I finished this little clown up this morning. I originally intended it for H, to take some sting away from the fact that I plan to knit a little multi-colored elephant toy for C. But when I asked H if he would like one, he said no. But then he brightened up and offered to help me make it for C. So it went. H impressed me. He cut out many of the circles, did some of the stitching (with assistance), and gathered up many yoyos too. And he helped assemble the final product. I even convinced (coerced?) Brad to help out, gathering up a few of the yoyos.
It was lots of fun to make. I think I could maybe get into the handsewing thing. I’ve never loved sewing on a machine, and a couple of years ago it started to dawn on me that it’s at least partly because I don’t like being tied to the machine (obviously, that’s not the whole problem, since I do enjoy spinning on my wheel. It’s only slightly more portable.) But handsewing really takes care of that issue! I have a book on general needlework from the library right now I’m perusing. I used it to help me figure out how to put hair on this little guy. Um, the doll, not the babe.
I got the idea for this clown from the book “MaryJane’s Stitching Room” by MaryJane Butters. I read her weekly column, which is published in the local paper, also, and I’ve paid enough attention to know that (1) I like some of what she offers and (2) she has awesome hair.