We are huge fans of blue kangaroo in this house. Whenever Miss Small does something she insists it’s “all by myself” just like Lily and blue kangaroo – it’s cute when we are loafing about the house, less so when she’s trying to put on her coat upside down and unsuccessfully climb into her car seat when the school bell’s already rung and big sister is no doubt waiting patiently in the playground. A recent blue kangaroo soft toy sold on ebay for £35! I spotted it early on, having wondered about but not bought one several years previous, and then watched in amazement as the price rocketted. So I’ve decided to sew one for Miss Small’s Christmas instead; a suitably crafty endeavour.
I sat and stared at the illustrations for ages and then at various soft stuffed animals and I just could not work out how to make it all come together. I just don’t think my brain works in that kind of 3d. Clothes, yes. Patchwork, absolutely. But toys, no. I’ve finally given in and sprung for a pattern – funky friends, from Australia, appropriately enough. Hurrah for instant download!
I now need to go up to the charity shop to try and find a blue fleece that I can cut up (so ideally less than a fiver, which will be hard going in the chi-chi charity shops near me. I mean, really, primark stuff should not cost more second-hand than it did when new…) and a cheap soft toy I can gut for its pellets.