Sunday, May 20, 2018

Off, with a bang!

The May, birthday parties for our children, have come and gone. But not without their respective dramas. David had his car damaged, while parking at Grand Central in Toowoomba - a major shopping complex. It was a hit and run, that had the paint scraped on his car door, and the mirror dangling.

It happened the day before Peter's birthday too. David was collecting last minute party supplies. It's going to be an expensive birthday, after paying the $600 excess on our car insurance. But it wasn't going to ruin our day, because cars are just things. Money comes and goes. Parties however, are about making lasting memories. Those were the important things, to invest our thoughts and feelings into.

So what of the amigurumi present, I was fervently crocheting, for his big day...


Hurry up Luigi, get dressed!


Thanks to this clever crochet pattern, I made Mario, in about a week. I had a bunch of other stuff to do, in between. So Mario patiently awaited the arrival of his brother Luigi. Thankfully, it only took about 3 days to make him. Because who can resit the Mario brothers, right?


Two men & an egg!


Not long after Luigi was finished, I had my sights set on making a Yoshi egg. Apologies to those unfamiliar, with the Mario Brothers franchise. This will all sound like gobbledygook! But strangely enough, Yoshi is a dinosaur (a happy go lucky guy) who has this ability to devour his friends and enemies, and turn them into eggs.

Normally, it's Mario's job to avoid Yoshi in the various platform games, but in this case, they make excellent babysitters! So why would Yoshi want to eat them?


The Mario gang


Luckily, the Mario Brothers, were almost the same size as Yoshi - who was an official Merchandise plushie, Peter got from his uncle, several birthday's ago. How were the amigurumi plushies, received? Well, Peter takes them to bed every night, they get up every morning and eat breakfast with him. He calls them his best friends, and even talks with them.

I was hoping he'd like them, but I was amazed how MUCH he does! Which makes the amount of time I put into them, extremely worthwhile. We seriously could have saved us some money, avoiding the other toys we purchased. They have barely had a look in.

I had a lot of fun, making the Mario brothers, too. I could easily become addicted to making amigurumi. But more than that, it was really nice to be able to give my son, something I made with my hands.


13 comments:

  1. I once knitted a Peter Rabbit, as we could not afford to buy one for our youngest daughter, she loved Peter and collected loads of items. Her first son was born last year and she got out all her Peter rabbit items, and in there is the knitted peter I made, plus a couple of purchased ones, baby Will had loads of items, but the home made one is tucked away safe.

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    1. Aw, that's so cute she still has it. I bet it had a lot serious play time, when she was younger. Best to keep it safe now though, because I know wool can deteriorate over time.

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  2. Good job, Chris. Your knitting looks fantastic. What a shame about the car! They would have security cameras at GC if you wanted to find who damaged your car. The parks there are wide enough so it must have been caused by a careless driver.

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    1. Thanks Chel. We did contact security at GC, and they said they could only verify our rego plate went in and out, at certain times, in case insurance needed verification. The cameras are mainly at the entrances and exits, and don't catch a lot of detail in the parking lot, themselves. With the extent of damage though (a wide swatch of paint) I imagine it was either a large 4WD, or a van. We're waiting to hear what the smash repairs people think.

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  3. Oops I just realised you made the birthday gift with crochet not knitting.

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  4. You clever Mummy. Your presie is delightful and it is no wonder that your little man loves them.

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    1. Thanks Jane. He loves them perhaps a little to enthusiastically. I made my first button repair yesterday, lol.

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  5. Those Mama-made gifts are extra special! So cute that he sleeps with these lovely toys you made just for him. When my boy was younger, I made him a felt dinosaur he called, "Spike-a-Long-Neck". Each night we'd tuck them both in. While toys have come and gone, Spike has been tucked away for a day when he might be passed on to another boy or girl in our family. Meg:)

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    1. What a cute name, for his dinosaur. It takes a while longer to make, than anticipated, but worth the extra effort. So glad you still have your special momentoes.

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  6. It's nice to know that Mario and Luigi aren't relics of early technology. That very first Nintendo and beating that first M&L game is a classic memory. Sorry to hear about your car though! At least all is well.

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    1. Not relics, yes, but classics. The good stuff tends to stick around, in the memory and often, gets rebooted by the franchise. Thankfully, Nintendo has done the classics, justice, in keeping them around and making them even more enjoyable.

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  7. These turned out great Chris, and how lovely that they have been initiated into best friend status! Too cute.

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    1. Thanks Laura. Still besties. :)

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