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Friday, March 2, 2012

My kids don't appreciate me

While I work away on my larger projects, I managed to squeeze in a few small ones as well.  It helps to keep me entertained.

First up, I made a doll's cardigan.  Here's a funny little story.  My girls attend Rainbows.  Each week a different girl gets to take the little Rainbow doll home, and you are supposed to do fun stuff with your doll, and then write about it in her travel journal.  Since I have twins, they each get a doll to take home instead of just one of them.  One doll has a sweatshirt, and the other does not (I think perhaps because she is the neglected "back up" doll).  So I thought I would be nice and knit a wee cardigan for the one that was cold.  Mainly I did it because the girls were fighting constantly about which doll got the sweat shirt.



It is adorable, really, it is.  And I don't normally say that about the things I make.  My daughters HATE it!  They refused to use it, even though I keep putting it back on her.  Oh well, best intentions right?  Well last night at Rainbows when we were leaving a different girl had the doll to take home.  And I noticed that the doll she was holding was wearing the sweater I had made.  Apparently it was a big hit with everyone else, so much so that now she is the chosen doll instead of the other one.  I feel vindicated.



Lastly, I made this totally cute and utterly adorable Chubby Chirp. I do not normally go in for knitted toys--I find all the little parts you have to sew together totally intimidating. However, as you know I finished the baby blanket for my friend and was getting ready to ship it off to California.  Then I thought..............my friend has a 2 year old, and wouldn't he feel sad if he didn't get anything in the parcel.  The Chubby Chirp was born.  I wasn't sure about his colours because it was a variegated yarn (now finally finished from my stash) but everyone around here agrees she's pretty darn cute.  I'm making another in red right now, with the leftover from the blanket.  Totally baby safe, yarn eyes and all!



That's all for me, I'm off to knit on my top secret project.  I finally got it started yesterday and that green yarn is a dream!


29 comments:

  1. The chubby chirp is so cute, I really like the yarns you used :)

    And the sweater for the doll seemed like an excellent idea to me - glad you were vindicated!

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  2. Well - I love her jumper too!

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  3. Her little sweater is so cute! I'm glad the other girls loved it. :)

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  4. love the little sweater-and the chick is adorable

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  5. I love your Chubby Chirp. It's amazing how much kids love the knitted plush. The sweater is adorable. I'm glad that the other little girls appreciate it. We had a bear that goes from child to child at school. I knit him an Alpaca hat....I hope the other children still dress him in in now that my kids no longer get him.

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  6. Top secret project, fun! I really love the Chubby Chirp, it is super cute!

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  7. That is an adorable sweater! Shame on them for not showing you some love for it :) And your little Chirp is a perfect gift and so very thoughtful. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  8. Us parents just don't understand, we are not cool. And the things we do are not cool. Wait about 20 years and they just might come around. LOL. I think the sweater is adorable! And the Chirp, I have to admit I thought it was a puppy dog head. Sorry!

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  9. What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing it.. I think the sweater is cute on the doll..but, I'm 28 years old..not 5! ;-)

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  10. I'm still laughing over the story, such a cute little sweater, now your daughters will see it with fresh eyes! The little bird is darling too. You always have great projects and I really look forward to your blog posts!

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  11. You have been vindicated - they didn't realize they liked it until their peers told them how great it was. So cute!

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  12. Hehe cute story about the doll sweater :) I'm the same way with knitted toys, the small pieces don't appeal to me but the finished project is too cute to pass up usually!

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  13. The toddler must have loved his Chirpy?

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  14. Oh, I think the sweater is darling. I bet your girls will like it next time the doll comes over for a visit.

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  15. That's a cute story. I'm not familiar with Rainbows, is that like Brownies?

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  16. I'm glad the (indeed adorable) doll sweater is being appreciated, even if not by your daughters! I love the red, and it looks great on its model. ;)

    Such a cute chubby chirp, too, definitely an instance where the variegated yarn worked.

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  17. Such a fun story. I don't know why your girls didn't like the sweater; I think it's cute!

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  18. You win some and you lose some. For what its worth, I think that the red cardigan looks perfect, but then again I love red! Nice idea to slip in the Chubby Chirp.

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  19. The little sweater is sweet and I love that chubby chirp! It's too stinkin' cute!

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  20. Cute birdie! And nice of you to think of the 2-year-old :)

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  23. Aw, sweet that you made chubby chirp for the older child. Their whole world gets turned upside down when a new one arrives. I'm afraid I didn't appreciate my mom's handmade stuff either, although I now fully appreciate the love of handmaking she gave me. It really is a lovely little sweater.

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  24. The sweater is so adorable. It's funny how our kids aren't always the ones who dig our work... my boys are like "eh", when I show them something new. Your little chirp is the sweet sentiment that most people forget in baby gift giving. How nice for the older child.

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  25. Aww, the sweater is so great! I have similar experiences around here, though in general my kids tend to be pretty appreciative of the things I make. :)

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  26. I love the doll sweater, so cute! and the chubby chirp. Knitted toys drive me nuts with all their little pieces but I still occasionally make them just because their so cute:)

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  27. Such a good idea to include a little something for siblings when you send out a parcel :) Going to have to keep that in mind for future reference !

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  28. Cute ideas, thanks for sharing. We are so glad that you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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