But I got of a bit lightly this year. No sewing required. Well I could have if I wanted to create an awful LOT of work for myself!
BJ decided this year he wanted to be Bofur a dwarf from The Hobbit. Ekkk... he made the decision based on his furry hat that he had been given for his birthday I think.
The picture he showed me first up with this one...
Thank goodness this was weeks ago so I had time to think about it...
A visit to one large op shop did the trick. Turns out ladies clothing includes lots of brown jackets, but finding one small enough was the trick. I didn't think over size was going to matter a great deal though for the character. So this one worked out well, a nice Miss Shop suede jacket with furry bits. lol (he doesn't know it is a girls jacket!)
Anyway, Bookweek is over again for another year. Next year will be dressing up 2 of them!
Quite pleased with Juneau's blanket. It came up really pretty. Being a stash buster I did get lots of acrylic yarn used up. That was the aim. It's about 1m square... The boys enjoyed it. I would ask them to pick the next colour out of the bag for me. So they did have some input & enjoyed it too. The ends weren't even so bad to weave in, even with the extras in the middle of rows when I joined short bits of the colours.
I still expect I have enough to do another easily but I don't have the small coloured fun scraps left like from this one. This has bits from BJ & DJ's ripple blankets, about 5 of my crochet square samplers from the last few years & probably some other one or 2. So there is a bit of variety.
Another bag of scrap, or not so scrappy acrylic yarn. I have no idea why there is so much in my cupboard. Anyway, after the bag of short bits I have started on this bag. I removed all the balls that were still brand new & am making my way through the partial balls to use them up.
The triangle is getting bigger! I will decide when the side is at a metre whether to make it a little bigger or not but a metre seems pretty good for the dog. Then I hope to start the decreasing!
It always amazes me what is hiding in a bag of scrap yarn! Do you have a pile of bits? This is one little orange bag I had small scraps stashed in. They boys sometimes use bits of it to stick on things. But I have had in mind a plan to use them & the other acrylic scraps left over from my many acrylic blankets. I tried the corner to corner crochet blanket in the past week & it's great. A good pattern to start off using the small bits.
So I started the night with this mess...
& so far so good...
It's a good way to use up bits & who really cares in the end about colours & orders etc... This is for my dog Juneau anyway. She sure won't mind.
I just love to see what a bag of scraps is in disguise!
DJ & I finally got to take Daddy & BJ to the special beach.
This beach was a rubbish tip a whole lot of years ago. Currently it is popular for people to visit to find seaglass & crockery & china bits from way back then. The weather wasn't good which is obvious from the coats, but it was all fun anyway with a nice haul of seaglass, rocks & shells to take home.
Every time we have our knitting get together I get so inspired each time. Last time I ended up casting on a new thing that night. I had planned to do it for a while but it was only earlier that week I remembered some yarn stash I had that might work for it. So I checked it out & there was enough for one but not another. So I started.
On the weekend I finished it. It was about 6 weeks I think.
It's called Tea with Jam & Bread. I have made it before in a child size. But like the simplicity of the pattern for myself, although I had never done pockets before. So, that was my challenge that I was determined to learn. I did it.
Yay, learnt something new! Used up yarn stash! Have a new jumper for myself!
Playing a bit of crochet catch up again. Yesterday I managed the top square Butterfly Garden & then today being a snow day with a very rare event of snow falling at home, there wasn't much better to do than whip up Waldo's Puzzle in between watching the weather change, listening to reading & waiting for dinner to cook. I think I got the rings in the right place this time too! I have done it once before & it was only when I was finished that I realised I still had it wrong. Seems OK this time. I've been so busy knitting but it feels good to have these done now too.