Midwinter Sew-a-thon? Midwinter Craft-a-Thon? Midwinter Meetup? Call it what you will, it was awesome. A couple months ago Liz and Eleanor and I decided we must have a winter day together where we could sit and stitch and enjoy. [And the whole reason it came about/was called that is because this is the first year in many many years I did not attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting. So it was wonderfully odd and refreshing to say Midwinter and not have it mean meetings.]
We ran out of firewood during the cold spell a few weeks ago and got some more just in time for us to be able to have a cozy fire. Paul took the kids to the movies and we settled in in front of a marathon of bad/wonderful tv (House Hunters Int’l. and Four Weddings. Read Eleanor’s description of it here.) For snacks I made bacon and cheddar muffins, orange-curry nuts, and hot candied nuts. Oh, and chocolate cookies. The cookies came out so beautiful, but I neglected to photograph them.
I wasn’t sure what I’d make (I wanted a hand stitching project) and then I saw Liz’s Negatron (the negative Valentine robot.)
That inspiration turned into…Pirate Robot. Here’s my sketch and cutting out shapes.
And here’s the finished product!
I used metallic thread for his hook, and of course instead of all wheels he’s got one peg leg. I’m delighted with him and Clark was superthrilled I made something for him. Of course, what do you do with it? I’ll be putting a back on it and a loop to hang it. Not really a fun toy for a kid, but nice to look at. And of course now I want to do a whole series of robots. Santa robot…valentine robot….knight robot…what else could I do?