There was more work involved in making these charming creatures than I expected but, once the sewing was done, I could happily stuff and embroider whilst watching TV. As the deadline drew near, all I had left to do was the tails. I didn’t fancy stuffing a long thin piece of linen, so for now, they are tail-less! I can attach tails at a later date. I fancy doing a bit of French Knitting, so perhaps that’s the answer. To personalise the mice, I blanket-stitched around the children’s initials on the dress and shirt.
They went in my hand-luggage to England; after all that effort I wasn’t going to lose them! Knickers and toiletries could be replaced, but not individually made items like these. When I give the twins something I’ve made for them, I always say, “No other little boy or girl in the world has one exactly this.” I am fortunate in that my Mum still knits, at 91, but as a child I was the recipient of hand-made garments and toys lovingly made by her, as were my own children. I think it’s important that we treasure any gift made with us in mind. I’ll be picking up this theme in a later post, but for now, enjoy the happy faces of my grandchildren when they received their birthday mice.