Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bonta Kun (or what we do for our Kids!!)

Bonta Kun?
He is an anime character from "Full Metal Panic Fumoffu"
DD #1 has a friend BW who has a birthday coming up at the end of November - This is the friend that I made a Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf for last birthday - She NEVER took it off ALL WINTER!! - greatest compliment in my book!!

This year DD decided that BW needed a knitted bag like "Poster Boy" from Stitch n Bitch Nation but with an anime character as BW is a HUGE and I mean HUGE fan!!

So what is BW's favourite anime character??

DD phones BW and says "I am doing a survey, What is your 5 favourite anime characters?"
BW gives them to her in no particular order - wonderful, I can choose any character!
At the end of the conversation BW says to DD "What class is your survery for?"
DD replies "Mind Your Own Business Class"

We find that the easiest character to graph from BW's list is "Bonta Kun"
Now to find an image, download it, photoshop it, & transfer it onto Knitting Graph Paper.
It took most of Monday between laundry loads. (Housework does call) LOL!!

I found an image of Bonta Kun
Downloaded it

DH took out the background in photoshop

Then the Fun started!
I ended up using a filter "Find Edges" and after cleaning it up came up with this

I then used the backdoor window pane glass to get light behind the paper and proceeded to trace Bonta Kun onto Knitting Graph Paper.

Now to start knitting this beast!!!
Yarn was in my stash - BONUS!!!

DD: Mum, BW is going to FLIP when she sees this bag, she will use it 24/7
Me: You mean she will take it to bed?
DD: (laughing) probably!!

Update: October 4, 2006
Bonta Kun Knitting Graph picture added

Lincoln County Fair

DD#1 wanted Nana to teach her to sew with her Brother Sewing machine. She was adventurous as she wanted to make a patchwork quilt for her bed. Mostly straight sewing so not too bad. She did a wonderful job & was quite pleased with herself.

The local county fair is at the beginning of September so I said to DD, how about exhibiting the quilt in the Junior Class of the Lincoln County Fair. She was enthusiastic.

After looking over the Fair booklet she decided to exhibit 9 entries in 3 catergories, Sewing & Needlecrafts, Hobbies & Crafts, & Photography.

We went to the fair on the Sunday to see her exhibits amongst the other entries & she was absolutely thrilled.

She came away $30 richer with 4 - First Place, 1 - Second Place, 3 - Third Place & 1 - Special Kid ribbons. She also got a Special Rosette for "Most points in the Sewing & Needlecrafts" catergory.

Money has been spent. LOL!!
Went to Chapters and spent it on books!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's Fall & Back to a Routine!

It's fall & the girls are back in school.
What happened to the Summer??
My Mum visited us for 2 months and we had a wonderful time. I did get some knitting done and actually got her to knit as well. She used up some of my stash! WAAA HOOO!!!

Mum's Totals
10 - Pneumonia Prevention Vest
13 - Dishcloths
plus she finished a Winnie the Pooh 1026 piece Photomosiac jigsaw - now to get it framed!!

Well I was not slacking either.
I read 16 books plus did some knitting
2 - Multidirectional Triangle Scarves
1 - Black Eyelash Scarf
2 - Scrap Square Garter Stitch Lapghans
Irish Hiking Scarf
Dust Mop Cover
Fly Cobweb Catcher

Not bad eh??