Thursday, June 29, 2006

I'm a sleepy slacker.

This has been a l-o-n-g week. Last Friday I was asked to be a Girl Scout Day Camp leader. I did this last year and it was fun. But last year I had almost 2 months to plan our activities, purchase supplies, etc. This is not the case this summer and there is only a little over a week left before camp. As a result I've been running wide open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. My sanity and creativity are stretching pretty thin.

The only knitting I've done is the sock bag for the Knit Sock Kit Swap. Originally this was going to be a simple, but cute machine sewn fabric bag. Given the poor relations between sewing machines and me, compounded with new time restriction experimentation and do-overs were not options.

My pal likes green, red and purple. She also collects hearts. With this in mind I set out to create a quick and easy felted bag. But because I thought a pattern wasn't necessary the "quick and easy" bag turned into something time consuming (although still simple). The bag turned out okay... it's functional. However, that whole 4-H crafty look is quite evident.

Ironically, I still ended up having to sew the lining. The handles are detachable so she'll have the option of a using short handle or a shoulder strap. The shape is a little wonky, but extra chocolate may be just the necessary distraction. Maybe a bottle of wine too. Can we send wine?

Because the chances of my swap recipient seeing this are slim to none



(I don't think she's ever been here before) I'll throw caution to the wind and post photos.

Tomorrow I'm going to bake some cardamom bread (Finnish coffee bread) and knit a hat for my Dad's birthday... I hope. Here's where I plead with the powers that be to let tomorrow be errand free so I can stay home. If all goes well I may have time to soak and reblock the afore-mentioned "crafty" bag!

In the meantime, if anybody knows any giraffe songs or giraffe crafts I'd be delighted to hear from them. (Our camp group will be the tan and brown giraffes and they are third grade level) I can only think of one song remotely relating to giraffes. And now the theme from the Toys-R-Us commercial is stuck in my head.

4 Comments:

Blogger sopranospinner said...

Although I assume you've googled "giraffe craft", I did get a good page of links including giraffe crafts at

http://www.giraffelinks.com/

I understand trying to plan activities quickly, I'm a Brownie and Daisy leader, myself!

Good luck!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I hate to break it to you, but the bag is adorable. You are so HARD on yourself. Cut it out!!!!!!!!!! I am absolutely no help on the giraffe issue. Thank goodness for sopranospinner. You are one very very busy lady. Take care and have a fantabulous weekend. HUGS TO YOU GIRL!

6:51 AM  
Blogger aija said...

I love the bag!! The lining is great, and I think that tag is so special :)

9:06 AM  
Blogger ferg said...

Heide Darling, I have just made some really sweeping statements about grammar and stuff and now I need to pay the blogger who gets really biffy and can come up with the goods. How do you handle a competition? I know you win a lot !!!!!!!
What to do for the best....Cheers Gillian

4:17 AM  

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