This project has been on the go since June. I was trying to create something handmade which a boy of nine years old would appreciate and not be too weirded-out over.
You know how they are.
All Minecraft and sport and iPod and stuff.
There is only so much cutesy, heartlfelt, homemade love that growing boys will accept from their MamaBear. Sigh.
My Bear is growing up so fast that sometimes I just want to squeeze him tight and kiss his precious cheeks and tell him to be little for a bit longer.
But that is not to be, so I must embrace my maturing young man, and ever so subtly squee at the hints of boyishness which sometimes appear.
An unexpected hug.
A request for help with homework.
An evening snuggle.
All things which I am sure to miss when he is all grown up.
This is a cushion cover which was meant to be for Bear's birthday, but I didn't quite get the job done in time. In all honesty, the only thing holding up the completion is my evasion of the dreaded weaving in of ends.
Why don't I weave them in as I go? Why won't I learn?!
The yarns are all 8 ply crepe - a combination of Patons, Panda and Heirloom in dusky blue, dark red, sky blue, yellow, dove grey, charcoal and grey marle - as I find crepe stands up so well to wear and tear and washing. As this is a cushion for a boy, that means the chances of it getting marked with boogers and chocolate are high, so regular washing will be required.
Although this fabric appears to be uncannily similar to Michael Miller's Retro Rocket Rascals, it's a Spotlight design which I will call Little Space Dudes, of which I bought the remaining bolt when it was on sale a couple of years ago and it has been made into many a pair of pyjama pants and library bag.
I'm off to weave in those ends and attach the crochet to the fabric.