So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
[Gaston Bachelard]

doll-1 Elizabeth is a Magic Attic doll. She is 18″ tall like the American Girl brand, but her body shape and composition makes her easier to fit. I enjoy knitting oufits for her with left over yarn.

This is her Christmas outfit. The yarn is fingering weight that I used for a pair of socks, and I knit these on #0 and #1 needles. The knee socks and red tights are all one piece as shown below. The dress was knit from the hem up, then the sleeves from the armhole down. There is a long, snap-closure opening in the back to make it easier to dress the doll. The hat ties under her chin with I-cord. The photo below shows a side view.

Dressing Elizabeth marks the beginning of my decorating for Christmas. She will take her place next to the toy train and other dolls by the time I get the tree up and decorated. Hand-knit stockings will hang on the window ledge in lieu of a fireplace mantle. I decorate a little bit at a time — Advent wreath, manger scene, door decoration — as Elizabeth watches in her holiday dress.