Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Rainbow

I have been wanting to make a pencil roll for my kids ever since I got this book, last Christmas. It only took me a year to get around to it. Better late then never, right?


We have been storing our pencils and crayons in a very used freezer bag, for quite sometime now. I got the motivation to get this project done last night. This was so much fun to make. At first, I did not think I would have all the colors of the rainbow in my scrap basket. I did. In fact, I had some trouble deciding which shades to use. Thanks to Kristena for sending beautiful purple scraps for her quilt block this month. I had no purple in my stash, then remembered I had a few strips leftover in my sewing closet. Phew.
Note to self: Buy more purple fabric.



I was so excited to get all the pencils sharpened and placed in there. Frank thinks I should wait until Christmas, and slip it under the tree. I kind of want to give it to the kids now. What would you do?

31 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

That is so perfect!!! I'd wait - nice little christmas present to the 3 of them!
Kris

Ashley said...

How clever!

APA said...

I love those pencil rolls! And yours is adorable, of course, with all the wonderful fabric from your stash. Yes, purple is a must!

I agree with your husband and Kris...if you can stand it just a little longer, wait until Christmas. They'll love the little extra treat found under the tree!

Missy said...

I've been wanting to make one of these forever too. Yours turned out so cute! I think you just motivated me to go through my scraps.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's beautiful. I would put it under the tree ~ it really is a special gift.

Java Mama said...

It looks so pretty on the table! How about giving to them on the first day of Addison's school break as a pre-Christmas treat? It will almost be Christmas and they can use it while you are all home together?? Great job!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

So effective! Purple in the one colour I don't have much of either - isn't it funny how we always gravitate towards certain colours!

bakeandsew said...

Under the tree :-)

crochetgurl said...

Wow, that is so gorgeous! Does this mean you make your own DPN/needle cases too? :-)

The Slop Queen said...

Cool! If you can stand to wait, I'd hold off until xmas. They'll love it!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Very Cute! I agree with Frank. I would want to get some Christmas mileage out of it!
oh and Katie after a little encouragement from you and a couple of others, I am wearing my sweater vest out in public tonight. I hope it doesn't start unraveling in the middle of Target!

FinnyKnits said...

That will be a big Christmas hit - wait!!

Also, totally awesome. You're awesomeness. Your kids are so lucky.

Jessica said...

That turned out absolutely perfect!

sewstylish said...

I've made one of those too and my kids love them. I even made them to fit some of my knitting needles. You could have the "elf" bring them if you can't wait until Christmas. My Mom used to leave little gifts after Thanksgiving up until Christmas maybe once or so in a week that the Elf would bring. Stickers, candy, pencils things like that. So I've been carrying on the tradition with my children who get so excited and love it. My youngest swears he hears bells. Not to mention it's a good incentive for them to behave or the elf won't come.

melissa s. said...

oooh, love the colors! hmmm, I don't think I could wait. If you guys celebrate winter solstice, could it be a solstice gift? Dec 21 is a teeny tiny bit sooner than the 25th!

Kathy said...

I love it. I think you should wait until Christmas. Why not? The kids will love it.

This book is on my Christmas list, and I hope I get it!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Wait until Christmas! I would like one of those! SO cute!!

Marcia said...

That's the perfect thing to let them open the night before. We always opened one present the night before just to help with all the anticipation. Those are so pretty. I'm continuly amazed at how much you get made.

Renee said...

That is so wonderful! I'd probably be tempted to give it to my kids early too.
I'd wrap and put it under the Christmas tree but let them open it early ~ my daughter enjoys making hand made Christmas cards and tags and she'd be totally thrilled to have this as a pre-Christmas gift. For us Christmas is a whole season and we enjoy spreading the gift giving out over a whole month instead of all in one day which makes each individual gift more exciting.

amandajean said...

so cute! I have yet to make a pencil roll-but after seeing yours I really want to. I would (try to) wait to give it to them, I think.

THE BURT FAMILY said...

Definitely wait for Christmas...you could put it with a new easel or less expensive, some coloring books or construction paper. The pencil roll is such a great idea.

Steph said...

That is very, very cool!

Anonymous said...

Okay, it's really cute. But at our house (2 really active boys) all the pencils would be lost within a week. I hope, given all the work you've put into it, that you have better luck than I do with stuff like this.

Meagan said...

Oh I think it is beautiful and speical enough to wait!

lucky knitter said...

It is so cute. I know how you feel. I couldn't wait until Christmas to give my nephew the farm, so I gave it to him at Thanksgiving. Either way they will love it. The nice thing about giving it to them now is that they wouldn't be so overwhelmed by all their other gifts, so they could really enjoy it!

woolywumpus said...

What a great project! I think it would be a special present whether it was given early, or kept until Christmas!

Chris said...

Those pencil rolls are cute, and I just love the Birdies, I made a bunch of those too, and that book, so many fun projects. It would be hard to wait to give those pencil to your kids, they will love them.

elliebelle said...

I love the pencil roll! The colors are just great! I think it would be a great Christmas present.

Gretchen said...

Oh I love it! This same project has been on my to-do list for a while ever since the same said book. I might bump it up to my january craft project.
and BTW I think you should totally give it to them at christmas

tiennie said...

I love this. I want to make one someday!

My Love is..... said...

gorgeous.... I tend to get soooo excited that I cant wait to give my hand made stuff!! happy giving.