Posted in American Sign Language, children's books, crochet, etsy, tagged ASL, ballerina, ballet, children's books, crochet, etsy, puppets, sign language on March 11, 2008|
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Doesn’t every little girl love ballerinas? After finishing Rapunzel, I had some new ideas for my puppets’ hair. I decided a ballerina would be the perfect puppet for trying a new design idea. Although ballerinas often wear their hair in a bun, I think girls love dolls with long hair; this ballerina has her hair up and out of the way, but still has all that lovely hair to swing around.
To make the ASL sign for dance, make one hand be the floor and the pointer and middle finger of the other hand the legs dancing. The Lifeprint site shows the sign, with the first row showing dance and the second row showing the part to add to make it dancer. Kindersigns shows the sign for dance, with an animated cartoon. (Don’t count on different baby sign programs to use all ASL; many use some made up signs as well.)
If the special girl in your life loves ballerinas, she has probably already read or seen Angelina Ballerina. We have two Angelina videos in our home as well as one book, a couple sticker books, and matching dolls. The books are actually fairly well done, since they came before the shows and commercial craze for the character. Of course, I have mostly seen the books that came before the show, so ones based upon the show may be of lower quality.
My daughter picked this book at the library, expecting the main character to like ballet. Instead, the main character is a tomboy who likes baseball. She does end up enjoying ballet at the end, but it is mostly her friend who comes to love it.
For those who have daughters who are just coming into the age of ballerina love, check out Bella Ballerina. We actually own this one as well as the Swan Lake version. (I got the Swan Lake one for five dollars due to the box being broken.) They are definitely fun for the girls; although now that my older daughter takes ballet, she does not use it as often. The youngest will sometimes want to just watch the video and whenever there are friends over who do not have it, they want to watch it and get out the dance mats.
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This one has flowers attached in all the colors of common ballet leotards. I noticed that I had pink, lavender, and pale blue on hand, so I made some flowers to attach to the shrug so that it would match nearly any ballet leotard that someone’s little dancer wore.
My daughter enjoyed trying it on, but was not too excited to hear that I would be listing it in my etsy shop soon. I told her I would put her on my list for making one for her after I finish the cape her sister wants.
I have not decided if there are plenty of flowers or if the photos just make it hard to see how many there are on the whole shrug. I will need to take a photo of it not on my daughter to help show them all.
If you are interested in one for your little girl, check out my etsy shop, Laura’s Left Hook . I would be happy to discuss making one for your special dancer.
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Posted in crochet, tagged ballet, crochet, shrug on January 15, 2008|
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My nearly six year old daughter wanted me to make something for her for her birthday. Somehow, I remembered her ballet teacher often wears a shrug at dance class, so I suggested making one for her. She jumped at the idea, although she kept calling it the wrong name.
When I suggested the idea I thought it would be easy to find a pattern online. Well, it was not that easy. I did, however, find several patterns for women and finally settled on a pattern (the link will download a pdf) that started at a size 0 that I thought I could modify to fit.
I ended up taking out about 26 rows of the pattern to make it fit my daughter. I held the shrug up to her as I made it and tried it on her several times while sewing up the seams. She loves it and it was not that difficult to make. One parent at ballet class said I should make them to sell, so maybe I will whip up another one for my shop.
I let my daughter keep it once it was finished instead of waiting for her birthday. I don’t think she could have waited until next month after having tried it on throughout the process of making it.
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