I don’t know why this tickles me so much, but it does. And it’s not even crappy. It lays flat and everything.
Why a tie, you ask? This year, I told the kids I wouldn’t be making their Halloween costumes, as it’s been busy and I have a concert to sing two days before, which means many evening rehearsals. So we went looking. The prices are crazy! So I ended up getting Vorlon a cheap Optimus Prime costume from the drugstore (and using up a bunch of Optimum Points that I’ve been accumulating for about 9 years). Zebula wanted to be Hermione from Harry Potter. I decided that for the ridiculous price they were asking for what essentially boils down to a poorly made polyester robe and a tie, I could make a bunch of costumes, so I caved. She and I went to the fabric store. I got an end piece of black broadcloth, two small pieces of red and gold and a frog to keep the robe closed (why is it called a frog, anyway??). Total cost of materials, less than $10.
I got the red and gold stuff because they didn’t have anything stripy to make the tie. So I made stripy fabric by reducing my quarter-yard pieces to 2 inch strips and sewing them together.
Having all those seams ended up working to my advantage – I didn’t need to use any interfacing to stiffen the tie, which saved me some measuring and cutting.
I cut the tie out of the resulting fabric, and followed this tutorial. Voilà, tie! I really liked making it, which is surprising, since it’s almost entirely hand-sewn. I must be getting more patient in my old age. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I basically had to make the fabric, the process would have taken less than an hour. If you need a tie, let me know. I’m making the robe using the pattern from last year’s pioneer girl apron with some crazy modifications. We’ll see how it goes. Time’s running out fast!
After all that, last weekend Vorlon rediscovered his Bat Guy (it’s not *exactly* Batman…) costume from last year, and has basically been living in it when he’s not at school. “Why couldn’t you have just been that again this year?” I asked. “Because that’s what I was last year!” Silly me.
I’ve been knitting a lot, but on large things, so there’s not an impressive list of finished things to show you since last month. I am nearly done with Dr. Thingo’s sweater. Remember the Sleeves of Death? That were taking forever because I had to make them longer? I made ’em too long. I measured Dr. Thingo about a half-dozen times to make sure, I measured the pieces, I assembled the sweater. But I had him try it on after I sewed everything all up, and it was too long. Way too long. Like, roll-up-the-cuffs-twice-and-it’s-still-too-long too long. I don’t know. I think it’s the way I measured him. Not making that mistake again. After some time in the in-progress basket, where it could think about what it had done, I took it out again, removed the sleeves, unraveled them both down some, and will reattach them.
While the Green Albatross Sweater was in time out, I made this:
I test knit it for a friend. It’s a secret. All I can tell you is that it’s ribbed. I really liked working on it, and it fits well. I’ll put up real pictures when I’m told I can.
I whipped up a little scarf for Zebula. She loves it. From the book Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders, it’s the Autumn Rose Neck Wrap. Crocheted out of some Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight, in Aquarium.
And I made this pillow for a fellow choir member who got married a couple weeks ago (congratulations!!). She was furiously knitting on a beautiful red Rock Island Shawl to go with her dress a couple weeks before, and I asked if she had other knitting left to do, and could I help. She immediately produced a breathtakingly beautiful skein of blood-red Wollmeise (same as the shawl) and said “Can you make a ring pillow? Basically, a hexapuff, only larger.”
The picture doesn’t do the red justice. Now I know what all the fuss about the Wollmeise is about.
And there was a birthday party (Zebula turned 9!). The usual, lots of giggling girls, much running around. Cake. Cupcakes this time – nice, but nothing too exciting. We had a beach theme, so I had some dressed as sand dunes, and some with little marzipan fishies on top. I loved the fishies.
No progress on Christmas socks. And that’s all I have to say about that.