Spooky Little Pirates and First Yarns

Last night was so much fun!  I was worried that Jake wouldn’t get into the spirit of Halloween, but boy was I wrong.  We went costume shopping and he chose an adorable pirate costume.  We went out to lunch (which he ate all of, for a change) and came home and carved pumpkins.  That was an adventure, too.  Jake kept grabbing the carving tools and stabbing the back of the pumpkin with them.  LOL  After we finished carving, we got Jake into his costume and took off early to trick or treat.  It was supposed to rain later in the evening, but the sky was looking darker and darker, so we chose to take him early.  We left about 5 pm and it was still light out, but there were already a few of the littler kids out.  We didn’t go out for long, only about 45 minutes, but it was great fun.  Jake rang all the doorbells (that he could reach) by himself and he remembered to say Trick or Treat at almost every house.  He was also very polite, saying thank you and Happy Halloween to everyone.   After we came home was when the real fun started for him, though.  His favorite part of Halloween wasn’t the dressing up, or even the candy, it was helping answer the door and give out candy when other kids came.  He got such a big kick out of the costumes and seeing all the kids. Once he even tried to leave with a group of kids; it was adorable.  He was really upset when it was time to call it a night and go to bed. 🙂

After Jake went to bed I had my own little Halloween treat.  Not a candy treat, but a fibery one.  First I got three packages in the mail:  my hand dyed silk hankies (gorgeous), some Wesleyndale (I think I spelled that right) fiber that’s undyed for a fun Kool-aide project and a gorgeous package of merino top in shades of spring green.  YUMMY.  The best part was that the “aha” moment of spinning hit me.  I realized that my drafting had improved tremendously and that my singles were more consistent than they have ever been.  I took the singles I’d been spinning off my spindle and I grabbed some singles that I spun a few weeks ago.  It was time for a plying experiment.  I tried the “handy plying” method and it worked fairly well.  It’s not the prettiest yarn in the world, but the singles weren’t very pretty to begin with.  It’s still drying with weight on it as it’s a bit overspun even in its plied state, but I’m still proud of it.  Pictures to follow when we finally find the digital camera.  It can only get better from here. 🙂

Here comes Halloween

Going grocery shopping last night reminded me of how close Halloween is. For the last 10 years or so I haven’t paid an awful lot of attention to it as a holiday. There has been the occasional party, but for the most part it’s just been another night in my life. Jacob’s first Halloween was an exception; we dressed him up like a little pumpkin and took him from place to place so people could see how cute our little 12 week old bundle was. The next two Halloweens (ages 1 and 2) were disasters!!! Both years when trying to get him a costume, he freaked out and completely refused to even try it on. There was no way he was participating in something that required him to dress up. He could tell the difference between regular clothes and a costume, even without a mask or any sort of head piece, and he wasn’t having anything. For those two years I told people he was going as the cutest little boy in town (pretentious? Maybe a little bit, but I couldn’t come up with anything better; I’m just not a very creative person, I guess.) This year is going to be different. We’re living in a new place, in the middle of a subdivision, where he can trick or treat, and by God he’s going to. He’s got a lot more interest in the kind of characters that you can find costumes of and I think he’s going to be more excited about it this year. My fingers are crossed, anyway. To be honest so are my toes and I’m willing to go as far as my eyes…LOL We’re going to look at some costume web sites today and see how he reacts to what he sees.

I found a really cute trick or treat bag to crochet and felt for him (here). I hope he gets some use from it.

Wish me luck!