Free gift... make it tonight!!

I love seeing this on magazines, it's such an inducement to buy, sometimes. I am a sucker, and a fool and his money are easily parted.

But sometimes the gift is actually something I want to make, or have had eyes on for a while, or just know would be a 'good thing' to make, and fun to do. I got suckered this way in the last two weeks.

The first free gift is this, a lovely Maria doll. She looked so cute, and I love Russian dolls.
Alas, she lies alone and unmade, waiting for a free evening when inspiration strikes and I think, "Gosh, I must do some knitting because it is ages since I dropped any stitches or stuck my tongue out at a tricky bit of slip one, knit one slip slip stitch over"
I can't remember the last time I thought that.

The second kit I got was a bit easier to think about. See, here is George Bear.
He came with instructions, wool and the offer to "Knit George Bear TONIGHT!!"
I took up the challenge, cleared my evening and sat still, tongue in place, to complete.....

Georgie Bear. Somewhere in the evening he changed sex. The bow tie became a rather fetching and very curly ra-ra skirt, and s/he was fun to do.
The body and head are knitted in one piece, with only the arms knitted individually and sewn on. A little stuffing, a few embroidery stitches and the Princess was happy the next day when Georgie took up residence next to her breakfast.

It was a good pattern; as a knitter who dislikes sewing up and attaching lots of little pieces the whole body/head piece was beautifully simple and very effective. 

And, yes, the request for a proper George has been made. One day, I promise, one day.

Comments

  1. I totally refuse to buy a crafting mag that doesn't have a 'free' gift. Georgie looks fab and definitely needs a George too. How lovely for your daughter to receive her as a breakfast surprise. I'm glad it was an all in one pattern, more or less, as I hate the fiddly knitting teeny bits to sew up. Is it bad though that the thought going through my head was 'she's following a PATTERN...?' However, all was well when I read you'd gone off-piste and changed the gender!

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    1. I just can't follow a pattern completely; it's inbuilt. I used to drive the tutors at card making courses mad, because not only would I look at what they were teaching and go "That's Ok but I'd rather..." but I was also a really quick worker, so I'd have finished everything and be sat fiddling with bits of card and paper.
      And I followed the pattern because it was knitting and I wanted to get a handle on the shape. George might be different, a little bigger and more bearier.

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  2. Georgie is very cute! Will you show us the matryoshka when you've got round to it please? I'm a little bit obsessed with them! >.<

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    1. Me too! I had to trawl ebay to find stickers for my Filofax! I will finish her soon and post about her; but then I think I need to make an amigurumi set just for me. Might just do that instead.....

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  3. Georgina is very sweet and I'm sure she'll be much loved.
    Lisa x

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    1. Absolutely! She lives upstairs and has a fine time. Still missing her man, though!

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  4. They're both really sweet little kits. I don't buy these magazines because they're just so expensive. They feel like a maaaajor splurge for me. But I always think the exhortation to make the item "TONIGHT" is funny, like they know exactly what kind of person I am - I really am the kind of person who sits down excitedly to crochet or sew all night!

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    1. I have a cut off time now when I have to stop because of work tomorrow, but during the summer holidays I have greater leeway to stay up later and read/sew/crochet. I'm hoping my spring into summer blanket will get finished during that space!
      I don't often buy the magazines; they really did appeal to me just for the kits! And since one was a treat for the Princess after tests, it felt like a good idea!

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  5. Fabulous! I love her! I think you can call this your little splurge after exam stress. Ours are finished today, woohoo! Are yours finished too? I hate sewing up so it's great that the body and head are knitted in one piece.

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    1. Excellent to hear that exams are over for a while! Ours finished today as well. Now only the 22nd August to get through....
      Good luck!

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