The Whole Knit & Caboodle

Barely coherent ramblings of a yarn-obsessed stay at home mom

They’re ALIIIIIIIVE!! (Well, not really but they’re pretty stinkin’ cute!)

It’s fun to have extra reasons to be creative.  I saw a really cute pin on Pinterest where someone had painted their fingernails to look like little Frankenstein’s Monsters and thought I’d try my hand at it.

They didn’t turn out too badly! As long as they last through the day tomorrow I’ll be happy 🙂

I’m pretty happy with them.  Happy enough to try this nail art thing again sometime.

I love fall.  The colours, the way the air smells, Halloween!  I get this sort of giddy feeling when the temperature lowers and it’s almost as though I can finally breathe.  Don’t get me wrong, summertime is fun but sometimes the heat seems almost oppressive.

I’ll miss the warm breeze on my shoulders but there’s something comforting about fall clothes- soft sweaters, comfy slippers, leggings- that I just love.  I’m also a COAT person.  I love me some coats.  I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous black cape style coat for a little while and my husband bought it for me on the weekend.  LOVE!  It’s gorgeous.  I didn’t even want a bag for it- I asked the cashier if I could just wear it out of the store.

Halloween is so much fun too.  The idea of dressing up and being something that you’re not- even for just one night- just has that appeal to it.  Thinking back to some of the costumes I’ve worn over the years- One year my mom braided my hair around a wire coat hanger and I went as Pippi Longstocking.  When I was in the 7th grade I went as a “responsible adult”.. sensible heels, skirt, blazer and a suitcase (don’t ask me how I came up with that one!).

Now that I have a daughter it’s turned to a whole different kind of fun.  Last year she was a monkey.  Not just ANY monkey.. an organ grinder’s monkey with a little fez hat and vest.  At the last minute I crocheted a banana to go with her outfit and nearly DIED laughing when she shoved it in her mouth (yes, I know it’s not unusual for a toddler to put something in their mouth but she grabbed it and started munching on the “right” end).

Well, today has proven to be another case of not working on things I should be working on.  Book club has been postponed so at least I don’t have to finish my book today.  I’ll put the pedal to the metal and get some more hats done for the show this weekend!

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A fun pumpkin to carve, this was.

When I have a long list of things that I should be doing, the last thing I want to do is ANYTHING on that list.  That definitely seems to be the case with me today!  I have a craft/gift show coming up on November 3 (my very first one!) and a book to read for book club tomorrow night and what did I do instead?  I carved a pumpkin.  Not something that should be crazy high on my priority list but something I look forward to doing every year.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

It seems our theme this Halloween is Star Wars.  I’ve never been a huge fan but my husband LOVES it and asked me to make our daughter (who is almost 2) a Princess Leia costume.  Hubby has taken the day off from work but wants to go in to work to show off our “mini Leia” so I thought I would make hats for he and I as well- a Yoda one for myself and an R2D2 hat for him.  Our hats still need to be assembled but they’re stitched up at least.

Before the Star Wars plan came together, I was going to do a Where the Wild Things Are pumpkin.  Maybe next year.  There were a few different Star Wars designs but I went for Yoda (he seemed easier than the Death Star but more challenging than the Darth Vader ones I saw).  Here’s how he turned out:

I’m a total nerd, I couldn’t wait until it was dark out to take the picture. You get the idea though.

I’ll add some better photos when we come back from trick or treating! 🙂

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Insert clever “first blog entry title” here

1 am.  Can’t sleep.  Instead of taking something to help me fall asleep and going back to bed, I do what anyone in my situation would do: I get up, crochet a couple of hats and oh yeah- I buy a domain name and start a blog.  Seems rational.  I’ve actually been meaning to do this for a little while and since I actually bit the bullet and bought the domain name maybe I’ll be more likely to update.

I’m one of those annoying “everything” crafters who dabbles in everything and finds inspiration everywhere.  I have an alllmost 2 year old who makes me laugh every day so you’re likely to see a story or two about her here too.

You’ll get to see what I’m working on, get news of newly released patterns and who knows- maybe have the opportunity to enter a contest or two!

Well, it’s after 3 am now and 7 comes early!  Thanks for visiting!

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