Especially when they ask for specific toys.
I rarely knit toys. Most toys are knit in several pieces – little pieces – each of which then needs to be sewn and stuffed and attached to other pieces which have been sewn and stuffed.
I spent my Saturday (after preparing for the yet-to-arrive storm) sewing and stuffing.
|Three out of four, sewn and stuffed. One dinosaur (in blue instead of green) to go.|
It took much, much longer to knit all the pieces for these critters than it did to finish them. And yet … I'd so much rather knit than sew. Or stuff.
Ah, well, it isn't about me. The boys asked for badges with their names on them (they're fascinated by the Badge-a-Minit machine), medals they can wear around their necks (they saw my half-marathon finisher medals hanging in my office) and stuffed toys. Their little sister wasn't here to ask, but she's a Hello Kitty fan and I hope she can see the resemblance.
We're getting them other things, as well. But one bag – filled with love – will have all their special requests in it. Because that's what Christmas is all about.
Links to patterns: Dinosaurs. Horse. Hello Kitty.