Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

 I always wait to the last minute for everything.

 The Mister had to make a frantic trip to the attic when I suddenly decided that I couldn't have a year without Halloween even if no one was coming knocking.

 See those spider webs behind Jack? They are real. My house is made for Halloween. It's always spooky around here.

 We even dug out the terrible old wooden wreath I painted years and years ago when we lived in another house with a whole lot of kids. Halloween without kids is not much fun.

 I pulled an all nighter with my Halloween DVDs and got the edging on my runner finished. I was doing the Time Warp at 2 am but it's done.

 Not bad for using only scraps. I would have liked more contrast with the background material but it is what it is....

...and what it is, is covered with candy. You send The Mister out with for a bag or two just in case someone comes and he comes home with enough for a herd. We can only hope. The pumpkin lights will be glowing tonight. I'll be waiting....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rest in Pieces

My poor little Halloween runner is made up of Daddio's scrap paper pieces. He made a gorgeous runner last year and I love it so I snatched the leftovers. It's the same material I made my apron out of and I wish I had bought more. It was great collection and now it's all gone. Boo.

 Like many of you predicted yesterday, I decided to have a late night and get most of it done. I love paper piecing but I hate taking out the paper because I think it's pretty. Daddio does a great job with his pieces. They are all little works of art.

Something ridiculously simple that is making me very happy right now is using a loop of masking tape to catch all my thread scraps. I always make such a mess when I sew and coming up this little trick has made my night. It doesn't take much.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Purple Reign

 I'm still working my way through all those purple ice skating costumes.

 My little sewing room is covered in purple sparkle.

 There is also a pile of yellow boot covers. I've got The Mister working on those.

Back in a corner is my forlorn Halloween runner that never got finished. Next year. Maybe.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two Done, Two to Go

 My first handspun mitt is done.

As is my first man sock. Since I only knit on these projects when I am either knit walking the dog or sitting in the ER with Daddio, you can see how I've been spending most of my time lately.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Color

 I had been lamenting the lack of fall colored dishcloths in my stash and not happy about the color choices of cotton online. I was ready to believe no one made an autumnal colorway when I spied this cone at Joanne's.

 It's even called Autumn Leaves. I see lots of dishcloths in my future-even a small doggie one or two.

I also finally broke down and bought myself a pumpkin. I didn't grow any this year and I was resigned to not having any but I caved- a little. This cutie was only $2. If I get a handful of seeds to roast on Halloween, I'll be happy.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Tale of Two Pom Poms

I really missed the boat with this pom pom thing. I wasn't even close to the size Daughter wanted. When she said big she meant BIG.

 This took some thinking and You Tubing.

 I've done this cardboard thing before so I had an idea of what had to go on but the devil was in the details. After struggling through the first one, I realized it was possible to cut a slit to get the yarn through. Much better.

 This enormous amount of yarn had a lot of spring to it. It took The Mister and I to cut between the cardboard discs without it springing off in a very alarming way.

I took a tip from weaving and used some strong carpet warp to tie the thing together in the middle. I followed that up with yarn so I could sew it on the top of the hat.

 But.....after all that work, that giant pom pom was too big and round for her liking so I ended up ditching the cardboard and just wrapping the yarn around my Kindle, believe it or not, and cutting the loops later to get a more relaxed looking pom pom. I also completely redesigned the hat to make it look more like the one she had sent me a picture of. The one on the left is in Half Linen Stitch with a much flatter top so the pom pom sits down on it better. Goodness, so much drama for a simple little hat.

After all that, I'm still not sure if I am close to an acceptable pattern or pom pom but what I do have is an ever growing pile of pom pom waste and a new found appreciation for the silly things.
Pom poms are hard.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chunky Two

With size 13 needles and Lion Brand's Thick and Quick, I can make a hat a day and I did. I thought everything was going well until.....

 ...Daughter had an issue with the pom poms. I thought these were big enough but they weren't.

 My nifty little doo-hicky wasn't making the right size or shape pom poms so it's back to the drawing board. Whatever that means.