I really wanted to capture this child in a doll! My creative muse has been on an extended vacation, and I've been a bit aimless without it. Seeing this child was the spark I've been waiting for, apparently. That, and a look through Joyce's (that's Dutzie to those of you in the Flickrverse) Lily dolls. She has taken this free pattern offered by Lily Sugar&Cream and created the most wonderful crochet dolls. Take a look here:
Joyce's Lily Doll photostream
Thus Kenya was born, from a child glimpsed in the park and the inspiration of a friend. Kenya has a jointed head, based on this tutorial:
Simple Move-able Neck Jointing
And knee joints based on this tutorial by Joyce:
Ball Jointed Arms and Legs
The basic body is from the Lily Sugar&Cream site, which requires you to register, but this is free.
Kenya is a nice size, just under 12 inches tall, and the Lily site has a number of outfits for this doll, crocheted from Lily Sugar&Cream cotton yarn. I used Vanna's Choice in chocolate for the doll, and Sugar&Cream for her dress and sweater.
Enjoy the day, and enjoy the crochet!