Sunday, October 12, 2014
Bimaas in the Pumpkin Patch
I made two Bimaas each for the boys last year soon after I got the pattern as part of a big fall package that was released. I love it. For some reason, it's a very fun and satisfying make as testified to by the large numbers you can find all over the blogosphere.
Let it be noted that the boys created their own outfits. I wouldn't choose PJ pants and flipflops myself...
I never blogged either version. The first set looks great--gray with a black/white plaid for the inside of the hood. However, I neglected to read or follow the directions for fabric choice, and the main fabric I chose was a very beefy something (maybe a ponte?) that has almost no stretch. Well, the Bimaa is a very snug fit, and it needs some serious stretch to work. I could get the first hoodies on, but it took contortions and caused tears to get them on.
Sometimes they love each other--aww!
I ordered some stretchy knit from Girl Charlee just for these, and they came out nicely. After a year, they still fit OK. Soren's a little less well--he's still got the toddler tummy, so his has always been tighter, plus he's really long-torsoed, so I will definitely be using the 3T for any I make this season, and I should probably add some extra length just for good measure. The 4T fits Will fine.
The fabric hasn't worn particularly well--there's quite a bit of pilling on Soren's gray/green, and Will's red stripe has a little hole in the waistband. It's possible he caught it on something, but I've also known this type of fabric to develop holes, so I'm not sure what happened.
These pictures are taken in our local pumpkin patch. The boys had a great time looking through (seemingly) every pumpkin there and loading up their wagon (they only got to pick a couple of tiny ones each and I picked one for carving--they were pricey!).
They also had a tractor-trolley ride thing, which because the boys were taking their sweet time pumpkin-picking, they managed to ride 4 times. After the last ride, the old man driving the tractor said, "Now get off and go buy some pumpkins!"
The hoods are huge!
Peer pressure--brother has to put his up too.
Well, Will rode 4 times. Soren skipped one ride, which is when I was able to snap some decent pictures of him alone.
Look at those eyelashes!
I wanted to get a nice one of the boys together, but that was a big fail. So hard when there are two quickly moving subjects!
I love this one of Will.