I love Halloween. Bats, boneyards, witches. Adorable children coming to my door dressed up as everything from ladybugs to superheroes. And luckily for me and my bins full of spooky decorations, Canadians like Halloween just as much as folks in the U.S. do. I think the main reason I love Halloween is that everyone gets to dress up; even the grownups get to play along. I'm one of those folks who loves to make their own slightly wacky costumes. So last year, when Interweave threw a costume contest, yours truly, the Knitting Daily Girl, of course just had to knit herself a little bit of dress-up.
However, I had about two days to do it.
Being a teensy bit obsessed with fairies, I finally decided to knit myself a pair of fairy wings. I bent some wire coat hangers into triangle shapes, wiring them together to look like wings. I found some pink mohair in my stash, as well as some sparkly "novelty" yarn and a bit of interesting ribbon. Holding the mohair and novelty yarns together, and using really big needles (size 11, which for me is HUGE), I cast on enough stitches to stretch across the widest part of one side of the wing frames. Then, I knit a garter stitch triangle by decreasing every row or two until the triangle was big enough to stretch over the entire wing. I knitted a matching triangle for the other wing, sewed the knitted pieces to the frames, embellished the whole thing with ribbons, and voila: I was the Knitting Daily Fairy!
All right, so the costume was thrown together quickly, and it didn't win any prizes, but it was fun, and it was knitted. What else matters?
Now it's YOUR turn: Have you ever knitted (or crocheted!) a costume?
Send us your photos! In honor of Halloween, we'll be posting the best reader photos of knitted or crocheted costumes (or costume elements) on Knitting Daily! Photos must be in .jpg format, and be no larger than 250 pixels in width. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, city and state/province, as well as a brief description of who and what is in the photo.
More Holiday Fun: Knits Gifts 2008 and the Count The Sheep Contest
What will you knit for Auntie Marge? Yep, it's that time of year when fiberfolk the world over are wracking their brains trying to come up with gift ideas. So, just in time to help you come up with that something special for Auntie Marge, we proudly present our special Knits Holiday Gifts issue! This year, there are 30 patterns for everything from aran slippers to a simple-yet-stunning scarf, from easy cozy bedsocks to lace curtains. Take a look at all the wonderful projects in this issue! I'm to the point where I don't know what to knit first. (I know. I said I don't knit gifts at the holidays. I'm being seduced by the thought of my mom's happy smile when her cold toes wrapped up in those aran slippers.)
How many sheep can you find in Knits Gifts? To add to the fun, Franklin Habit has drawn a series of cute little sheep to adorn the pages of Knits Gifts--there are sheep hanging from project photos, sheep peeking out of pattern pages, sheep all over! What's this all about? Why, it's a Count The Sheep Contest, of course! Count all Franklin's woolly friends in this issue, answer a few easy questions about their antics, and you could win an autographed copy of his book, It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons.
Enter the Count The Sheep Contest
Look for Knits Holiday Gifts 2008 and It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons at your local yarn shop, or buy them online from us at one of the links below.
Purchase Knits Holiday Gifts 2008
Purchase It Itches by Franklin Habit
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Have I mentioned that I love socks? I'm nearly done with a sock for Nicholas, a Nancy Bush pattern from Knitting On The Road. (I'm knitting Denmark. No, not the entire country of Denmark, just the sock called Denmark.)