Monday, November 11, 2013

Post Halloween Letdown and Holiday Angst Upsurge

Nice wordy title isn't it? And I didn't even have to spellcheck. Ok, update time! I like updates, fills a post well and I can always use it as an excuse as to why I havent updated. I'm lame that way. Right now, the Halloween photos!

Captain Spaulding, it's a bit grainy because it was shrunk so much. 

Mine turned out ok, I don't have the photo on my computer I'll have to update in ANOTHER post because why not drag it all out? His we stuck on with medical tape, which held up really well with the ridiculous wind and rain we had. Wasn't a total washout, just wind driven sprinkles. Mine was held with a small clip, again stayed fine. I ended up giving it to a friend to wear with her witches costume. Again, need to find pictures. I'm terrible at this.

Some radio stations are playing christmas music already. I get the whole "put people in the holiday spirit" but could you at least wait until after turkey day? Wait until we are bloated with carbs and then pounce, we can't run after that third helping of pie. I'm slowly making my way through the SS gifts, not helping that I made myself something first. Hand mitts! Love the Maine Morning Mitts pattern (free, click the name and it takes you right to the pdf download), fits every hand size I've tried it on and it stays put. Working on a hat to match, sort of. I did not want an entire rib hat, so I settled for a ribbed brim slouch. So, I went back to the Layne Slouch, just made it solid instead of the purl rounds. I've made it once before and set it aside as a keeper. I just wish my rib wasn't so sloppy. I do have a pic of the mitts, hat is still in progress:

Bright and cheery, hopefully nobody tries to snitch them.

I did make something for my SS gift, a bacon ornament! I swore I posted about it once, apparently not unless its stuck in the drafts. He turned out bigger than I expected, but still cute.

Happy Bacon!

I found this guy on pinterest, I did a zig zag stitch to hold down the white parts, hand stitched the sides. My sewing leaves much to be desired, but he is cute. If I made him again, I'd use cream felt instead of the white. Also, pay more attention seeing as I almost added my ribbon to the wrong side (which is why it is slightly off kilter there). Also planning on making the Booze Shark (ravelry pattern download). Hoping I can fiddle with the pattern and make it two pieces that are stitched together, I'm awful at carrying my yarn without mucking up my gage.

Has anyone started on their shopping? I mean really started, like having to hide multiple bags shopping. I've gotten a few odds and ends, but nothing big. Which stinks, because I have less than two months to prepare for a birthday and christmas. Who is the hardest person to shop for? My mother is the worst, she insists there isn't anything she wants but I can't NOT get her something. After all, the offspring likes to pass out gifts to everyone (she does have unselfish moments). The worst part? Stocking stuffers. Once you are officially out of childhood, stockings are a bitch kitty to stuff. Perfume? Do I smell? Body wash? Do I REALLY smell? Lotion? Saying I have dry skin? Chocolates? Am I bitchy? Gift card? I hate this store and I'm only worth that much to you? Blarg. Fyi, folks, the dollar store can be your friend when it comes to kid stuff. Those washcloths that reconstitute in water are almost always a hit. Next update? MOAR PICTURES! ..maybe.

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