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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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!

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42 comments

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

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  2. 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...

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

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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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

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

    Happy Halloween!

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  9. Your sock is BEAUTIFUL!

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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...

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

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  15. Love the spider!

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

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

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  17. barefoot rooster10/31/2007

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

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  18. 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.

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

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

    Happy Halloween,
    Tanya

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  21. 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 :)

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

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  23. love those little spiders. very very cute!

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

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

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  26. 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

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

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  28. 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...

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  29. 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!

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  30. 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?

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  31. 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 :-)

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  32. 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!!

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  33. 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!

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

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  35. 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!:)

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  36. 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!!!

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  37. 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.

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  38. 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.

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

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  40. Where did u find time to do so many projects ?

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

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  41. 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!

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

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