JANUARY SALE!!!

Well, not a sale actually but a couple of giveaways.

Giveaway Number 1:

Who’d like the Anderson family and their bus?

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If you live in the UK and would like to play with Old Red and the Andersons just drop me a line.  The first UK resident to email me and tell me they want it, gets it 😀

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Bear in mind that it’s quite squashable so not suitable for very young children, but an imaginative child over 5 years who doesn’t play rough and would like to re-enact The Andersons stories, and make up some of their own, would get a lot of enjoyment out of Old Red and the gang 😀

Giveaway Number 2:

Who’d like to play with a knitted Reflecto Girl doll?

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She’s a soft, floppy, knitted rag doll who comes complete with her Wonder Woman bag which contains her mask and Dounto, and her friend Fifi who she walks for Mr Benson.

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If you live in the UK with a Reflecto Girl enthusiast who’d love to play with her, just drop me a line.  I will send her to the first one who does 😀

Email me at violetsvegnecomics@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you 😀

Happy New Year xxx

STOP PRESS: Old Red and family have now been claimed but Reflecto Girl is still up for grabs 😀

Knit the Andersons’ bus!

Click for Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6Part 7 and Denzel the dog 🙂

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I found this fantastic pattern online and decided to have a go at adapting it to make The English Family Andersons’ bus 😀

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The beauty of this pattern is that the bus can be played with inside and out.  As I type, Miranda is making little people (the Andersons) to live in it 😀

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So, I began with red for the outside of the bus …

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… and then made another piece in multi-coloured yarn for the inside.  The Andersons have decorated their home very colourfully so I did what I could, with the colours I had, to reproduce their bus interior.

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I made the other outside and the other inside long side of bus and then made the front and back ends, inside and out:

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I ran out of bright red yarn, so I had to finish the outside of the bus in the closest colour I had which was a sort of burgundy.  I decided that it didn’t matter because the colour of old buses does fade 🙂  Of course at this point I am not following the VW camper design, I’m trying to make it look like Old Red.

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The outside piece for the front of the bus includes the colours for the headlights, number plate, radiator and the bus number above the window.

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So that was eight pieces done – four insides and four outsides.  Then it was time to add some buttons 🙂

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The Anderson’s bus has two headlights on either side so I sewed some white buttons in position for them.  Unfortunately I don’t have any bright orange buttons for the indicators so I had to leave that for now.  I might add those with yarn later.

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I added some black stitches to the radiator.  Then it was time to start putting it together.

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To make the bus rigid, the campervan pattern provides templates to cut out pieces of plastic grid to fasten between the knitted pieces, however I decided to make these out of card.  I flattened out a knitted piece as well as I could on some stiff cardboard, drew round it and cut it out.  I didn’t cut out the individual windows, just one big window to go between the knitted windows.  The knitted frames is all that’s needed to separate them.  You’ll see what I mean.  The cardboard inserts need to be sized so that the knitting needs to be stretched taut to cover them.

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I pinned together the top and one end of the inside and outside of one side of the bus with wrong sides facing together.  Then I sewed it.

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Then I put the matching cardboard cut-out between them and stretched the knitting flat across it so that I could pin it in place at the bottom and opposite end.  I finished sewing all the way round the outside and then around the window frames.  I sewed the inside and outside knitting of the window frames together, tucking all loose ends inside, out of sight.  As I’ve said before, I am not neat at needlework, but that doesn’t matter.  It seems to work out somehow.

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That’s all I’ve got so far but I’m looking forward to putting the rest of it together.  Then I can get started on the furniture!  I’ll keep you posted 😉

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Big Blue Sky revisited

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Big Blue Sky has been digitally remastered (I don’t really know what that means but it sounds good 😉 ) – actually it’s got a new font and a new illustration and some new cover art – so I thought, seeing as it’s that time of year again, we’d re-tell Clarence and Luca’s story.  It begins here:

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continues tomorrow 🙂

or you can read the whole digitally remastered 😉 story here now 😀

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