Set in a luminous and beguiling magical land, this standalone novel was begun by acclaimed fantasist Wynne Jones before her death in 2011 and has been seamlessly completed by her sister Ursula, an act
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1. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
As tradition dictates, the first book of the year is by Diana Wynne Jones
Eric “Cat” Chant Crochet Doll
From The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
I have a really bad habit of starting things with the intention of selling them and then keeping them once I’m finished… Cat is an example of one of those instances. He was originally intended to be a sample dolly (much like Penny and Gloria), but then I realized after I had given him blue eyes and blonde hair that he could easily be Cat Chant from The Chronicles of Chrestomanci. And so, instead of making the more modern-looking outfit as I had originally intended, I put him in shorts and a vest and changed colors on his legs so he looks like he’s wearing white knee-socks.
When I made the Christopher Chant doll (pictured above), I followed a rather detailed description of his appearance from Witch Week. I couldn’t remember reading a really detailed descriptive paragraph describing Cat’s appearance, aside from a few sentences describing both Cat and his sister, Gwendolen, in the first chapter of Charmed Life:
"They were both fair and pale, with blue eyes, and looked good in black. Gwendolen was very pretty, and tall for her age. Cat was small for his age."
—Diana Wynne Jones, from Charmed Life
Seeing as how this was right after Cat’s parents died, however, I figured that the only reason he was described as wearing black was because of the funeral, so I didn’t want to make his clothing all black. Instead, I made his outfit sort of based on the cover of my copy of The Pinhoe Egg (which can be seen here) as well as the image I always get of Cat whenever I read one of the Chrestomanci books. This was actually the first time I had ever made pants for a doll that were not attached to the legs, but I would say that his shorts turned out quite well!
Features: Removable vest and tie.
Cat and Christopher belong to Diana Wynne Jones!
Doll made by RED of Designed by RED in June of 2013!