For the recent trick or treat bag swap, I used my favorite tutorial, for a singlet (plastic grocery) style bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0 with some adjustments I have come up with over time. I was really pleased with how it came out, and with a few of the fun details!
I don't always include a pocket to fold it up, since I usually just bundle them into my car. But I did this time, partially to give me a place to include bat wings! I put a button on both sides so it could be attached with the bag folded or unfolded.
One adjustment I've made to the pattern (which you can't quite see here) is making it with over-the-shoulder length straps. Aside from cutting them longer than your plastic bag template, to make it hang right off your shoulder, you attach the straps on the same piece instead of attaching across on the other side. (If anyone wants me to explain this further, I can make a tutorial.) And in this case, I wanted my partner to have the option of making the bag not quite so Halloween-y, so I made it reversible, and left out the side gusset.
I was sad to send it off, but my partner seemed to like it. Now I really want to make one for myself with bat wings! And I love this tutorial, I think it'd be fun done with the shorter handles and embellishments, for a kid's trick or treating bag!
I received my package from iseeaplatypus09 yesterday evening! Hurray! Knitting is something I totally cannot do, always impressive when someone can, so that's what she sent me. Here's everything:
A cute sparkly black knitted bag that says 'Boo!' on it, with color work, and some cozy knitted wool fingerless gloves, with cables - beautifully done! A hand towel with spiderwebs, bags of marshmallows and candy corn, and a couple handfuls of little chocolates! (This is a representative sample, not all candies are pictured, as my husband and I already ate a few.)
The gloves will be nice and warm this winter, and are pretty fall colors, AND they may even match a hat I've had for years! I'll have to carry the bag as my purse for the next week or so... Or perhaps pass out candy to trick-or-treaters from it? It is fun and festive!
Here are closeups of the bag and an awkward picture of my own arm in one of the armwarmers!
Thanks Bri, you are a great knitter, and I'm going to enjoy using these things, for sure! (And a special thanks to my beautiful fall tree in the background for providing scenery and atmosphere!)
I love decorating for holidays, pretty much all of them. But we live on the west coast, and all our family is north and east, so for the winter holidays, we are usually going out of town for a while. Every year I have this debate with myself: get a real live tree, and then have it die while we are gone? get a face tree, and have to store it? just forget about it?
Usually, since it is the easiest, we just forget about it. This year, I had a new lamp, one of those kind of Eiffel Tower shaped lamps with 3 graduated shelves, and a light at the top. I also have an embarrassingly large stash of fabric. I occurred to me that I could MAKE us a tree this year.
I used some ancient green brocade, a couple of types of green ribbon and safety pins! A string of lights and the dozen or so ornaments I have started to gather for 'someday when we can have a tree'! I even had a star shaped votive candle holder that I stuffed the end of the x-mas lights into and stuck on top. I'm feeling green and creative and festive all at once, if a little silly that I decorated our lamp!
So, I received a great package from Zombiekilla! It is always so exciting to get a package in the mail anyway, and the contents of this one made me so happy! Without further ado, many, many pictures
I love this necklace - its a wasp encased in purpley maroony resin - gives me just the right spooky shiver, and it'll look so awesome!
MULTIPLE gorgeous extras, super cute painted coasters, a skully ribbon pin, and a cute candy dish!
My favorite coaster, a little zombie munching on a tasty heart.
And now getting to the best of the package...
An awesome little monster guy!
And last and absolutely best of all... Gorgeous Jack Skellington embroidery!
I love this guy, he's so very well made, so many details and cool swirls, and he is going in the place of honor on my mantle for Halloween! Thank you, thank you Zombiekilla for swapping with me, I love it all!
... I just hope my partner enjoys the things I have made her. I love Halloween so much, but for some reason this has been an amazingly tough swap for me.
Zomb, I KNOW I am going to love whatever you send me, don't even worry about it! You do beautiful work. I totally understand about not precisely being inspired sometimes, but this is all just for fun! I just hope you like the things I send you...none of them have turned out quite like I planned, but I think they'll still work out okay.
So, call me wacky (SO TRUE) but I want to be an Okapi for Halloween. I saw them at the zoo the other day, and they are such wacky animals. Supposedly related to giraffes, but they kind of look like a cross between a horse and a zebra.
I know, no one will have a clue what I'm supposed to be....
I've been trying to be a 'card person' lately. (By that, I mean actually not forgetting birthdays, and sending thank you cards and other holiday cards!) I have some store bought cards, but I often don't like them, too cheesy, or ugly artwork or whatever, and we all know home-made is better anyway. Also, I just finished an interior design program, I have lots of paper scraps, this pretty fiber paper, and a whole stack of boring white card stock.
And a close up of my two favorites:
They are pretty basic, but I am pleased with how they came out, and now I just have to make my own envelopes, and I'm all good! Thanks for looking.
Anyway, I had some brown wool yarn and a hook, and she got me started making a square, frogging it back out. She showed me chains, shells, single, double, triple, and so on. I felt pretty cool, and crocheting felt natural! She sent me home to keep working, and then I got bored. A square? Nah...
What the heck is that? I'll give you another clue...
An Abe Lincoln Beard of course! Perfect for Halloween.
I love my boyfriend's sense of humor!
Well, soon I got busy and forgot all about crochet, until I was about to go on vacation this summer, traveling all around the East Coast - lots of planes and car travel. Can't read, carsick, need something to do! So I relearned the crochet, Eirle started me on a star blanket (thanks again!) And off I went. I'm impressed with everyone's patience, it took a while to even get to lap covering size. But here it is! Perfect for peek-a-boo with one of the world's cutest nephews.
And a picture from above, with a two year old for scale!
I'm quite proud of my first projects, and I am definitely going to keep going this time. Thanks for reading my long and silly story, comments welcome!
Oh wow! Totally awesome job! I love Ursula Vernon... do you read her blog? You should definitely send this to her, I bet she'd get a kick out of it. It is so funny how the biting pear became a meme/internet virus, who the heck decides these things? Ursula's awesome though, and totally doesn't mind, even likes it, as long as people aren't profiting off the thing. For the uninformed:
Disclaimer: I DID NOT MAKE THESE (they were sold last year at Viva Terra)
I saw these pretty & simple ornaments, and I just loved them. They actually seem quite similar to mimiw's & I love those too! These were made from recycled sweaters (I can't tell if it is just a bundle, or wrapped around a ball) and embroidery thread or yarn. They've gone on my list to make at some point. And now my list is getting longer - I love all the ideas!
They also were selling a wreath made from squares of recycled sweaters (I got it on sale!) But again, if you have a lot of scraps or a source of sweater scraps, I think these are really cute and probably not too complicated to make.
Hope its okay that I posted them as inspiration!*cause I did not make them*
Folding instructions - to enclose with gifted bags!
(right click and save, and then it will be an actual readable size!)
The longer story: Someone here mentioned a way to fold up the bags without needing the outside pocket, and since I was incapable of getting them to fold right the other way.... I was overjoyed!
Well, it took me a try or two, but I figured it out, and since I am making these for gifts, I drew up directions on the folding method to enclose with the bags. I thought I would share, I hope it makes sense to you and comes in handy.