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

Success At the Knit Shop!

This past Saturday, I was at Knitting With Sandra, a “local-ish” yarn shop for a book signing. The shop is in Riverside, CA, which is about an hour away from me. Shelley, one of the owners, contacted me through Ravelry a few months back about having an event, and I thought it was a great idea! I was still smarting a bit from being rejected from my own local bookseller, so when I was contacted by Shelley, I was over the moon.

Saturday started off with a soccer game between the Yellowjackets and the Dynomites!

Me and my little Yellowjacket, Madeline.

After the game, I gathered my samples, my m&ms, my buttons, my magnets, my map, my directions, changed my clothes, ate a quick hot dog, kissed the kids & husband, and set off to the shop.

I was quite proud of myself that I did not get lost, even without a GPS.

The shop was lovely, as were the women. I was prepared to do a demonstration of the duplicate stitch, but it never came up, and we were having such fun chatting and getting to know each other, that I just let it go. I signed several books, and even signed an apron, which had been signed by several other (more well-known than me) designers.

The lovely ladies brought a fabulous spider cake, cupcakes, chocolate/caramel dipped giant pretzel sticks, meatballs, snacks, and drinks. There were vampy napkins that made me giggle. They had plenty of copies of the book to sign – and red sharpies!

My parents stopped by on their way home from visiting my grandmother, which was nice. I got to have some familiar, loving faces and they got to see their daughter in action. My mom also picked out some yarn she thought might make a good project for HER. (so I bought some – don’t tell her)

My most surreal moment was brought to me by a woman named Michelle, who snuck in behind me and told me she had a book to sign whenever I had a moment. When I turned around to chat with her, she showed me her Tourniquet scarf she knit and said my book was the first knitting book she’d ever bought for herself.

I had a twinge of a celebrity moment for just a second. I was overwhelmed by emotion and couldn’t believe that a) she knit something I designed and b) she couldn’t wait to show me. I LOVED it. I took a picture of her and then we took one together. I decided I needed to wear the Werewolf Hat so we’d both have something on. (Nevermind that it was 95 degrees outside – it was lovely and air-conditioned inside Knitting With Sandra.)

Thanks Sandra, Shelley, and all the lovely ladies at the knit shop! I had a lovely day and hope to be back soon!