It should be no surprise that little boys hold a special place in my heart. My two sons were so different and so similar they were a constant surprise to me. Well my daughter had the same effect, I don't think it has much to do with gender more to do with the amazing little wonders that our children are.
With Jack I wanted to show gentleness and strength, a waking up to the world around and how this little one fits into it.
So Jack is made with my wonderful Mabel pattern that I love so much for its 'plonkability', by that I mean it's a doll that is just the right weight and size to plonk down comfortably beside you while you play or read or knit. You know what I mean I'm sure, a comfortable little friend.
Having dabbled a little in the past with adding some extra sculpting to my doll faces Jack has the face I have imagined in the past when I have used needlefelted sculpting. His little mouth reflects a family trait, both my human family and my past dolls
I love the innocence of his face, his wide eyed wonder, his fuzzy hair and his determined posture.
Jack loves to be outdoors as long as he has enough snuggly clothes. He used to talk about the gnomes and pixies and fairies in the garden but not so much these days. I am pretty sure he still believes in them but his thing now is counting the birds that visit.
He has a new best friend in the street too and the thing they love to do it kick the footie, they call the game Kick to Kick, maybe your kids played it too. He has a brand new football and they get together when ever they can, in the backyard to kick until they get too hungry to go on then they rush inside for a snack and back out to their game.
Jack is staying here with me. A suitable home wasn't found so he stays and that seems like the right thing really.