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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Other Half of the Story

I showed you Mickael's and Caleb's Halloween costumes Monday, but now you get to see mine!  What goes with sharks?  A mermaid of course!
Fifi isn't quite wearing it right because she doesn't have arms.  The fish net that's around the waist is supposed to go over the shoulders, but it wasn't staying up on Fifi.  I do think it's pretty cute around the skirt though too, so I'll probably play with it both ways and decide on the day.  Also, Fifi doesn't have mermaid hair or mermaid makeup (because Fifi doesn't have a head and all) which helps with the whole mermaid look.
Here's a close up shot of the top.  I decorated it under the presumption that mermaids would accessorize with shells and pearls as well as objects found in shipwrecks and by the seashore where humans are.  Ariel from The Little Mermaid collected everything she could get from the surface world.
What kind of shoes do mermaids wear?  Since we learned in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Max loves that movie) that when a mermaid dries out, her tail flipper turns into legs and feet, this was pretty easy.  I started with a pair of Crocs sandals and added shells, pearls, and crystals until they were mermaid appropriate.  I've got to try them on today now that the glue is dry and make sure nothing pops off when I walk.  (Yes, I finished the gluing last night.)

Oh, and if you ever need tons of sparkly crystals and half round pearls and tiny shells, Amazon has them for really good prices.  And just in case anyone is wondering, I used Beacon Gem-Tac to glue all of the stuff to the costume and shoes.  It dries clear, and according to the label on the back, it permanently "bonds embellishments to many surfaces including fabric, wood, glass, plastic and more."

Have a great weekend!  I'm relieved to have our Halloween costumes ready!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Footie Socks

Over the weekend I started knitting another pair of footie socks.  The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Cherry that was leftover from a pair of mitts I did a while back.  When I started my Meditative Stash Buster, I grabbed all of my fingering weight leftovers, but then separated everything that weighed 50 grams or more because that’s enough for a pair of footie socks.  Once I’ve finished this pair of socks, the leftovers will be added back to the rest of the fingering leftovers for the Meditative Stash Buster.  I guess it’s the Circle of Life for sock yarn.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering I haven’t put this project on Ravelry because they knit up so fast.  I might make a project page when I finish, but I might not, it depends what kind of mood I’m in.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Shark Attack!

A long time ago, before we had the house rebricked, I showed you a tulle circle skirt with crystals on it.  I’m not going to show you the top portion of that outfit today, but I’m going to show you what Mickael and Caleb will be wearing while I’m wearing the skirt (and the top you haven’t seen yet).
Mickael and Caleb are going to be sharks (and yes, we’re going to a Halloween party)!  Neither one of them really gets into Halloween, so when we were picking our costumes, I knew they needed something simple.  Then I remembered seeing this tutorial a year ago and thought it would be perfect.  They won’t have matching sweat pants, but can wear the hoodies with shorts or jeans depending on how cool it is Halloween night.  These were so much fun to make!  I used fleece (like polar fleece, not sweatshirt fleece) for the teeth and eyes instead of felt and I didn’t stuff the dorsal fins like she did in the tutorial because I wanted them to fold over flat if Mickael and Caleb sit down.  I ended up basting batting to the plastic canvas and then covered that in the fin fabric (which was a matching t-shirt).  The whole thing went together pretty quickly and was actually a lot easier than I thought it might be.

Of course now, we’re going to need a bigger boat!


Friday, October 17, 2014

A Finished Pair of Socks

All finished!  It feels good to have a finished pair of socks, and the weather is just now getting cool enough to wear them.  These are Hermione’s Everyday Socks with a cuff (K3 rnds, K2, P2 for 6 rnds) and a Fish Lips Kiss heel.  I used Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Whisper (I really like this color) and knit them on US 1’s (2.25 mm).  While I enjoy knitting intricate and fancy socks sometimes, I really love the kind of sock pattern that I can work without really thinking about it.  These socks definitely fall into that category.

According to the comments for yesterday’s post, it looks like I’ll be starting the mittens this weekend.  There was a question about where to find the pattern though.  If you look on the Ravelry page for Urban Necessity gloves,  below the general information and above the paragraph are two links to the pattern (they go to the same place, so click either one).  One of the links has the little pdf symbol if that helps.  Hope that helps!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Monday!


Thursday, October 16, 2014


I’ve recently finished my Standing Stones Cowl, I’ve finished the knitting on my Ombre Ravello (we will not discuss the ends yet), and I’m almost finished with my second Hermione’s Everyday Sock.  This means it’s time to start a new project!  I need a small project and I want it to be one of my two remaining Loopy Academy projects.  I thought I’d let you guys choose which one!
This is my yarn for the last two projects.  On the left is Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Aileen.  It will be knit into Urban Necessity convertible mittens (Sheri has OK’d convertible mittens for the mitten project).  On the right is Fable Fibers Biography DK in Ruby.  It will be a Rikke hat.  So these are my last two projects for Freshman Year, Semester 1.  Leave a comment and tell me which one you’d like to see first!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Caring Means Sharing

Clearly Max hasn’t gotten that memo because this was yesterday afternoon at our house.  Yes, the bed is technically Logan’s but Max isn’t one to worry about details.  Thankfully, Logan is much better at sharing and doesn’t mind that his bed smells like kitty too much.
In knitting news, I finished the knitting portion of my Ombre Ravello!  Now I have a few ends to weave in.  (The photo shows it wrong side out, so you can really get a feel for the number of ends I’ll be dealing with over the next few days.)  I usually weave in the ends on each section as I go, but this time I was so concerned about having enough yarn, I just kept on knitting.  Now it’s time clean things up.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sleepy Kitty

The past few days have had lower temps around here.  Fall is here, and while I’m not getting out the heavy coats or even the mittens, it’s cool enough to need a light jacket sometimes when you go outside.  It’s not cool enough to turn on the heat and Max has noticed the cool weather, even though he doesn’t go outside.  Yesterday, he curled up on my lap and fell sound asleep!  He’s not one for extended lap cuddles.  He will sit for a bit and then he’s off on kitty adventures.  If he’s sleepy, he’ll curl up next to me, not on my lap, so this was pretty major.  He just plopped down and curled up and wasn’t even bothered by the sock I was knitting.  I like this weather!

Oh, and the second sock is moving right along too.

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