Knit Your Halloween Costume!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this early October day. It’s currently 64 degrees and cloudy, which is lovely. It’s been SO HOT here lately (and will warm up to the 80s today), that I just love that it’s nice and cool. I’m about to take a walk and I’m going to need my ear warmers. 🙂

Since it’s October, that means Halloween is around the corner! In our house, we like to make our own costumes. Either we sew them (mostly my husband) or knit them (me) or piece them together from things we buy or make or have around the house. This is a tradition that goes way back to my childhood. My mom put together this fine costume for me ON Halloween. I never got more compliments as a kid trick-or-treating.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume - all made by my mom.

You may also note the homemade Steve Austin costume, and the handsewn clown costume – all made by my mom.

So, I have a few ideas for Halloween that you can knit! 🙂

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

Add a leotard and pair of wings to the Fairy Tutu for a cute little woodland sprite.

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Who doesn’t love Little Red Riding Hood? Don’t forget the basket by Marilee Norris!

You could whip up 3 little pig hats and one wolf for a cute group costume!Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.45 AM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.09.20 AM

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This hat by Trisha Paetsch is a perfect accessory to any princess!

All of the above can be found in Once Upon A Knit.

Feeling a little darker? Here’s one from Vampire Knits.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you're bleeding at the neck.

You can put a few gashes on your face and wear the Tourniquet Scarf to make it look like you’re bleeding at the neck.

Finally, here are some ideas taken from two fandoms you might be a part of, both found in Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

Feeling geeky? Knit up the Space Princess Hat. There are 3 versions.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there's the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

And if your geekdom is more Trek than Wars, there’s the Trek Dress by Joan of Dark.

Whatever you decide, I hope everyone has as much fun planning for Halloween as we do at my house! And if you decide to make any of these projects, please feel free to post them in the comments!!

Happy Knitting!

~Genevieve

Spotlight on Cinderella Playset

Happy Monday!! I must apologize for being absent much of this summer. It’s easy to just let things go and be loose with schedules when we have no school and no day job to rush off to!

Today’s spotlight is on the Cinderella Playset by Marilee Norris.

Cinderella & her mice friends

Cinderella & her mice friends

As you probably know, Cinderella was a girl who was treated badly by her stepmother and stepsisters. She was made to clean their house and bullied and her only friends were little mice.

She is denied the chance to go to the royal ball and meet the prince, until her Fairy Godmother shows up and gives her a beautiful dress, glass slippers, and turns her mice into horses and a pumpkin into her coach. She sent her on her way to the ball until midnight, when the spell would be broken.

One of the wonderful details of this set is the pumpkin bag. Not only is it just adorable, but it carries all the toys inside, so children can bring Cinderella and her mice wherever they go, just like her coach brought her to the ball.

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Things to know about this pattern: You will be using the 3-needle bind-off, i-cord, Magic Loop, and some sewing (the lining) and embroidering (pumpkin).

This set would be the perfect gift for any fan of Cinderella, or anyone who loves Fairy Tales and is young at heart!

Happy Knitting!

~Genevieve

 

Once Upon A Knit in New Zealand

I was sent photos today of a “Once Upon A Knit” inspired crafting competition held by Page & Blackmore booksellers. It looks like it was a lot of fun and they got some great entries!

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

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I’m so glad to be part of the inspiration for such a fun competition!!

~Genevieve

Fairy Tale Character of the Month – Maleficent

I know it’s been awhile, and for that I apologize. I’ve been on vacation and before that I just let it fall by the wayside. I am picking it back up and starting fresh with Maleficent!

Fairy Tale Character Profile – Maleficent

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney's new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time's Maleficent.

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney’s new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time’s Maleficent.

In Charles Perrault’s tale “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood,” several fairies were invited to the christening of the baby princess. Slighted for not having been invited, the “dark fairy” if you will, curses the newborn baby to prick her finger on a spindle of the spinning wheel and die. One of the other fairies amends that she will fall into a sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by “the son of a king.” (no mention of true love)
In neither the Perrault version nor the Grimm version is the fairy named. Not until the 1959 Disney adaptation was she given the name Maleficent, which came from the word maleficence, which means “the doing of evil or harm.”
In “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie, the story is slightly different. Maleficent shows us her backstory and explains the reason she curses the baby princess. Without spoiling anything, she is a much more sympathetic character than we’ve ever seen her to be. (By the way, I saw it today and LOVED it! I took all 3 kids and we all just loved it!!)
In “Once Upon A Time” we don’t know much about her except she traded Regina the dark curse for the sleeping curse, and she turns into a dragon. It’s hinted that she curses Aurora (and possibly her mother), although that storyline hasn’t been explored.

Now, if you feel like channeling your inner dragon, or your inner “dark fairy” you can knit yourself the Maleficence Shrug by Tanis Gray.

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~Genevieve

Needle Arts on Vacation

So, every time we go on vacation, I usually bring some knitting.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

 

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

I’ve also knit in vacation- literally. This is the Hoh Rainforest in Washington.

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The last two weeks we’ve been on vacation. I brought my knitting, but sadly only worked on it for a very small amount of time. Maybe that says something about how busy we were. 🙂

My daughter also brought some knitting. And we visited the local knit shop, The Websters (who by the way carry “Once Upon A Knit”), and she taught herself a new skill. Needle felting!

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made another.

She made another.

She finished and wanted to do more, but was out of most of her roving, so we went back and bought more, plus a book, and she made a dog, and started a shark on the ride home.

I would get carsick, I think.

I would get carsick, I think.

She made this shark on our ride home. Everything but the teeth, which were added that night!

Shark!!

Shark!!

So while we both did some knitting, the big thing for this trip was needle felting. Who knows what we’ll do on our next trip… I’m thinking we might learn to spin wool!

Oops!

I apologize for that post-non-post. I was wondering what was happening with my post and why I couldn’t find it on my other blog… and then when I posted it (unfinished), I realized it was posted on my knitting blog. Whoops!

I will be posting here in the next day or two about the needlecrafts we did while on vacation, actually. In the meantime, if you want to read that post which was accidentally posted here, you’ll find it at my personal blog HERE.

Thanks for your patience!!

 

~Genevieve