It’s finally happened. I have created a monster. Literally.

Here he is enjoying my 30th Birthday party:

Dino likes to party

Dino likes to party

Dino face

Dino face

Not the greatest shots but I’d only just finished him in time to gift him to my friend for her Birthday, so took these snaps before she was about to leave for home. I am very proud that I’ve finished him – he’s bigger than any of us expected, despite the fact that I read the ‘finished measurements’ recently. While he’s not quite as dinosaury as I had hoped he would be, but he’s a jolly little fellow, and my friend likes him, so that’s a win!

In the end I did need some assistance with the neck ruff, and even with mum’s expert advice, we could not work out how to do the picot edging for the green spikey bit, so I used felt instead. As I was knitting up to the wire, I got mum involved with the horns too. She loves to assist with my knitting.

I am now so excited to start another knitting project, and I think it will be my jumper. Yeay!!!

Approaching the 12 month deadline…

So, when I say to myself that I work better with a deadline….that mainly seems to be true of the workplace only! I am very close to finishing some of the projects on my “12 months, 12 projects”, but I’m going to work along the lines of  Samuel Beckett when he said “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” I will fail better!

But I don’t really think that I’ve failed, far from it. I have discovered the joy of patchwork quilting, and am sure that the quillow will be finished by Christmas. I’ve even rediscovered the joy of knitting, even if I don’t have a jumper to show for it, yet. I have a 99% finished dinosaur, which will be done this week as I need to give it as a gift, and this is something I would never have completed before setting myself this task.

This week, I even transformed a regular little black dress into an 80’s wonder, with the help of a £1 strip of bright pink velour. If that’s not something to be proud of, I don’t know what is!