I don't know why I have strayed away from making dolls for so long! I think they are my favorite thing to make, it is just so much fun to give them each their own unique personality and story. I have been making sock monsters for a while now (so named because they are knit from sock yarn) but most of them are on my old blog, peculiarcrochet.wordpress.com.
Their body shapes are a little bit Tim Burton inspired, but they really come from my imagination and whatever objects I find that I think will give them the desired character. Each sock monster starts out as a gender-neutral figure with no race or social status, and then takes shape with the addition of found objects.
I was inspired to make a sock monster couple by these cute old-fashioned locks and keys I found at Collage. I thought it would be cute to give one monster the lock on their heart and the other the key. If you don't know, Collage is an art store in Portland that has so many cool things for all different kinds of art projects, and tons of things I would like to use on sock monsters. I have to be careful about going there until I have more money or run out of doll fixin's!
The dolls' bodies are knit from merino wool sock yarn and they have poseable arms and legs. The gears I used for the girl's eyes are also from collage. The other objects that make up their faces and accessories were collected over time from antique or hardware stores, or were given to me by friends who know I collect that sort of thing.