Wednesday, January 6, 2010

18. Finish crocheted mobile for J-cub's room

I've been working on this for about 5 months (not non-stop, there were plenty of times when it sat in a bag for weeks on end). I realised today that actually, all the components were made, and it just needed putting together.

We had another snow day today, and J-cub has come down with a raging cold - high temperature, listless, exhausted, hungry, pouring with snot and just very very miserable. So he's mostly been parked in front of the telly, as anything else made him cry. That gave me plenty of time to get on and do it, and do it I did, but I still didn't finish until about half-past midnight (it still counts, right?!).

I am exhausted. My fingers are covered with pin-holes, my eyes are aching, my back is sore, but I am so, so happy. It's the most intricate thing I've ever made, and it's almost defeated me (I read the pattern wrong, which means I also have a bag of unused crocheted leaves, each one took about 10 minutes to make, and there are SEVENTY of them).

Hopefully J-cub will love it. There was a little pink bird which hung above his head in his moses basket when he was little, and he fell desperately in love with it. We found some video earlier of a very tiny J-cub, frantically waving his arms about, and cooing to this little bird. When he outgrew the moses basket, the bird was safety-pinned to the canopy of his pram, where they carried on their love affair. Birdie now lives in the soft toy basket, occasionally to be taken out and chewed.

Maybe the mobile might be a bit too late, developmentally, but I don't care. I love it, and it'll look nice in the nursery.

Day 36: Mission complete.


the heartful blogger said...

That is beautiful!!!!! And I don't think any child (or child at heart) could be too grown up to appreciate such a lovely thing!

Glovecat said...

It's very lovely, how can J-cub NOT love it? I like the romantic story about the pink bird too. Now, are you telling us that there are SEVENTY spare leaves?! Perhaps they could be attached to a string of fairy lights, for extra foliage? Wow, that's a lot of work, Beth! :)

Beth said...

Thanks girls ;)

The pattern said 'Make as many leaves as you want', so I counted up the number of leaves in the photo of the finished pattern, and hence made seventy. Then when I carried on reading the pattern (after making 70 of the bloody things), I found out that the leaves on the vines are PART of the vines, i.e. you make them as you make the vines. The individual leaves are supposed to be for sewing onto the circular branch, but I didn't need any as each of the vines attach to the branch with a leaf, and I couldn't have fitted any more loose ones on there. Ah well! I'm sure I'll find something to do with them ;)