Crafting on Deadline: Birthday Crafts, Spool Knitting and Other Late Night Craft Adventures

by jennifer

It’s been a busy week and it’s only Tuesday. I just got back from a very cool “refashion show” at the Forest Hills Fine Art Center. (Details to follow. I’m writing about it for my newspaper.) And now I’m trying to refocus on the deadline the projects I need to finish before little Abby turns 5 on Thursday.

I’m still stitching the stuffed felt birthday banner (I WILL get it done in time.), and working on a another handmade surprise requested by the birthday girl. To my absolute delight, she asked me to make her a doll, so I stayed up until 2 a.m. last night to make a doll inspired by one I saw for sale in an old Pottery Barn catalog. I made my own pattern, so there was an element of mystery to see how it would turn out. How did it go? Well, I was aiming to make a dog and I ended up with a bunny. Apparently ear shape determines a lot.

Anyway, I’m happy with the scrappy bunny that resulted from my sleep-deprived sewing experiment. And I’m thinking it’s a good sign that it passed inspection by little sister Amelia who smiled when she saw it and said: “I want one, too.”

Awesome. Now Amelia and I have to secretly make clothes and a mini apron for the birthday bunny. (Surprisingly, I have yet to burn my daughters out on aprons.)

In case you’re wondering about the photo above… I’m also working speedy spool knitting into the schedule to prep for Friday’s TV craft segment. I love spool knitting and really, really LOVE the yarn I’m using. It’s Rowan Colourscape chunky by Kaffe Fassett from Threadbender Inc. in Wyoming. I’m using this yarn to promo my Sunday column about the owner, Juliane Anderson inviting Kaffe and Brandon Mably to Grand Rapids for her store’s 25th anniversary party May 1-4. Find out more details here. There’s still space available in Kaffe’s lecture and openings in Brandon’s knitting workshops.

Okay, I need to get back to work. Cheers!

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