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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hitchhiking in a Kingdom of Isolation

Every fall The Loopy Ewe does an anniversary kit.  (I think they do one every fall, they do one most falls, maybe.)  Anyway, they did one this year and it had a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy With Cashmere in a Loopy exclusive color way and a little knitting notions kit.  According to Sheri (Grand Pooh-Baaah of The Loopy Ewe Herself), this year’s color way was inspired by the movie Frozen.  Specifically, Elsa’s coronation dress (the one she’s wearing right before everyone finds out her big secret and she runs into the woods, singing).  It’s called Let it Go (the color way, but that’s also the name of the song she’s singing as she runs away too, but you knew that).  Now, not only do I enjoy Frozen (I love just about all of the Disney princess movies*, except Snow White, I just find her irritating, but that’s another blog post), but I also enjoy singing the songs.  You cannot imagine how much Caleb loves it when I burst into Frozen songs randomly throughout the day, and I’m sure the fact that I’m a terrible singer just adds to his enjoyment!  Teenage boys love that kind of stuff.

Anyway, when I saw the color way (and by the way, the photo above isn’t great at all - it’s way too blue), I knew I had to have it, and I knew I would use it to make a Hitchhiker.  I gave my first Hitchhiker to my Mother in Law and she loved it, but I wanted one of my own.  I’ve just barely started this, and I’m only two “teeth” in, but here’s how it looks so far.

*Just in case there are any sticklers out there, technically Anna and Elsa are not Disney Princesses, even though they are princesses (and Elsa becomes a queen) from a Disney movie.  In order to be a Disney Princess, there’s a special ceremony at Disney World.  There are eleven Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Jasmine (Aladdin), Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana (Princess and the Frog), Rapunzel (Tangled), and Merida (Brave).  Anna and Elsa are supposed to become official Disney Princesses this fall, with Anna being the 12th and Elsa being the 13th.  Oh, and I was able to make that list without looking any of them up - that college education is really paying off!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finished Socks!

I finished my little footie socks!  I love this pattern because it’s so fast (and it makes something useful too, that’s also important).  These are knit in some Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Cherry that I had leftover from a pair of fingerless mitts.  The leftovers from the socks went into the bag for my Meditative Stash Buster (I should seriously get back on that!), so nothing went to waste!

Just in case you were wondering, I’m really loving exclamation points today!  I’m sure it’s not serious.  Or contagious.  Probably.

Anyway, they’re all finished now!  I didn’t put them in Ravelry because they were so fast to knit.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Loopy Academy Mittens!

I started my mittens for Loopy Academy this past weekend.  These are the Urban Necessity Gloves (there’s a link to the pattern about halfway down that page), which are actually flip top mittens.  I’m knitting them in Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Aileen.  I plan on using them for running because on the really cold mornings I need to cover my fingers at least for the first part of the run, so I’ve been putting mittens over my fingerless gloves.  Once I’m warmed up and going, I usually take off the mittens, but then I have to carry them.  This way, I can just pop the tops off the mittens and keep running.  Since the yarn is super wash, I can toss them in to wash when they need it.  (That’s an important feature for running gear!)

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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!