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Peace on Earth… and a few extra bits.

School is out. Yeh! Its been busy and I have loved it. We’ve had costume making, one pantomime, one nativity play and two carol concerts. We’ve had successes. One spoke clearly in church so I could hear her, one joined in with all the singing and actions and one danced gracefully and then played the harp (it’s the welsh blood). I’m one proud Mummy!

We also had challenging moments. A dog took a bite out of Gwinny dog. The V.E.T. shaved an A5 size rectangle on her side and stitched her up. She is feeling sorry for herself, but is doing fine. She came home drowsy and wobbly. Not much fun when you have long legs. She swayed in an alarming manner.

Now one of the many advantages of school being over is that I can start to post more of my finished handmade presents.  At the beginning of the school year, I signed a permission slip for AJ to use the internet at school. There was no check box to opt out of her viewing my blog. An oversight, I am sure.  From today, I have more control of her computer time so I am safe to post a photo of one of her presents.

I made AJ a wolf cover for her millet heat bag. It works in the same way as the BL’s polar bear cover. AJ loves wolves. When I was designing this one, I found it difficult to draw something that didn’t look like a domestic dog. Then I hit on the idea of a howling wolf and it seemed to work. I scoured the charity shops for a grey jumper to felt. I found one, but then I decided it looked better on me. In the end I knitted up a square of grey aran weight wool (95p from a charity shop 20 years ago) and felted it. Sometimes it all comes together so perfectly.

Top photo is part of my mother’s present, but as I don’t control her internet access, I can only show a little glimpse of it.

Talking of glimpses… I know Val was interested in the dinosaur templates. I keep meaning to make a perfect pdf with precise instructions and fancy arrows, but that may have to wait to next year. Too late for Christmas presents. So in the meantime, here is a photo of the doplidocus template. I hope I’ve not taken too long to post it. Please let me know if you use it. I’d love to see the results and link to any posts.

Edited: Have a look at Kate‘s dinosaur. She made a smaller version. So cute.

So wishing you all a peaceful and tranquil run up to Christmas.

12 Responses to Peace on Earth… and a few extra bits.

  • val says:

    You excellent pattern person….how lovely and in plenty of time for us!

    Sorry about Gwinny …I hope she recovers fast..it sounds like the family was on fine form for the Christmas fun, they don’t do Christmas in schools here which is a shame.

    Our two broke up yesterday and it was Husbands last day before the break today so we’re Home for Christmas..yippee

    • Cheryl says:

      It feels like they have been doing Christmas since the beginning of December at school. I can’t imagine no carol concerts or nativity play. The children all had such fun. Me too! So ready for the Christmas break. Hope you are enjoying yours.

  • Val says:

    forgot to say Love the Wolf!!!!!

  • se7en says:

    Would you look at that beautiful wolf!!! I just love it!!

  • Daisy says:

    Wow to the wolf!!!!

  • Casey says:

    Hope your doggie has a quick recovery. LOVE that wolf – just gorgeous!

    • Cheryl says:

      I can’t believe that the dog did so much damage. She is feeling the cold in the snow, with so much fur removed.

      I’m pleased with the wolf. Its all I can do not to give it to her now. 🙂

  • Fiona says:

    The wolf is gorgeous, and sorry to hear about your precious hound. I hear you loud and clear about the thin skinned, long legged types (but they are oh, so lovely – I must Blog a picture of my long legged old boy in all our snow).

    I am also super envious of yours being on Christmas hols already. Sofie doesn’t finish until the 23rd! I know she doesn’t got o school that much, but the 23rd?

    Your crafting is inspired. My New Years Resolution is that I must try harder to craft more lovely things.

    • Cheryl says:

      23rd!!!! That is late. Hope you get longer after Christmas.

      Gwinny needed a lot of hugs the first few days, but is settling down now. Not sure how she is going to react when she meets the dog again, which she is bound to do eventually.

      Good luck with your new years resolution. I love crafting. So satisfying.

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