Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow = Scarves!

K and I made this one with Red Heart on the Bond Fashion Knitter.


We knitted 50 stitches wide and then K dropped every other stitch. So instead of 14 stitches per inch, she ended up with 7. Cool huh.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Great Snow: 9 inches of Snow, MST3K and Sticks and String.


A few weeks ago Lisa, the Swap Elf on Harry Potter Crafts, you know the one on Yahoo Groups, of course you do. Well, Lisa asked for swap angels because Ann had made and sent something wonderful, really amazing, and received bupkis in return. Don't you hate that? So K and I, and a couple other people, volunteered to be angels. We were told Ann is a Gryffindor and likes Ron. She also likes Dobby, and I thought of making her a tiny tea cozy to hang on her Christmas Tree, wouldn't that be funny, maybe next year.

Anywho, We spent the first two days of the Great Snow building Snoleks, pelting each other with snowballs and tubing down our front yawn into the street. And drinking gallons of hot chocolate. Yum. On Day three the lovely fluffy snow turned to ice and we decided to stay inside for the duration. So...

The Great Snow: Day 3: MST3K and Sticks and String!

First, K decided Ann needed a hat. I had made K a red and white hat with wider stripes a few years ago and she has loved it. She wanted thinner stripes, just because it would be cool, so she set up the Bond Fashion Knitter, started Swamp Diamonds on Netflix. (Did I mention Mr. Man and I met Beverley Garland at the first MST3K convention. Lovely lady, she actually showed up! Unlike Kim Cattrall. I have a picture of us with her somewhere, and one with Nummy muffin Coocle Butter, have to find those.)

The hat turn out gre
at! Love the big tassels. Then, of course, we decided she needed a matching scarf. So we started Special Agent Super Dragon. Finished putting on the last tassels during Future War.


School was canceled again the next day, so...

The Great Snow: Day 4: Mountain Climbing!!!!!!!

We decided Ann needed a tiny Weasley sweater with her initial. And a tiny hanger! And a tiny tunisian crochet scarf! We started The Beast of Yucca Flats, worked through the Crawling Eye, and finished during The Lost Continent. Mountain Climbing!!!!!. No More Mountain CLimbing!!!! I made this scarf a little different from the others I've made. Instead of running the yarns up the side without cutting, I cut and hid all the ends. It looks a bit better on the reverse side, but perhaps not enough to justify all that cutting and hiding.


Day 4 came to a close without even the hope of school the next day so...

The Great Snow: Day5: Cannibalism!!!

No not really, K hasn't played soccer for years. We wanted to include a cracker, cause what is a Harry Potter Christmas Swap without cracker for heavens sake. So we started Teenagers from Outerspace and worked through the Phantom Planet. Made a few tiny snow daleks in there too.


We opened the cracker very carefully and stuffed a tiny origami dragon inside, along with the pen and the paper hat. The one in the picture is about twice as big, I forgot to get a picture of the tiny one before I stuffed it in and tied it shut.


K finally went back to school on Monday, they never did plow our street, so I wrapped up our goodies in brown paper and strings and included an origami letter with a faux wax seal. I make the seals in batches now and just glue them on. Works like a charm. Charm! Get it!!! Harry Potter,... Charm! OK, moving on.


All packed and sent. She received her box last week! Hope she liked her goodies!

Did I mention, we still have snow in patches on the ground, and they are predicting 2 to 4 more inches tonight?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Great Snow: Day 5. The Daleks attack!

We are besieged!



There are hundreds of them!


OK, well, a dozen. But they're evil! Pure evil! And they're huge!


Well, maybe not huge, but evil! Amelia has a plan.


Want to make an army of your own? Course you do. Here's what you need:


Packing snow, one Solo cup, twelve sweet gum twigs, twelve long needle pine bunches, one measuring cup, 1/3 cup worked perfectly, measuring spoon, 1/2 teaspoon, pair of scissors and a cat. Actually, the cat isn't really necessary, but we can't take a picture around here without one showing up.

Make your body and head, then add the bumps using the 1/2 teaspoon. Cut the sweet gum twigs in half and use the wide end for the eyestalk and the thin end for the plunger. Cut the pin needles bunches in half and add for the gun thingy. Use the teaspoon to add the blooby end to the plunger. And there you have it, you're own cute little destroyer of worlds.


Yep, we're stir crazy. :D

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And I think I'm getting a season 18 for Valentines! *SQUEEEEE*

K made Mr. Man an Everyday Tom Baker scarf for Christmas.


She made it on our Bond Fashion Knitter, a smaller version of the Ultimate Sweater Machine. She used all Red Heart Super Saver and a bit of "I Love This Yarn." It took her about 3 days, working a few hours a day. She did all the knitting, I was not allowed to help, and put on the fringe by herself. All I did was seam the long edges together.


Mr. Man has wanted a Doctor Who scarf that he could wear everyday for years. Something only true fans would recognize, and the muggles would think was just bit of nice knit wear. This scarf is just what he wanted. It's 1/4 size, about 4.5 feet long and the perfect size to wear everyday, and Mr. Man has done just that. And his office manager thought it was just beautiful. Perfect.

P1060411 copy


It made a high schooler we know drool and beg. He was on the edge of breaking his cool a few weeks ago when K showed him her sonic screwdriver. Needless to say he has abandoned he calm exterior and resorted to all out whining. Funny.

I understand I might be getting something similar, in shades of burgundy and purple, for Valentines. Yes!

Ms. Pond and her latest creation.


Think really high squeaky voice.

Snowed in,...Again!







Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Twelve Jammie Dodgers and a Fez. Now you're talkin'!

We made Jammie Dodgers!

K did most of the work, I mainly supervised. Heavens my counters are a mess. Martha Stewart, I am not.

We used strawberry jam. Yum!

I would point you to the recipe we used, but it was a complete and total fail. The recipe called for about half the flour required to make it even semi rollable. But we managed and they are goooood!

Aaaahhhhhhh! No! Bad Kitty. Susan literally launched herself at the table. Silly Fur baby.

I saved them!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What in the name of sanity have you got on your snowman?!?!

K was building a snowman in our surprise, White Christmas snow. She made a lovely little guy.


Love the hat!


After she called it a day and came in for a long soak in the tub, Mr. Man decided the snowman was really number 11 in disguise. 30 minutes of cutting and taping and stapling later



K was quite pleased.



Happy New Year!

There was frosting on the floor, the table, the children,... fun was had!

Some good friends invited us to spend Christmas Eve with them. The main kid activity was cookie decorating. K was the oldest child in attendance and helped keep the little ones from covering themselves, the furniture and the ceiling with frosting and colored sugar. Of course, she had to show her love of Doctor Who.



Miss Kitty gave it a sniff, but decided the cranberries were more fun.