Monthly Archives: January 2009

Wild and Woolie Spool knitted doll


Every once in awhile,   a little wild woolieness ought to come into a Yarnie’s life.

So, I have designed this Wild and Woolie Spool knitted doll.  I used hand spun yarn to make it, but any yarn that makes your heart sing would work well.

All together now, let’s sing: Wild Thing! I think I love you!


I’ve got her pattern listed etsy shop now: Wild Thing

Image source: Noreen Crone-Findlay (copyright)



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Lily is back!


I am so pleased!

One of my most favorite dolls of all the thousands of dolls that I have designed, is ‘Lily’.

Somehow, I managed to loose the file that had her pattern in it, and oops, had sold all my paper copies of her pattern.

Oh my word!

It’s been driving me nuts that I couldn’t find her file, so I spent most of the day searching through all my files. whew.

I was THRILLED when I found her file!

So, I set to work on rebuilding it, as it was an earlier version, and now I have created a pdf of her pattern.

Whee hah!  My darlin’ Lily is back in town! woohoo!

I’ve put her on my website. You can see her at:

Noreen’s Dolls


Image Source: Noreen Crone-Findlay (copyright)


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Writing, still writing

I wrote my first book when I was in Grade 2.

I started by writing my version of a fairy tale, and my teacher liked it.

She said that she would give me more paper if I wanted to tell more of the story.

Oh oh…. I was already addicted to a passion for paper, and my greedy little heart went: ooooooooooooooh! paper…. more paper……….. yummmmmmmmmmmmm……

So, I would write and write my story, and she would dole out more delicious sheets of luscious white paper with those enticing blue lines…….. ah………. paradise…….

I have no idea what happened to that big fat pile of story pages. But, the passion for writing books has never left me.


I still write everything out by hand before I type it into my computer.

Over the last few months, since I left ‘hankering for yarn’, it may look like I have stopped writing.

Au contraire! I have been designing and working and writing ‘full immersion’ on new books.

I’ve just released ‘Rosie Recycle’, and am now working hard on more books….

and loving every minute of it.

I think my Grade 2 teacher would be pleased….  😀

So, if it looks like I have abandoned writing, please be patient with me.  I haven’t- it’s just pouring out into books instead of into blogs.

Pass the paper, please, I need to write some more……

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Rosie Recycle is done and ready to go!


I am so excited!
I have finally finished The Rosie Recycle Doll Book!

Rosie Recyle dolls are charming little one of a kind dolls that are
an inspiration to ‘go green’, and become a thrifty ‘eco crafter’.

Combine your stash of scraps of yarn & embroidery floss
with colorful bits of junk mail, old magazines
and packaging to create enchanting & unique little
Rosie Recycle Dolls.

The book includes instructions and patterns for
* Knitted Rosie Recycle Dolls
*Crocheted Rosie Recycle Dolls
* Spool knitted Rosie Recycle Dolls
*Rosie Recycle Dolls with ribbon or lace scrap skirts.

The completed Rosie Recycle dolls
are approximately 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall.

They have pins on the back of their heads, so they can dance from
your hat, bag, lapel, curtain, inspiration or bulletin board.
They’re also great for scrapbooking, too…..

The Rosie Recycle booklet is 48 pages, and is full color.
It’s 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches- so easy to slip into your tote bag!

I am doing the big time happy happy happy dance….

and Tottie Tomato thinks that Rosie Recyle is pretty darned wonderful, too!


Image Source: Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright


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Mapping the layout for new book

I have been working sooooooooooo hard on a new little book.


The process has been really intense, because, as well as designing and making the dolls for the book, I have been learning a whole lotta new software and systems. Oh MY!

The book is called: Rosie Recycle Pin Dolls : Thrifty Little Dolls to Crochet or Knit And Spool Knit.

The dolls are adorable and I am very excited….

I’m getting close to being able to release it…. just working on finishing up the layout of the book….


The process of figuring out where each page goes and how it gets there is a complicated one….

I ended up making little mockups that I could zing back and forth in and then map out the whole works.

Each page  ended up with 7 codes, telling me something that I needed to know for the pages.

Lotsa lotsa work….. and so worth it!

I have been working so hard on the book that I haven’t been keeping up with blogging.

I will blog a bit more about the process…..

until then…. it’s back to work on it, for me.

PS:  The book is done! Hurrah!

You can see some of the dolls in the book at:

Image source: Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright


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