many people finishing off projects; some of these projects may have been WIPs or UFOs for quite a while. So then the items are photographed and a post written by these bloggers. And my goodness some of the lovely quilts, embroideries etc that have been completed are just wonderful. I have a much smaller project finish.
The finish I'm writing about wasn't a project of mine though. Ages ago...ahem...it might have been last year...cough cough...I was given a knitted toy to finish so that it could be given to a needy child. The toy had been donated to K4 BN slightly unfinished. :-)
He had no facial features or hair...I put him in a box of yarns in my sewing room and I'm afraid I forgot all about him! Then last week I thought that I really should finish him as he could be used as a gift for Christmas. (K4BN helps other community groups provide gifts to those in the community who might not otherwise get gifts)
But it wasn't until last night that I finally did something about Mr Golly. 
Felt mouth and eyes; I didn't seem to have any black felt so I used a permanent marker to make the pupils. For the hair I crocheted a circle shape using trebles. I thought the Patons Loopy was just perfect as it's quite 'nubbly'. It's now a discontinued yarn 


I stitched on the hair and glued on the eyes and mouth so finally the toy is ready to give away. The person who knitted this toy did beautiful work; he is well 'stuffed' and very firm...no droopy head here. 

There may be readers who are horrified to see such a doll. They were certainly out of favour in many countries for a long time ( and in some places still are!) ; such dolls are/were even banned in some places. Here in Australia, they seem to have made a comeback in recent years. I loved my Golly doll that I had as a child . 


8 comments:

Susan said...

I love Golly dolls - I think political correctness can go over the top. He's lovely and will make a great toy for someone. Great finish!

doodles n daydreams said...

He looks great - I think people can be a bit precious about things at times.

Diana

Toni Mc Rae said...

It looks gorgeous.

margaret said...

how cute My Golly, here in the UK they are still not really acceptable, I have a great friend from Barbados and she gets so upset when she sees the golly fabric and finds it so offensive, it can be embarassing at a quilt show at times. I can understand her point as she still gets racial discrimination, it happens when I am with her so I know what it is like. My granddaughter is mixed race and she has a bad time too but she is strong at 17 and can handle most of it

Maria said...

Golly are great and he looks fabulous now Maria

Cynthia said...

I had never heard the term Golly doll before. Heading off to google where it came from!

kiwikid said...

Well done on the finish...I love golly's too, my grandmother made me too when I was young...sadly my mother threw it out, but my Dad got me another one from a craft stall when I was in my mid 40's!! In England they are very politically incorrect but here they seem to be more popular than ever.

Lin said...

I loved my golly too and your finish looks great. It was interesting to watch an interview on the TV a couple of years ago with a curator from the toy museum in London. The very PC interviewer insisted on calling them golly's while the curator insisted on calling them golly-wogs! xx