Some of the first softies I made were adapted from this wonderful free Wee Bunny pattern from Wee Wonderfuls, and they were gifts for or requests from friends. Since those friends like cats (and dogs) more than bunnies, I decided to adapt the pattern — which was easy, since all I did was change the shapes of the ears and tails.
I’ve made several over the course of the past year. I think they turned out great, if not entirely perfect (due to my lack of skill). I actually developed callouses on my fingers from hand sewing these, because some of the felt materials I used were quite stiff and tough to sew through by hand. I broke several needles, even (where to buy tough ass hand sewing needles, I wonder?). But I did have fun making these, and I loved how my friends appreciated my efforts.
The first kitties I made from the Wee Bunny pattern. I simply changed the shape of the ears and embellished them with other details. I used button nips for eyes, and embroidered the other details on the faces. The whiskers and tails are made from felt.
So I had been sick the entire week before Christmas. It started with a scratchy feeling in my throat, which I noticed right after watching the live action movie of Samurai X with my brother and mom (awesome movie, by the way!). And then on top of that I caught another bug which escalated to a few days of nasty cough and fever.
It’s one of the “pitfalls” of working from home on graveyard shift – compromised immunity. And since I rarely leave the house, I haven’t developed the necessary defenses against colds and flus, so I’m more susceptible when I do go out and mingle with crowds.
A lot of Christmas chores/crafting/plans have been thrown off by my sickness. But I did manage to finish most of my Christmas ornaments, and the little Christmas crafts I sent to my workmates. But before showing you those crafts, I just wanted to share some of the goodies I brought home from Davao/GenSan/Sarangani.