Like I have mentioned previously, getting to know Sakasu has been a gentle adventure. I am so grateful she has been nothing but good to me. Maybe it's because I know so well where she is headed, or because I have had a lot of time to see her develop, or because I read so much about Sakasu. Perhaps my hands were so inspired and worked in unison with the fabric, no mishaps, no double takes, no mistakes to fix. It's like we were all on the same page, we knew intuitively where we were headed.
Then the weather changed and in the blink of an eye, she was Sakasu. While before she had only been my doll, what I was working on, under that snow storm she became Sakasu. It was really neat to wake up to a world covered in so many inches of fluffy snow, and to know that she was now ready. Perfect timing I thought. And then, days later all that snow has gone away but I will always remember sitting on a darker studio, with threads and snips and alpaca, and seeing Sakasu emerge finally from her wool slumber.
But there is something different with Sakasu: I don't really need to introduce her to the person she was made for. All those little details I always write about the dolls’ personalities are not exactly needed this time. You see, Sakasu was born out of a story, a story I did not write. Even though I always think of the people who end up with the dolls as their “mothers”, this time I know that’s not the case. Sakasu is not going to meet her mother, she is going to meet her inventor. It is different. They won’t have a relationship of mother/daughter, but of equals. They will hopefully be friends, and I hope Sakasu keeps inspiring this young author to keep writing stories.
Now I am going to write a little about Sakasu’s clothes because it was fun to try and dress her in a more “modern and normal” way, instead of an old-fashioned outfit like I usually dress my dollies in. Sakasu has a few items of clothing, some already pictured, some you just see for the first time here. She has the following little wardrobe:
- Jersey underpants, with wee white hearts.
- Wooly socks.
- Cotton jersey dress, with 3/4 length sleeves and cashmere long neck. It has three mother-of-pearl flower buttons on the back.
- Linen/cotton shorter dress, sleeveless with lined bodice. Cotton pom-pom trim on the hem and a wooden button that reads “hand made”.
- Lambswool/merino leggings.
- Italian wool boots with suede soles, lined with jersey knit.
- A circular cowl made with merino knit in chocolate and red stripes.
- Asymmetric cardigan with very long sleeves, made with lambswool knit.
- Hand knit wool hat.
- A fair isle wool sweater dress, with cashmere collar and front pocket.
**I just hope Sakasu never decides to just wear the red dress with no pants underneath! That would be very racy.
All in all this girls has been nothing but a dream to create. I know that she has been dreamed by at least two people now, the writer who brought her forth and the doll maker who crafted her out of the fabric. I hope what I created matches the innocence and valour of Sakasu, as well as the magic she is made out of. I hope Sakasu keeps imbuing some of that magic in her new friend, and that she never stops believing in it: I know that it beats strong within me.
Go and grow with your new friend Sakasu. Thank you for being who you are. I hope I get to finish reading your story one day. Much, much love to the family that allowed me to create this little person, forever grateful. I can't wait for you all to meet each other!.