Wednesday, October 31, 2007

deadlines

I have a few deadlines this week that have kept me very busy. Creative busy, which is always a good thing.
I participated in my first ever swap. Make just one sock and the recipient will make the other. This is the tyrolean stocking from fall interweave knits. I used Green Mountain Spinnery Vermont Organic. Three skeins make a pair. It is a thicker knit, and I am thinking the kind of sock you wear more at home, but maybe not.
Of course she needed a few more goodies, and a new bag to hold everything. I made that deadline, it was shipped Monday.
I also had to concentrate on Halloween. The costume part was easy, as the boys are being girls (yep, just wearing Libby's clothes) and Libby is wearing the costume I made her last year that didn't fit. She is going to be a pez dispenser. The head is so large and heavy, I sure hope she doesn't hurt herself (or someone else) during the school parade.
I did however have to come up with a craft for 21 fourth graders. I thought this would be good. It is an egg carton bottom, sprayed black, you then poke four holes on each side, and insert the pipe cleaner. Bend to look like legs. A hole on top with a piece of yarn to hang. Black fuzzy yarn covering the egg carton, and cheerios (or kashi heart to heart) for the eyes. The best part? I didn't have to purchase a single thing. We made a lot and hung them all over the house.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween. We will be doing what we do every year. Carving pumpkins, eating chili for dinner, and trick or treating. Well, actually, my husband takes out the kids, and I stay home, drink wine and knit. Hey, someone has to pass out the candy!

42 comments:

lucy said...

You've been busy - the good kind of busy! Really nice projects you made. Happy Halloween!

kim said...

I love the Tyrolean socks! I started them awhile ago and put them aside. I don't think the wool I was using was good. But how about that crazy cast-on technique?

The spider is too cute! I'll also be on knitting and door answering duty tonight...

So Much Fun said...

Any recipient of a swap with Leslie is very, very lucky! Great craft, hope halloween goes fantastic!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Is there anything you can't do? Seems that whatever your put your crafty hand to comes up roses! Enjoy your evening, Leslie!

Knitterella said...

How lucky to have you as a swap partner. Love the sock! That must of taken a long time. It's awesome, so is the bag.

Love the spider project - you are so clever!

Happy Halloween!
Jill

Yarnhog said...

HaHaHa! I LOVE that spider! Wish you had posted it yesterday--I have to go run a party for 20 second graders in an hour.

Felicia said...

Oh, that stocking is lovely. And the spider it cute! Happy Halloween :)

Stella said...

Oh, what a pretty stocking. Any knitter would be thrilled to see that in her mailbox.

Happy Halloween!

Adrienne said...

Your sock is BEAUTIFUL!

Kristin said...

I was just looking at those socks this morning thinking that I would talk my mother into knitting me a pair.
Great spider!

Dana said...

Tyrolean! I'm dying to knit those!!!!

Veronique said...

I just bought some Green Mountain yarn at Rhinebeck! Isn't it lovely?... Your sock looks very warm and wooly and your sock swap partner will be very cozy all winter long :)
The bag is very cute too.

liz elayne said...

love, love the spider! what a great idea!

and the bag is fantastic! what a lucky swap partner...

and knitting those gorgeous socks - wow. you sock knitters blow my mind. i can't even imagine being able to do that...

Laura said...

Those spiders are great!I'll definitely be making some of those with my little one.

Kirsten said...

Love the spider!

Those Tyrolean socks are gorgeous as is the bag, that is one very lucky swap pal!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Love that Tyrolean sock, I am still working on my swap sock, how sad!!

barefoot rooster said...

This spider is adorable -- happy, even. Happy Halloween!

erin said...

i'm staying home knitting this year too!

love that sock - the color is gorgeous. and the spider is cute. putting that in my back pocket for next year.

tiennie said...

Your sock swappee will love that sock! That's a cool craft - you are so creative!

Tanya said...

GREAT craft!!! I bet the kids loved it.

Happy Halloween,
Tanya

rosie said...

We eat chili on Halloween, too!! I don't stay home and knit or hand out candy, though that sounds fabulous. We import some grandparents to hand out candy and take our kids, plus whatever extra come along.

Beautiful sock and bag :)

opportunityknits said...

This swap sounds fun, no second sock syndrome. I hope you'll show us the costumes & Happy Halloween!

amandajean said...

love those little spiders. very very cute!

Elinor said...

Those socks are beautiful! What a lovely blue! You have a lucky pal indeed.

nova said...

Hmm, I should have stayed home and passed out candy!

2begin2 said...

I'm drooling over your sock and that spider is too cute. I'll remember that next year and hang a few by my front door! :D

Queen of the froggers said...

I do like the bag and the spider! Your sock is gorgeous, the yarn looks just right for it.

monica said...

how can you knit so quickly...?

I love that socks. So much. As much as I know that I'll never be able to knit it myself...

Cinnamonamon said...

Oh, wow! I love the sock; I've been wanting to knit those sooo badly! Your bag is pretty, too -- what a lucky swap partner you have!

Sounds like you had a great Halloween all set up!

knittingphilistine said...

Such a lucky, lucky pal! The sock! The bag! Love!

P.S.-If you're ever in the mood to make another one of those bags and ever want to maybe do a tote-for-handmade soap-swap, you just yell over in my direction, okay?

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Love the socks! I have been wanting to make those socks since I saw the issue.

The spiders are great. Hope you had a fun Halloween :-)

Teri said...

Hi! great sock! But I'm really loving the tot bag - if my eyes don't deceive me, isn't that bottom fabric from our friend leslie at good-ness? I bought the same fabric but I would never have been so clever as you at extending those brown leaves into the red! So so cute!!

Denise said...

That sock is gorgeous, I would love to do a swap, but I always seem to find them once entering is closed! They sound like fun.
Cute Spider!

Scoutj said...

Staying home and drinking while the kids trick or treat sounds just like my night!

peaknit said...

Lucky swap pal you got there - the sock is gorgeous! And the tote is fun too! I love the idea of knitting and sipping - perfect! And you're right, some one DOES need to hand out that candy!:)

Kaet said...

the sock is amazing! and the bag and spider are fabulous as well. your halloween sounds fantastic, and i am so jealous you were able to drink wine and knit...every time i picked up my own glass of white and knitting, the doorbell rang again!!!

KnitPastis said...

Wow, that's an incredible pattern the Tyrolean socks! You picked out the perfect yarn to go with it too.
Now that is a cute bag:) Lucky gal who gets these gifts.

Yarn It said...

The socks look great! I think you are right, they do seem like perfect socks to wear around at home...they look warm and cozy. I love those swaps because I can never finish the second sock.

Hope you all had a fun Halloween! Staying home knitting and drinking wine sounds nice and relaxing.

Sarah said...

I like the sock it looks really cosy, but the bag is my favourite part.

JL said...

Where did u find time to do so many projects ?

Can i be the next swap partner ?? I am so envy of the recipient..

www.goneknitting.typepad.com said...

Cozy beautiful socks for someone very very lucky person! By the way I love your blanket... you must be up all night to get this all done!

Stacey said...

what cozy socks!!!!! sounds like you had a fun Halloween!