do you have on the go at one time? a friend asked me not so long ago and i quipped '20'. i have just counted - i wasn't kidding and i know there are more in hiding! the big red one in the front of the photo is my constant with one or two more residing on the coffee table. there are others that live with the iron and sewing machine and the rest on top of the piano. i am having a very big not-yet-spring clean of my workspace and put them all on a tray. 'bloggable' said michael when i showed him! the chinese ones i adore and have collected since i was a child. i love the tiny old ones best - all faded and fragile. now, i think i shall sort out the unruly mess of pins and needles.
but still a gift for a student teacher who is leaving prairie's class today. prairie was given the job of organising a small shared lunch - this combined with the homework last night was more than enough so i offered to make the doll. and i thought it fitting that we give her a waldorf inspired doll (and she has a small daughter) i can't believe its the end of the week again, might try and put that 'ghan to bed - literally!
this is what i have dubbed this project though i think 'll have it done before the hundy days are up (have just counted - its been roughly 60 days!). i worked out i needed to make the 'ghan 10 x 10 squares = 100. i am working on no.92 so only 8 to go. michael thinks the piles look like stacks of flapjacks - i have loved making the squares and will sorely miss them. every now and then i sew in the ends - easy with only 3 colours. i have only sewn 2 rows together so that will be an arduous task - arduous but warm and it is really cold here now - there was ice on my windscreen this morning - that people is like snow in these parts!! when its all done i will certainly be showing it off! once again, thank you chris for your generosity in sharing this beautiful pattern!
ps christina, you asked about yarn brands - i am in new zealand and have used yarn from an australian chain store here called 'spotlight'. i have used their own brand plus a nz one called cleckheaton. probably not much use if you are in the states.
still on the cake toppers, i have progressed to birthdays and this is a special one. hannelore is the seed of our school. she came as a young woman in the 60s to auckland from germany and set up a waldorf kindergarten (radical stuff!) which eventually became a school. she turned 75 this weekend and the school are honouring this with celebrations today including of course, a cake!
i didn't know until i showed the doll to a friend, that hannelore used to have very long plaits.
a birthday girl has to have red bows on her shoes and french knots on her bloomers!
and a crown!
and at the end of the party be able to take off your crown.
our school fair is coming up later in the year and the craft group are making a quilt to raffle. i offered to make a block and was given a piece of unbleached calico and the fabrics to applique. the theme is love. i had three weeks to do it but i got so into it that i was done in two days. needless to say (but i will anyway) not much else got done around here!