cute kids

How I made a Batman Costume

E3 decided at the last possible minute that he would really prefer to be Batman instead Darth Vader for Halloween this year. I searched the local costume shops for a little boy sized Batman costume to no avail, and eventually decided to haul out the ol’ Kenmore.

Three years or so ago, I made a bat costume for Isaac following instructions for a bog coat I found online. Isaac still wears the now infamous bat costume on occasion so I figured it would translate very well into a BatMAN costume for E3. Here’s my story.

Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials
Software: Anti-Pill fleece in yellow, black and aluminum (gray)

Hardware: Generic sewing accoutrement

(restorative beverage optional but highly recommended)

Step 2: Cut and sew the gray fleece according to the instructions found here.

Step 3: Break for lunch

(Leftover roast chicken, rice and root veggies (the 3 R’s!!) sprinkled with nutmeg and pecans. Not pictured: pumpkin bread for dessert. Yum.)

Step 4: Make a Batman Logo and render it in fleece.

Essentially, I made an applique.

Step 5: From the black fleece, cut out a cape and hood. Attach to collar of jacket.

Step 6: Torture your child by stuffing him into his Halloween costume against his will.

(a side note, the shiner is because E3 took a header into the footrest of our Poang chair)

Step 7: Scream (silently) and pray for the strength and patience to survive the remaining years of mothering very young children.

crochet · Knitting

Coming Out of Retirement

Last night, I finished the Kitty Pi,

and then spent several hours playing around with my stash, trying to decide what to cast on next.

This is never an easy process for me. There’s just so much to chose from! I have an okay-sized stash with some yarn purchased for specific projects and a lot of other random yarn from projects I was going to do, but have since changed my mind about. Take, for example, the 5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver that I picked up to knit into a bat costume for Isaac. Luckily, he changed his mind and decided instead to wear the awesome Jaguar costume I got for him at the second-hand store. But now I have a huge amount of yarn taking up an inordinate amount of space in my stash, yarn that I’m not all that excited about. I had considered giving it away, until I saw this on Ravelry. I’ll admit, I used to crochet a lot, but abandoned it entirely to make room for knitting. I really liked this project, however, and thought it would be nice to have a big warm afghan to keep in our living room. So, I decided to come out of crochet retirement and I hooked it on late last night.

Although, I wonder how much I will like this project when it turns into a gigantic plain black star, hah!

Also, I had this pair of toe-up Jaywalkers hibernating in my sock yarn stash. I decided to wake them up, in support of my friend Dawn who is wrestling with her own pair of Jaywalkers (knit in the traditional manner).

I figure these projects with keep me busy, at least through Christmas anyway, when Santa brings me a set of Knit Picks Options. Then I can cast on this and this and this. Yay! (Oh, and let’s not forget this.)

What is the process you use to decide what project to knit (or crochet) next? Do you struggle with it as much as I do?


Memorial Day Knitting

I did get some knitting done while sitting at the parade yesterday.

Here’s the Monkey sock:

When we got home, I cast on for Isaac’s Halloween costume.

Yes, you read that right and yes, that is Red Heart Yarn. You see, Isaac wants to be a bat again this year and the bat costume I sewed for him 2 Halloweens ago a)does not fit him well and b)looks very ratty from almost constant wear. Since I don’t sew anymore, I figured why not knit a costume? I bought 5 huge skeins of Red Heart super saver (on sale $1.99 each) which should be MORE than enough to knit him a hat with ears and a batty-looking cape. Cool, huh? I should also have enough yarn to make a matching costume for E.

I know, I’m a geek.