Halloween part 4

Last night we finally finished Halloween for the year!  This last event was the culmination of all our efforts to make fantastic outfits- we had coordinated efforts with two other families to dress as characters from Dr Who!  The kids and I coordinated outfits last year (Star Wars theme!), but this was my first time to have a theme with other families- it’s so fun!

Rose Tyler, Dalek, and the Fourth Doctor

Ood, Dalek, Weeping Angel

Amy Pond and Dalek

Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor

Amy Pond and Rory Williams as the Centurion

The Eleventh And Fourth Doctors stuck together!


The Ood enjoyed surprising unsuspecting trick or treaters, which was fun to witness.


Oh! I made “davros’ third eye brownies” for the party, to go with my Dalek eye stalk.  The recipe is from the Doctor Who Cookbook, of course. 

I’m no cake decorator, and i don’t think I ever will be.


And… that’s a wrap! We put a lot of effort into this Halloween, but it was worth it!  Let’s see what next year brings…

More catch-up

Have you missed me?  I’ve been having trouble with WordPress on my phone, and just didn’t manage to write posts on the computer (evidence that I am way too dependent upon my pocket computer!!!).  Here’s a short catch-up post!

First, the Wee Boy and most of his Halloween costume!  The Fourth Doctor’s scarf is really long, but I think it will be ok.  I’m trying to get him to wear it around the house to test it out in case I need to shorten it for safety.  It’s perfect if I wrap it around him twice, and a friend suggested pinning it in place, which I think is genius.

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Second is my most recent leethalknits hat KAL, Mokia.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mokia  It’s a pretty funky hat, but I found that my stockinette version, with the points tied together inside, isn’t too crazy for regular life.  I really can’t pull off pointy ears on a typical day.

I have been making really excellent progress with my Dalek Halloween costume.  I’ll show it to you soon– I think it warrants its own post because it might end up being something of a tutorial.

Catch-up

I finished my latest leethalknits KAL hat!


I started the next hat KAL on Tuesday, but haven’t made much progress due to my wrist needing rest, and the pattern puts some pressure on it.  So it can progress slowly but surely.

And the fourth doctor’s scarf is coming along nicely.


It should be done in a few days, with plenty of time to spare!

Phew!

We had three events today, which is a lot for our family on a Sunday.  

For this and that reason, I only have one photo for the day:

 

fun with friends in Japantown!

  
And one for the post-bedtime luxury hour:

 
This is my latest hat for the Larkin Street Youth Services. Inching closer to 15 hats in 2015… And stash busting to boot!

Halloween sneak peek 3

Thanks to some sage advice from a reader of this blog, I revisited the pleather I was working on the other night. I had given up on the sewing machine in favor of the hot glue gun, but the result was mediocre at best.  I undid a lot of the work and went back with needle and thread.

  
Of course this was the way to go! It took several hours, and I wouldn’t have been able to finish if the Wee Boy hadn’t taken a fluke nap (big fluke! He fell asleep in my arms!).  At the risk of giving away too much information (I haven’t told you my costume, right? But if you know me even a tiny bit, I bet you’ve guessed!), here’s my result:

  
I think I’ll add just a few more details, but I’m very happy with it! It fits well and it’s even comfortable–I wore it all through dinner (hmmm, did I just prove what a geek I am??), and it didn’t shift or break, so I think I have a winner! Yeah!

Halloween sneak peak

It’s no secret that I like costumes, making costumes, and any reason to wear costumes! This year, both kids have decided on costumes from the same theme, so I decided to join in and dress up as a character I’ve been wanting to cosplay for some time. I bet  you can guess our theme/characters, even though these pics only represent 2/3 of us. 

   
 
For myself and the Wee Boy, this is about what I have so far (my outfit is actually nearly done, but not attractive to photograph in pieces). I’ve been scouting Goodwill stores for the pieces, since a) don’t want it to cost too much, and b) want them to last, since we will be using these outfits for more than just Halloween! 

Handspun, swatching, blocking, and Halloween!

Good news, my swatches for my NaKniSweMo cardigan look good.  The lace one is the one that really concerned me, but it looks to be the right size!  Yay!

Swatches!

Swatches!

I have four freshly blocked blanket squares, and this skein of handspun is almost out!

Blocking squares.

Blocking squares.

Luckily this one is ready to step in.

Wonderland Dyeworks

Wonderland Dyeworks

We attended some Halloween festivities today, and I whipped up a Totoro outfit so I wouldn’t be left out of the costume-y fun!  I already had the hat and soot sprites, I just made the tummy out of leftover white fleece and gray felt I had around.  Easy!

Impromptu Totoro costume!

Impromptu Totoro costume!

And I couldn’t BELIEVE that I found someone dressed up as Cat Bus!!!!!!!

NEKOBASU!!!!

NEKOBASU!!!!

The Wee Boy found Woody and Mr. Potato Head, and I thought his head would explode from joy.

The Wee Boy geeks out.

The Wee Boy geeks out.

I think I can officially declare Halloween as my favorite holiday!!!