I couldn't read the story and I am soooooo jealous that you have the Glen lyrcis! I as thinking about doing that too! I love the line about having a tie and ambition........b/c you can't have one without the other!
In Ready Made magazine's last or next to last edition they had hanging lights that were made out of aluminum cans. I loved it! For the tables you could buy a few yards of solid colored broadcloth and make centerpieces with the cans and tealights.
I always think of spiders as horrible hairy things with beady eyes which sounds quite a bit like my prom date too!. With that said, I would suggest making the body out of black satin material that is stuffed with polyfil. You could also spray on a red mark like a black widow or other red backed spider. JoAnn's always has a cheap black satin at Halloween for about $2.99 a yard. I used it to make a fairy costume. You could alwayds try SAS. Either should survive rain but there are no garauntees if there is a windstorm!
Then use wire for the legs and wrap black craft yard and a black elyelash yarn around the leg. Next I would find a picture of a spider on line and use that as a guide for the face (do spiders have even have faces, hmmm). You could make small eyes using the material or try using beads (maybe not as scary).
Just a few suggestions from someone who has NEVER made a spider.......but I just might try this year. [/b
I fell in love with the scarf worn by Julia Stiles in The Bourne Supremacy. Unfortunately, I haven't come across a yarn that would work. So I am hoping maybe a fellow knitter has had the same idea and already has a yarn or two in mind.