We begin, dear readers, with a recap of things that happen in my life that aren't necessarily all about knitting. Kind of a downer, I know, but they all relate to crafting, promise.
For the first time in many years, I got dressed up for Halloween this year! We were invited to a Halloween party at Fuzzyhead's friend's house, and told to dress up to keep the fun alive. I spent way too long and way too much money on a costume that I wore for a few hours, but I was proud of my creative spirit. Here we are in poor lighting in our kitchen about to leave for the night:
Do you know what I am? I'm a sexy hamburglar! I completed the outfit on the way to the party with a quick stop at McD's for a happy meal box, which I tied onto my skirt. Fuzzyhead could almost pass for his every-day-self except for the plastic hunting knife tucked into his pants. He was as Locke from Lost, the shaved head makes him a dead ringer for anyone else with a shaved head. The scar over his eye (washable marker is good for everything) brought the whole look together.
And we of course carved pumpkins, albeit a bit late this year. We bought them on the Saturday before Halloween, and carved them on Sunday night. My pumpkin saw a bit more action than Fuzzyhead's since I didn't cut all the way through the flesh and thus there was less pumpkin rot. By the following week they were both in the green bin. Sad.
Oh no! A snake-faced Voldemort!
My November was not terribly fast-paced, but I was dragged to Montreal with Slim Jim to find her a place to live. She starts school on January 3rd at Concordia and didn't think too far beyond being accepted and packing her cat and dog up to take with her away from Momma's mess-filled house. In case you're wondering, it's really hard to find a student-priced room/apartment where you can bring your barking dog without being evicted. The dog/cat thing has been pushed to the back burner, and in our whirlwind weekend (took the train in on Friday night, left on Sunday afternoon), we found her a place to live. BUT, the important part of the story is that I spent some quality time at a knitting store since I was rudely pulled away from my weekend off.
I consulted Ravelry in our hotel room to find nearby knitting shops that we accessible by metro/walking. One of the forum posts highly recommended Effiloche, just a few short metro stops and a quick walk away from our hotel. Please excuse the glare on the store window, it was an exceptionally gorgeous day outside.
They have a cutesy little display of felted outdoorsy things that I also loved. I want a felted toadstool.
Also, I'm a wee bit of a paper crafter, and I spent some serious time crafting up these puppies:
My yoga socks are still around in the background, I've got a pair on my needles right now, but I'm in no rush to produce them. I had a request through the yoga studio for a pair so I finished up the purple ones I was working on. The lady who requested them didn't have a colour preference, so I brought all three of the pairs I had on hand to the studio for her to choose from. I pinned them to an old bulletin board and added some core information, made myself a little display board. She chose the red pair so I'm down to two pairs in my inventory. I told the studio to keep the board there since I'm sure people are more likely to buy them if they can touch and feel the finished product.
Tres cute, non?
I'm working my way through Christmas gift knitting for 2011. I'm so glad I didn't commit to more holiday knitting, it would kill me. I finished both of the felted slippers for the sister things and made my way to Michaels again this week for some puffy paint for a non-slip grip on the bottoms.
Slim Jim's slippers, puffed and ready for wrapping. Note the heart for extra love.
Remember that manly cabled cardigan I was working on. Done. Here's its trip through the blocking process, and when it's properly revealed on Christmas morning, Fuzzyhead will be a fine model for the finished product.
Soaking in the tub
The finished pieces are blocked to their final measurements and set out on the futon to dry. I did this on Friday morning before leaving for my Montreal weekend and I left them to finished drying while I was away. They were very damp when I set them out since I ran out of wool/dog appropriate towels to squeeze out more water.
More pictures and updates up soon, I've got lots of knitting that needs to be shown off.