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Halloween Costumes!

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Anaabel from “Extra Yarn” and Lady Bug Girl. Excuse the muddy shoes, they could not help themselves.

Lawrence fixed the issue with the memory card, and as a result of all the drama we are sorting the images into files by month/year, so things are going to be so organized! I mean, sorry that the halloween pics are 2 weeks late but yay for getting organized.

So I really slacked this year, but this was because what the kids wanted was super easy! Cara wanted to be Ladybug Girl and I just didn’t see a reason to make these things from scratch. The leotard, tutu, and wings/headband set are all from Amazon. Fiona wanted to be Annabel from Extra Yarn. This is such an amazing book, but only 2 people knew what we were talking about! The costume was as easy and black/white/gray striped clothing and a sweater. I looked EVERYWHERE and I could not find yarn the looked anything like the yarn in this book, so I dyed some yarn from Knit Picks using Kool-aid and I am thrilled with how it came out! I based the pattern on the One Night Sweater but I cannot remember what I did exactly. I know I held the yarn double and used US 17 needles. I knit it with still damp yarn in the middle of the night before her halloween party at school on 10/30, because I am a responsible adult. It is a bit too short because I forgot how tall she was, and a lot too short because it shrunk when it dried all the way. I bought a little doggy for Fiona and made a sweater so she could have “Mars” like Annabel does in the book, and so of course Cara needed a little basset hound to be Bingo. The kids went to 2 parties on Friday, as well as trick or treating on Saturday. They had a great time, and ate way too much candy before the “Candy Fairy” swapped it out for a small treat.

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My super fancy costume.

I was extra super lazy for myself, I went as Elizabeth from The Paperbag Princess. Surprisingly, a lot of people didn’t know who I was either! I used a giant leaf bag, a cut up sheet of glitter card stock, and a headband. This was a lot of fun, and fortunately it didn’t rain during the times I wore it (I did go costumeless to the school party, and went late to the Friday night party because the weather was so terrible!)

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My little paperdolls!

I thought it would be fun to show off the costumes from the last 2 years (since I have been going through costumes anyway) and so last year they were paper dolls. Super easy, made out of poster board, these were a lot of fun to make (and wear, so I’m told.)

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Little Faeries!

Last were these little hand made faeries! I made the tutus from the book Little Things To Sew. More info on the crowns here and the wings here and here. All of the patterns are from the book Woodland Knits which is SUPER ADORABLE!

Halloween is a favorite time of year for me, and honestly this was the first year where the kids really got into with their own costume ideas, and their own anticipation. I look forward to many more years of seeing their creativity and personalities bloom.

Weekending

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Another picture heavy post! Our weekend was lovely and lazy (I am paying for that now with all the last minute sewing and crafting I am doing!) Made a signifigant dent in the sweater, went to the park, and read our new favorite book. I did sneak a picture of our finished eggs. I was not so thrilled with how they turned out (the perfectionist that I am) but Fiona discovered them, and has been placing her wood eggs inside and “cracking her eggs shells.” So, if the kids love them, then I love them. I will be taking them back for an egg hunt, but they will remain a park of Fiona’s play kitchen.

WIP Wednesday… and Tea Leaves!

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A new project… and a new book! How exciting.

The sweater is Lila[c]loud and my ravelry page can be found here.

I am enjoying the pattern so far. Had a bit of frustration with the lace (all my own fault) but I am coming along nicely now.

The book is Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I have had this book for a few months, and I have leafed through it many times, but I am now going through the whole thing, using the checklists, trying to simplify. It is a very enjoyable read.

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I also finally finished my Tiny Tea Leaves and Fiona just loves it. Technically I finished it last week, but I didn’t have time to post last week (read that as “didn’t have time to take cute pictures”) Fiona and I have picked out some adorable buttons on etsy, so I guess it isn’t finished until they arrive and I sew them on, but I count it as done.

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Once again I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

WIP Wednesday

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So I am still working on my Tiny Tea Leaves and I have to get a move on, because I have not even started on Cara’s sweater and Spring is almost here! Oh my! I did set aside the sleeves, and have made significant progress on the body. It looks like a sweater now! This picture is a bit truer to color than the last one, but it is not quite so pink in real life. I will keep on with my quest for true color. I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

I am also still reading The Sweet Far Thing, and to be honest I am maybe 10 pages further in then I was last week. This is a very exciting update to be sure! As you can tel, my massive amounts of leisure time are allowing me to knit and read continuously…