Happy New Year!

Last night we hosted the tiniest Harry Potter-themed New Year’s Eve party.  We had Harry, a witch, a dementor, pumpkin juice, sausage rolls, and a viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It was fun!

Harry Potter themed nye party, complete with pumpkin juice!
 Today we started the new year off by seeing Rogue One for the second time.
rogue one.jpg
I have also casted on for my Cablepalooza project, Julissa. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julissa I’m using Miss Babs’s Yowza, and although I only have about an inch done, it’s looking good.
So I’d say that’s a good start to 2017.  Happy New Year!

 

Gryffindor!

Tonight at knit night I started and finished a tiny Gryffindor scarf bookmark- a birthday gift for a fellow Harry Potter fan.  I did the fringe when I got home.


The pattern is from Charmed Knits, Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. I used DK weight yarn, so it’s a bit thicker than I’d like, but I didn’t want to but yarn for such a small project so I made do with stash yarn (mystery red cotton, yellow Silky Wool).  I think the recipient will be pleased!

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 event #1

One of the fun things about having kids is the number of Halloween-related events, well,  assuming you like Halloween and costumes as much as I do! Today was our first event of many, and we were excited to debut our new, or in Leia’s case, slightly improved, duds.

I got carried away with adding more and more details- I was actually sewing things onto my outfit in the car to and from the Wee Girl’s soccer game this afternoon. 
 

an important detail

  

The Boy’s costume is all DIY/regular clothes except for the mask and light saber, which I bought.

little vader

  

who’s scruffy-looking?

  

The Wee Girl’s outfit is from 2 years ago, but she insisted on being Leia again. But this time around I bought her some new boots.

  
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I thrifted/up cycled/made the entire outfit, and was working on details up to an hour before our event.   
I came up with more details for the belt this morning. Hot glue gun to the rescue!

 

We met an Ewok at the party!
  
Darth Leia on the way home.

We have a Star Wars event tomorrow, so we’re excited to wear our outfits again and to see what getups others come up with!

Halloween sneak peek 2

Today I had some frustration working with faux leather.

  
This is the back side- hemming didn’t work out, nor did just sewing the layers together with no finishing. The top layer tended to stretch, and the layers didn’t want to move forward in my sewing machine. I gave up and used my hot glue gun, but I’m not satisfied. Any ideas???

Felt is almost always good to me, however, and I was happy with my one last addition to the Wee Boy’s costume.

 

it’s upside down, though!


At least something worked out, right? 

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! 

Sleepover, Trillian

Tonighy I’m hosting my first sleepover as a mom. So far the Wee Boy is asleep, but the girls sound like they’re getting rowdier instead of quieter. Hmm. 

I managed to convince them to do one short craft with me- we made ponytail holders!

  
After making a pair apiece, they were done. So I worked on my secret project (which won’t) be finished by my birthday, sadly.  I just don’t have the time to work on it much these days. 

But I have had some time to knit away on my Trillian scarf. It’s slow, but I can see some progress.  

 I’m not sure what’s issue is, I guess yarn + needle + pattern combination (slippery yarn, slippery needles, garter stitch) this project irritates my carpal tunnel syndrome, so I can’t do much at a time.  A little progress is better than none!

FOs

This morning at my sock knitting group, I made myself focus on sewing up my Splatterdash mitts before working on any other projects. I was able to finish them in time to have a friend take some photos!

   
 Having decided that the yarn is busy enough on its own, I didn’t sew buttons on.
The same friend also took photos of my Giants cowl. My favorite is this grumpy one. Apparently the Giants lost a game today, so I was probably mad about that.  

Last but not least, we took photos of our April/May KAL, the Mini Mania scarf.   

 I love all the different versions, and I love that our new meetup spot allows for fun new photo ops!
In Etsy news, I added Star Trek and Star Wars project bags to my shop today, and sold one right away, thanks to my most loyal customer. 🙂

   
 
I didn’t have much time or great lighting for the photos, but you get the idea. 

I hope you had a good Sunday too!

Etsy and Gloria

From being mentioned on the Yarn Harlot’s blog last week, my Etsy shop suddenly had a lot of traffic and even a few new orders.  It wasn’t the best timing, stock-wise, as I had been away for over a month and hadn’t been able to make the new project bags I’d wanted to have in stock.  Today I spent some time at the sewing machine and was able to stock up the shop a bit, but there’s still work to be done.  The new project bags I made are Dalek, Tardis, and Star Trek-themed!

Exploding Tardis!

Exploding Tardis!

EXTERMINATE!!!

EXTERMINATE!!!

That would be illogical.

That would be illogical.

My Etsy shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt, if you or someone you know has geeky/sci fi taste and needs a new project bag!

In Mother Bear Project news, I found my Gloria Bear among many bears with their new owners in South Africa.  Love!

Gloria!

Gloria with her smiley new pal.

I finished knitting my Giants cowl at knit night tonight, but then I messed up the kitchener and have to redo it.  I learned a lesson– if you know you’ve messed up the kitchener, stop and fix it!  Don’t try to keep going and just make more work for yourself.  :0

Crafty

Today I did some sewing for my etsy shop! I cut up lots of geeky fabrics…  And ended up with two project bags.  

One is for a current order, the other is to add to my stock. With all this fabric prepped, I hope to be able to add more bags to the shop soon! Once I get my assembly line going, I can be pretty productive. It’s just a matter of having the alone time, as I can’t do much sewing with the kids around. (I don’t know how other moms do it!!!!!) My shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt?ref=s2-header-shopname, if you’re interested!

Tonight I also started a project to knit/wear? at Stitch n Pitch tomorrow evening. The Giants are playing the Brewers, and I have exactly zero sports-related items to wear. Maybe I’ll have a warm cowl by the time the game is over.

  
Good night!