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. 🙂

Project Update and getting ready for Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow night.  Do you think we are prepared here at the Dwire house?  That’s a big N-O good buddies.  As I’ve told you all, I’ve been sick as a dog for the last few weeks.  (Why do we say “sick as a dog”?  My dog has been “sick” about twice in his 13 years…I’ve never really heard of a dog being  sick, per se, unless it was something pretty bad.  A common cold or bronchitis, though, haven’t heard of that.  Oh well, something to look up on the internets later…)  We have roughly 30 hours until the big trick or treat  and we are very poorly prepared.  This will be Jake’s first real Halloween experience.  When he was 2 months old we dressed him up and propped him in a pumpkin.

Jake’s first Halloween

I thought this was going to be the beginning of many great baby/toddler Halloween costumes.  You know, the ones where I got to pick what I wanted to see him as.  Not so much, though.  His 2nd Halloween, we were living up north and since the trick or treating wasn’t a very feasible option (it’s hard when you have about three neighbors in a mile radius and no mall or any other big place like that to take the kids) we planned to go to the Halloween party at the local Eagles club.  When we took him shopping for the costume, though, he wanted NOTHING to do with it.  He had a full on fit at the costume shop when we got near him with any costume, even Thomas the Tank Engine which he was obsessed with at the time (still is).  So he went to the party in a sweatshirt and jeans; we called him the cutest baby in town; clearly we don’t have a problem with humility when it comes to Jake.  Last year, he still wanted nothing to do with costumes or parties etc.  so we took him shopping, got him some candy and a Halloween toy and we called it good.  This year, we’re in Kalamazoo, in a house in a subdivision and he’s going to have his very first “real” Halloween experience.  He’s been saying that he wants to be Scooby Doo, not that he understands what dressing up means, really.  He’s mostly excited about the fact that he gets to ring doorbells.  He’s been practicing saying “trick or treat” and he knows that he’ll get candy.  We’re going to go shopping for a costume tonight and we’ll carve the pumpkins (we grew them ourselves this year) tonight as well. I’m thinking about taking him to the “zoo boo” at the zoo tonight as well.  Tomorrow will be a family day.  We’re going to take him to the pumpkin patch/cider mill to do the corn maze, maybe a hay ride. I want him to experience the whole season.  I feel like my illnesses and my physical problems have caused way too much missed opportunities for him.  He’s been cheated out of a lot b/c of me and I hate that.

I still have a lot of problems with follow through on what I plan to do.  It’s so much easier for me to stay at home and take it easy, to assume that I don’t have it in me to do this or that.  I always regret it and I always swear I’m going to do better, but I never do.  I really want to, but I’m a creature of habit and this staying home all the time is a hard habit to break.  It’s like quitting smoking only scarier!

On to the knitting.  I’ve been reading a lot of people talking about their UFOs and the things that either need to commit to finishing or send to the frog pond.  Knitting Daily has been doing a series on it and it’s got me thinking about my UFOs as well.   Off the top of my head I have:  Fifi (which is about 5% or less done), Lizzard Ridge (still on square #1), felted boxes (still on #1), felted bowl (need to work on the decreases and then felt), Booga Bag (done but for the felting), multidirectional scarf (about 50% done), garden path shawl (10% at best)… this is only partial and it’s very sad.  The Lizzard Ridge blanket is something that I plan to do for sure, it’s not on a time schedule and I’m planning to work on that as I go, buying the Kuryeon as time/money allows and going from there.  All the others, though, really need to go to the frog pond for now.  Fifi was part of my first KAL and I liked starting it and I think it will be an interesting and challenging (first garment) knit.  I put it up when I started working on Christmas gifts (which was a disaster in and of itself).  The Garden Path Shawl was a part of the Christmas thing and I had high hopes for it.  I put in weeks of work on it before admitting to myself that it might have been a little bit too ambitious for a first lace project.  I ended up choosing a faux moebius pattern for a scarf and doing it in a gorgeous cashmere blend.  It’s a much smaller gift, but something within my abilities and really quite beautiful.  I hope the recipients love them as much as I’m enjoying making them.  I really don’t have as much time to knit as I’d like, but I think it’s mostly due to poor planning and time management on my part.  My newest crafting love – spinning – is taking a lot of time.  I recently spent too much money on roving and other fibers for spinning.  I’m determined that I’m going to completely master the spindle before I get my wheel for Christmas.  I started spinning the Kareoke fiber (50/50 wool/soy silk) that I got and it’s a dream to spin!  The problem that I have is that I buy gorgeous fibers and I don’t want to use them until I know what I’m doing so as not to “waste” the fiber.  I keep telling myself that there will be other gorgeous fiber and that I’m never going to learn if I don’t give in and use it.  I’m quite excited about practicing dying with the silk hankies that I just got.  They are going to be fun.  I can’t wait to learn more about spinning them.

I’d love to write more, but Jake is clamoring for attention and I don’t think I can bear watching Cinderella III again…more on my spinning obsession when there is more time.  Happy Halloween!!!

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!