Thursday, December 3, 2009

our new friend - Clarence the Friendly Dragon

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I feel terrible about something I did two mornings ago. 

Let's back up a little, shall we?

The night before last I was working on a "monster" puppet Christmas gift.  It was my first one - so I was knitting with reckless abandon, as usual!.... (not really knowing what the heck I was doing, and not real sure it would turn into anything...but I had hope - I always have hope that it will turn out.)...

By the time I got done that night I was quite pleased with myself - especially since, when Jeff got home late he was full of compliments about how it looked...

(this is a terrible pic of it - but it is all I have):
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SOOOOOOOOO, yesterday morning when this little puppet looked like this (above), I put it on my hand and started "talking" it.....to Astrid....then I proceeded to pretend to eat her hand.  BAD BAD Mama.  It was one of those moments that I wish I could take back a million times over...  it sent Astrid into sheer panic.  She was so scared of that silly knitted piece of nothing....oh my gosh, it was a horrible feeling I had in my stomach to see her standing there with such BIG eyes and this deeply shocked and confused and hurt look on her face.  She looked so tiny standing there, so alone in that moment.

I was so determined to make it better.  So, yesterday afternoon when we were playing in the living room I decided to sew a bright button I had on the neck of this 'thing'...  Astrid immediately reacted positively to this change.  I started talking in a funny 'friendly' type voice and we started creating a little character.  Over the course of the afternoon I decided he sort of looked like a dinosaur.....or, hmmmmm a DRAGON!  Yes, a 'Friendly' Dragon!  I stuffed some stuffing into his head and he was looking mighty 'alive' yet still faceless.

When Jeff got home from work I darted out to find some eyes for this guy.  I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for (at first) but ended up using some black vintage buttons for his eyes.

I stayed up late adding stuffing, and used some of the materials I was going to use for last year's Christmas Monster Puppets I never got around to 'sewing' (that darn old sewing machine of mine - I always end up wanting to throw it across the room - thank God I took up knitting! he he he!)

What do you think about how Clarence turned out?  (Jeff named him):

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He has a taste for tiny toes!:
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And I just LOVE his button eyes, and gentle face:
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He is worse than Skagit when it's snack time!  Following Astrid around, begging for a nibble:
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When I showed Astrid the new friend in her life this morning it was a complete 180 from yesterday's reaction.  It was SO worth staying up until 11:30 to heat n' seal the mouth and tongue and hand sew the stuffing, mouth, ears and spine on.
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Skagit seems to tolerate him ok...so far:
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...he does, however, seem to be a sneaky little guy.  You turn your back for a second and he has crawled up on something else! 
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As far as a pattern, there isn't one.  I used the small amount of knowledge I have gained in the last few weeks about what stiches look like and the way they turn or shift when you do this... or that....But I do think I am going to write up a pattern for this one.  Can you tell I'm over the moon about the way he turned out?  I'm pretty sure I'm happier than Astrid.

Clarence was supposed to be for someone else - but the way things turned out, he's not going anywhere!  And I feel so much better that I was able to turn a horrible experience for my daughter into a dreamy one...  That is priceless.

2 comments:

dietlind said...

Oh my god, this entry is hysterically funny. I LOVE it. It kind of reminds me of the gnome from Amelie. Did you ever see that movie? How she sent the gnome on a trip around the world with an airline steward? Anyway, I WANT A DRAGON PUPPET! For myself, of course. You are so talented & creative. Your package is going out tomorrow, by the way. Look for it at the post office Friday...

Sharon Hood said...

Elizabeth, Clarence is beyond awesome! You should really write up a pattern and post the project on Ravelry. I looked at the puppets on there and your's is by far the coolest. I bet you could easily sell the pattern for $5 using a link to Etsy. I'd buy it!