I rarely have pattern ideas drifting around in my head anymore. Mostly because I think there isn't room for them with all the rest of life rushing by me. The other day, however, I was trying to decide what to make for the Bug and his two cousins for holiday gifts. Because we all get together for Thanksgiving, I always need to get a jump on these things. And this year especially because I am working so much outside of the house.
The Bug has a new, wonderful, fascination with stickers and markers. Senor and I now can sit through dinner and chat or enjoy the food (imagine!) if we have a sheet of stickers handy. Markers are more interactive, often requiring one of us to be directly involved. But still, generally a quiet, low banging activity that can last ten or more minutes.
On our upcoming Thanksgiving trip we will be spending more than 24 hours in the car total. Twenty six I think. Le sigh. We love all you people and can't wait to see you. But that is a lot of hours in the car with a 2 year old.
I came up with something which I think will help both issues. The idea isn't original, but I did go ahead and buy my own supplies and draft the pattern myself. Amazingly, it worked perfectly. I made three without much more effort than one would have taken. Two days of concerted effort. Three amazing, useful gifts for little boys.
There are a couple finishing touches and then I will share final pictures. Here is a sneak peek.