Friday, September 16, 2011

The Wizard of Oz and Rainbow Blankets

My little girl, who is in LOVE with the old Tom & Jerry cartoons recently saw a new (?) Tom & Jerry TV movie, which was not just LOOSELY based on The Wizard of Oz, it totally WAS The Wizard of Oz, with all the original music (minus 'Over the Rainbow'... too expensive to licence, I'm sure). 

It was Terrible.  You'll note the capital "T".

I could NOT allow that to stand in her memory as THE "Wizard of Oz", so I quickly remedied the situation with our own Blu-Ray copy of the 70th Anniversary restored Release.

Phew. That was a close one.

She was soon signing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with the best of them, and I couldn't be prouder. 

I'm a big fan of WOO from waaaaaay back.  I even read all the original books as a kid.  Several times. 

Although, even then, I understood that there was something wrong with the way Baum characterized the "Hottentots", though, so I won't actually be encouraging my kids to read it.  He was a bit of a Jerk, actually.  Yeah.  So there's that. 

With "Over the Rainbow" ringing in our ears, and a recent request that I make her a blanket.... well.... you can see what happened next:

It's a Rainbow Blanket!

Milla Loves it. 

I used this pattern, but only as a template...

There are 9 colors in this one, and the pattern/repeat goes like this: 

Three rows of each color (dc)
Two rows of each color (dc)
One row of each color (dc)
Two rows of each color (dc)

I was going to do another repeat of the 3 rows of each color, but we decided it was already big enough, and in the end, I kind of like that it ISN'T perfectly symmetrical.

Took me a little over a week and a half to finish, and I've probably sat through The Wizard of Oz 127 times all told.  No, I'm not exaggerating.   

OK.  Maybe a just a little. 

And now, if you'll excuse me...

I have to go and make a Dorothy Halloween Costume.  Size 4. 

And maybe one in my size, too....


  1. haha, guess what kind of SCARF that's my current project?! my first try at the ripple pattern an it's so lovely - as is your blanket, wow!

    and "the wizard of oz", magic, i'm especially intrigued my the wicked witch of the east/west for some reason (i have just ordered something fabulous from etsy that's been inspired by that), it may be the stripey socks, or the shoes...;)

  2. Pia, at Halloween time, they have witchy striped stockings for costumes... I think I'm going to get some this year. :).

    Kate, she's taken it to bed with her. After her general rejection of most of what I've made for her, I'm completely thrilled. :)


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