I have always loved folktales, mythology and fairy tales – just not the Disney versions. I spent many an hour in my childhood under the canopy of Japanese maples, listening for leprechauns and fairies, creating houses for them out of walnut husks and scraps of fabric. To this day, I still make rice pudding every Christmas Eve for Tomte, just so I don’t tempt fate. So, without further adieu, I bring you the Eastern European character of The Snow Maiden. You can read more of her story here if you’d like.
She is made with two different sizes of thread and three different sizes of crochet hooks. Her hair alone contains almost 200 yards of thread or almost 20 grams.
The final doll includes, approximately, 12, 731 stitches and took me over 300 hours to complete.
She does have shoes but, I have to admit, while I did finish one – by the time I had sewn her all together – I just didn’t feel it was good enough. And, frankly, I just didn’t have the energy to make them tonight. She might just have to prance about the snow barefoot for awhile.
She is, in the end, 7 and 3/4 inches tall. Her head is only slightly larger than a (US) quarter. There are some things I’m not exactly happy with, some things I still need to fix, but overall she’s pretty amazing, I think. After almost a month, however, I’m definitely ready to start my next project. And a nap. I could definitely use a nap.