Asta

Asta, a cloth doll by Atelier Björkåsa

When a chilly autumn wind is dancing through the garden and the trees are heavy with apples, your siblings and I put on warm jumpers and woolly hats, slip in our wellies and get ready to fill our baskets.

Behind the wood pile, as every Saturday, you sit in the high grass, deep in a book, on page fourteen. It could start to snow blue glitter and a unicorn could stand between the raspberry bushes – you wouldn’t look up until you have finished your book. Not even the prospect of a warm apple pie would make you lift your freckled nose.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier BjorkåsaAsta, I say, we’ve all put on warm jumpers and woolly hats, slipped in our wellies and are ready to fill our baskets with apples. Whereupon, all of a sudden, you look twisted with pain. I know that look. As every Saturday (page sixteen, perhaps), your right knee starts to hurt, a lot.

You better rest a little before joining us, I say, and you nod, eagerly, before you limp towards the house, with your book under the arm. Poor Asta.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

I put a plaster strip on your knee, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page twenty-five, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier BjorkåsaBut when I come back, after basket number six, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee, now your elbow does hurt as well.

I put a bandage around your arm, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page fourty-one, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

But when I come back, after basket number eight, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee and an aching elbow, now you also have fever, poor girl. Such high temperatures would require that I call an ambulance immediately, but perhaps that can wait a little still?

I bring you a glass of water, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page fourty-nine, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier BjorkåsaBut when I come back, after basket number twelve, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee, an aching elbow and high fever – now your tummy hurts as well.

I bring you a hot-water bottle, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page eighty-three, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

But when I come back, after basket number thirteen, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee, an aching elbow, high fever and a hurting tummy – you also have an itchy throat. Whatever that is (I suppose you mean ‘sore’), but let me find a remedy for that.

I bring you a little bottle filled with elderflower cordial, wrap a woollen shawl around your neck, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page ninety-two, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

But when I come back, after basket number fifteen, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee, an aching elbow, high fever, a hurting tummy and an itchy throat. The little scratch on your left thumb (that the cat has given you the other day) has started to tingle.

I make you a cool leg compress, bring you peppermint pastilles, tuck you between cushions and blankets and tell you I am back in twenty minutes or so. Page one hundred and four, and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

But when I come back, after twenty minutes or so, after your siblings and I have filled the last crates and baskets, after I have peeled apples, melted butter and put on the oven, you seem much, much more worse. Not only a sore knee, an aching elbow, high fever, a hurting tummy, an itchy throat and a tingling scratch on your left thumb, now also earaches have set in!

Poor, poor Asta, I say, and I tie a scarf around your head, open the windows to let in fresh air, change the plaster strip on your knee, make sure that the hot-water bottle still is warm and bring you another glass of water. Page hundred and thirty-seven (ten more left) and you seem to do much better already.

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

When I come back, after twenty minutes or so, after your siblings and I have whipped the cream, let the apple pie cool off and put plates, spoons and tea cups on a tray, you seem much, much more better.

No sore knee, no aching elbow, the fever has dropped, your tummy stopped to hurt, both your throat and your left thumb are neither tingling nor itching and your earaches have magically disappeared. Hundred and fourty-seven, finally – and no more pages left.

You close your book, put on a warm jumper and a woolly hat, slip in your wellies and then you join us for tea and cake in the garden, under the apple tree, and a chilly September wind is dancing through the garden.

(It is a scientific fact that reading books improves one’s health, I’ve heard on the radio the other day. Fascinating, isn’t it?)

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier BjorkåsaAsta is a 17″ custom doll that I finished in May but first now had time to go through all the photos I have taken of her (a fate Asta shares with quite a few dolls whose stories I still haven’t had the time to post).

The customer asked for a similar outfit to the one Kiki has been wearing in this post – a stripey long-sleeve shirt, a dotted skirt with a heart appliqué, leggings and red shoes as well as a warm knitted scarf. Asta did also travel to her new family in a comfy nightgown and – as all my dolls – with a pair of undies, a tote bag, lavender sachet and care set.

Quite a few of you have been in touch with me recently and asked for doll nightwear – and I plan to soon offer several sets of pyjamas and nightgowns for 17″/ 45cm and 22″/ 55cm dolls in my webshop, stay tuned!

Warmly,

Juliane

Asta, a 17" cloth doll by Atelier Bjorkåsa

 

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10 Comments

  1. awesome… love every little step you and your sweet dolls are making… greetings grom Austria ❤

  2. Kristiina

    ich habe schon am Morgen gewusst, dass heute ein wunderbarer Tag kommt :)
    Gute Gesundheit für Asta!

    • Juliane

      Ich glaube, das war nur ein kleiner Anfall von Literaturitis, sie ist wieder kerngesund ;-)

  3. Oh Asta I’m not sure how much of your illness is real…..but your cheeks are a little flushed so maybe I believe you.
    This would make a lovely little children’s book Juliane
    Susie x

    • Juliane

      Thank you for your kind comment, dear Susie. So glad you enjoyed Asta’s story!

  4. Donna Ross

    Delightful narrative & photographs, thank you!

    • Juliane

      Thank you, dear Donna! Asta is feeling much, much better already (I guess that apple pie did the trick ;-)

  5. liebe Juliane… wie immer wunderschön! Der Gesichtsausdruck von Asta ein einziger Traum, die ganze Geschichte soooooooo lieb auf Bayrisch sogt ma einfach nur liab! Weiterhin viel Erfolg auf deinen kreativen Wegen wünscht von Herzen Linda (Puppenmachkurs 2012 über den ich mich heute noch freue)

    • Juliane

      Liebe Linda,

      wie schön, daß Du hier vorbeischaust! Natürlich erinnere ich mich noch gut – war aber auch zugleich erschrocken, daß inzwischen fünf Jahre vergangen sind!

      Ganz liebe Grüße aus dem Norden – ich hoffe, Du genießt den Herbst!

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