Last night, I dreamt that aliens had descended and were choosing people to take with them.
I was one of the people forced to go, but I seemed strangely unbothered. I don't think I had any children in my dream ( maybe ) because the only thing I was concerned about was ' OH NO - I HAVEN'T GOT ANY KNITTING TO TAKE WITH ME ! '
So, I woke, and got up at 6.30 this morning, and immediately wound some of my favourite yarns into a big fat ball of wool..
cut two body pieces and two ears from felt - preferably wool felt as it's sturdier.
place the ears like so
and then fold the front of mousey to the back of mousey, sandwiching his ear like this
pin and stitch
and you should get this.
Next, stitch a little tail into place, you can cut a small strip of felt or use embroidery thread.
Place right sides of mousey together, pin and stitch leaving a gap at the bottom for turning.
Turn the right way round, stuff, embroider his nose and eyes...
and hey presto ! - a mouse is born.
Next his bed, use felt or I made mine from a strip of woollen blanket
fold along line A, pin and stitch the sides to make the pillow end, and then applique some little pieces of cheese to t'other end as shown.
I also sewed a little line of decorative (wonky) stitching to stop any fraying, and to look pretty.
Now fold along line B, pin and stitch sides and then turn the right way around.
Ha ha ha..
this way around, it looks like a monster. Hmmm.. he could be a monster for holding tissues maybe ?
Put a little stuffing into the pillow and stitch closed.
If you want to make this with your children, it can all be hand stitched, or if they're getting on your nerves you can let them use the sewing machine and hopefully they will stitch their mouths shut at the same time ( did I mention that we're ONLY half way through the school hols ? ).
William is a 6" tall mohair wolf, with cotter pin-jointed head and thread jointed arms and legs. Being very young, he's not quite house-trained so is wearing his favourite pair of quick-to-pull-off lucky pants.
William has a best friend called Marjorie
she's a 1/2" high mohair elephant, who worships the ground William walks on.
William in turn is a vegetarian and would never dream of harming - let alone eating, any kind of animal or human. In fact, Red Riding Hood is also one of his best friends.
William has a favourite slipper toy
which he likes to put on his nose
And he loves to roll around on the floor playing with his jingly ball and his bone.
When he's finished playing he likes to have a munch on his chew sticks,
(he's teething you know, and it's very tough to be teething when you're a wolf cub).
And then likes to have a little nap in his bed with his friends -
Sorry, I haven't had the chance to do the mousey pattern yet, but it will be done very soon I promise, I'll also do a very easy how-to for his bed.
I've been very busy putting together a little someone for the one in ten auction, I found Eireann in my spam box at the beginning of this week ( along with a lot of other e-mails that shouldn't have been there - if you've mailed me and I haven't replied it's because you've been languishing in my spam box too. I do apologise ), so it's been all systems go on getting my contribution ready.
In the meantime I'll show some pics from the summer Cotton time magazine.
At last the sun came out, I ventured out into the swamp garden today, and managed to do a bit of this,
that's the first little quilt I made for Molly when she was a baba - you can see I've been pretty consistent with my wonky piecing over the years.
We also managed to do a little crafting in the not so muddy areas of the garden ...
Who lives in here ?
with her appliqued sleeping nest - designed and made by Molly. She loves making these mice, I'll put up a simple little pattern next week if anyone wants one ?
And then there was Mr Partridge..
designed by Billy, to hold birthday money for his friend Lewis,
Happy Birthday Lewis !
Thank you for my birthday wishes, you really are a lovely lot, and thank you too for your concern over the recent floods, and thank you most of all for taking the time to leave me a comment, I'm so sorry that I can't respond to each and every one of you, particularly at the moment as I've been away from the computer for a while and my in-box is full to over flowing. Tonight though, the kids are camping in the garden with Daddy * so I shall be having a bit of piece and quiet, pouring a big old glass of red, and catching up on my e-mails and blog-reading. Bliss.
Happy friday !
* I don't *do* camping- Daddy takes care of that. I like to sleep in a nice comfy bed, indoors, in the warm, without weird animal noises going on around me. I'm funny like that.