Saturday, April 10, 2010

bon anniversaire!

I can't believe my youngest niece, Ruth, is turning one today! Seems like only yesterday I was scratching my head over her Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise sweater and praying she would be a girl because the unisex colours I'd chosen were clearly not ideal for a boy!

This leopard-kitty is what I made for Ruth's birthday this year. Apologies that it is slightly out of focus - I was snapping its picture hurriedly before packaging it up and heading to the post office. It was very simple to make (although I still somehow managed to mess up completely and this was actually my second attempt - shh!) using the kitty/bunny/bear pattern by Hilary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls. All three creatures have the same body, but different heads. I made the bunny for Kim (Ruth's big sister) a couple of years ago, so I thought it would be nice to give Ruth something the same but different. I hope she likes it! I am the only one of my family not in France at the moment :( It probably explains why I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. Had you noticed? Ha!

I may be back later with a nice summery song - if I can find the one I'm looking for - to help you enjoy the sunshine or to imagine it if it's not this sunny where you are. I'm staying in and crafting like a crazy person today but am enjoying having the windows open and letting in a bit of light and fresh(ish) air. That said, the minute I opened the craft room window, a big bumble bee flew in and couldn't get out. It was not easy saving it from the cats and saving the cats from it, but it's back in the wild now. Poor Poppy got stung by a wasp when she was only little and her paw swelled up to the size of a golf ball. In the end though, I think she was more traumatised by the vinegar foot spa I forced on her!


  1. Perfect present! And so much nicer because it's been especially made. I made my youngest niece a crochet doll when she was born which she adores. The failed first attempt is still on our bookcase and every time she visits she thinks it's hers and comandeers it until it's wrestled out of her grasp upon leaving! x

  2. Your failed attempt must have been pretty good if it gets mistaken for the success! I suspect you must have high standards...? The failed first attempt of this was recycled into the scraps pile and some of the pieces were rescued (got to love the trusty stitch ripper) to be used in this second attempt Frankenstein stylee. It took me months to find that leopard print fabric (for lavender Pat backing) so I was not letting any of it go to waste without a fight. I have spoken to the birthday household now and the leopard kitty is a definite hit with the birthday girl's mum at least :)


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