So, like any mom, I would do just about anything to avoid taking all three kids along to the store with me. Currently, I try and do all my shopping at the ungodly hour of 8 am on school days so I only have to take Sam along. It's a good system. Usually he's too sleepy to do much complaining. I just give him a cup of juice and, since there is almost no one else in the store, we're in and out before he knows what's happening.
Occasionally, I will go to even greater lengths. For example, the daughter of our good friends had a party for her second birthday yesterday. All of us were invited and all my kids wanted to participate in picking out a gift. I could just imagine it- all four of us in the toy aisle of WalMart holding four different toys and arguing why our choice was the best. There would be tears. Probably mine. Not a pretty picture. So, I announced I would make something instead. All the kids told me their ideas, which I ignored and made what I wanted- a knit doll with her own quilt, pillow and moses basket.
The doll is a free pattern I have knit before. Details on my Ravelry Page.
I am rather proud of it's little rainbow striped hat.
I actually took the time to match the quilting thread on front so on back I ended up with a cute little rainbow of threads. I'm pretty proud of that.
The Moses Basket is cobbled together from a couple of different online tutorials. I could definitely do better. It's actually a bit too big for this size of doll- except for the sides which are a bit too short. The lining didn't want to lay flat. And would you look at that huge pucker on the bottom? I'm trying to not go all perfectionist on it and make three more until I have it just right.
So that's it. Hours and hours spent on a project just to avoid half an hour in the toy department with all my kids. Totally worth it. And, I spent $0. Everything came from the scrap bin and leftovers from other projects. Not too shabby.