. . . they are making paper mache giraffes.
Or is it a Giraffe and a Half?
(don't'cha just love Shel Silverstein?)
DH and I went out to dinner with some friends on Saturday night. When I got home DD#1 showed us how she had spent her time while we were gone. Nope, it's not a school project. For some reason she just got the urge to make a giraffe.
Perhaps it was the circus tent her sister made a few evenings before.
The circus tent is for their art class. The teacher caught wind of the fact that there is some sewing going on in our house and asked DD#2 to make a tent to house all of the circus animals that the class is making. DD#2 begged me for help, but frankly I was way too caught up in which color stripe should be next. So the poor neglected child was left on her own to "figure it out". (One of my favorite "Mom Sayings", BTW. It works equally well when they fight or are have minor homework issues.) Of course left to her own devices, figure it out she did. She used an old umbrella, sketched out some pattern pieces and spent the evening sewing. She's pretty darn proud of the results and so am I!
And since we are on an animal theme today, I give you Owly who was made as a stocking stuffer way back in December. I found the pattern here. Super cute, super quick! Perfect for last minute crocheting.
I used alpaca left over from the mitts you see embracing him. "What's the brand of the alpaca? What's the weight?", you ask. I've got no idea. It was just something I had laying around. No mitts pattern either. I made them up as I went along. DD#1 wanted some that were really long at the fingers so that she could leave them up or roll them down as needed.
Now that my darling son has discovered the joy of handknit socks, I'm in a bit of a pickle. He's only got two pair and refuses to wear anything else. They stay on his feet until I tear them off to be washed. Poor lad. Both pairs were still wet this morning. Perhaps I need to teach the boy to knit socks. Hey mom, Aunty Lisa? If you are reading this, Anders would like a pair of socks. Size? BIG.