2 FOs, 2 happy campers!

First FO: In case you missed it, late last week, my brother in law asked me to knit him a Jayne hat for Halloween.  Long story short, I was passed an almost completed one, and made short work of it.  Before I sent it to him, I added a letter.

You've got mail!

You’ve got mail!

If you’ve seen the Firefly episode in which the Jayne hat makes an appearance, you might know what the letter reads!  If not, here’s a peek.

Aw, a letter from Ma!

Aw, a letter from Ma (hubby thought brother and sister would be a nicer touch, so I went along with it).

I was super excited about my idea, but wanted him to receive it before I wrote a post about it, in case he’s reading this blog!  Well, today I received a text with this photo:

One happy Jayne hat recipient!

One happy Jayne hat recipient!

He’s super happy with the hat, and as you can see (if you’ve paid attention to the show), the t-shirt is also from Firefly.  And if you haven’t watched Firefly, get thee to Netflix and watch away!  You will not be disappointed!

By the way, if you like sci-fi, my brother-in-law has a really interesting sci-fi blog!  It’s communications written in the first person, describing the antagonist’s space-travelling adventures… Check it out! http://iwasborninspace.com/

Second FO:  I (pretty much) finished the German-style dress I’ve been sewing for the wee girl’s school’s Cultural Heritage celebration this weekend.  My ancestry is 50/50 Norwegian/German, while my husband’s is more varied, Norwegian/Irish/Italian/Portuguese, but as I’m the Maker around here, I went with German.  Getting a Norwegian Bunad together was out of the question, but a little dirndl-type dress, no problem!

Finish up those ties!

Finish up those ties, Mom!

We experimented with a Heidi-style braids, but her hair is still a bit short, and obviously I lack the right hair accessories to pull it off attractively.  Loopy braids might be the answer.

Back view.

Back view.

I’m so pleased that it’s roomy enough to last for years of Cultural Heritage celebrations!!!

Side view.

Side view.

I’d read that small girls’ dirndls can be made of non-traditional fabric, and can be more whimsical so I went with that feel.  Also, this was the best ribbon I found at JoAnn’s, so I chose the fabric to match the ribbon, and this was my favorite combo.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Oh, she is so pleased with it!  Sometimes it can be hard to get a photo shoot out of her, but she sped right outside to take pictures.  Ja!  Das ist gut!

This one pretty much says it all!

This one pretty much says it all!

A Jayne hat

A few days ago I had a voicemail from my brother-in-law, requesting a Jayne hat for Halloween. How could I say no??? I asked a Jayne hat-knitting friend for yarn colors or possible leftovers she could spare, but she delivered much more than that!

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All that was left for me were the ear flaps and Pom Pom! In about the time it took to watch Mulan, I finished it!

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I can’t wait to see the costume in its entirety!

Off to a good start!

My Rose Tyler fingerless gloves and Serenity socks are both off to a good start! It only occurred to me today that both are geeky sci fi fandom projects, which rather tickles me.

The socks are especially fun to work on– plain stockinette socks are a great grab and go project, and the self-striping yarn is so fun!

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However, tonight I feel like spending time here, with some Downton Abbey. I’m at a particularly gripping point and I want a project that doesn’t demand much attention!

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