Monday, October 05, 2009

I love Halloween - the decorations, the pumpkin beer, making costumes, going out at night - the whole thing. So, meet our new pet - Bob Spidey Colman - in honor of the upcoming day. We've had the web forever and it was high time for a little addition.


We live in one of those neighborhoods that crawl with kids and is full of weird old houses, so we're not the only ones decorating things on the street here. There's even a little system in the hood for peeing and beer refills among the parents who escort the kids around - and really, it doesn't get better than that, does it?

But this year, I've got a problem. Apparently, a few of the kids got together and figured out the whole costume thing themselves. Without me is totally cool - in fact, hey, - even preferred. I'm particularly backing the idea of the costume swap.

But Maya went and borrowed this costume. And I'm kind of hating it. Unfortunately, sharing my thoughts on the matter would only create hurt feelings with the girls and extra love for the dress itself with Maya. But am I nuts or is she about to be kind of the French Maid version of a devil this year?

Ugh. She, of course, thinks it's AWESOME. Just beeeyoutiful. Plus, it came from the 13 year old next door. Double awesome. So, tune in again at the end of the month to see how I manage to de-slut the thing. Cause I will. Must find a black size 8 turtleneck soon...



On the knitting front, we're working in a completely different direction.

Pure as the driven snow, cream colored DK tweed. It was on sale, meant for my hands by a higher power and I couldn't leave it there. Even though I'm supposed to be knitting from stash these days. And who am I to question providence?

!! What a nice literary Heaven and Hell contrast !! I didn't even see that one coming till I typed it. Ah yes.. I'm getting good at this. Heavenly sweater. Hellish costume. That'll keep me entertained for a bit here. Until I make a drink later.

Anyways, I'm working from the top down, using seamless construction here for a change. I have a few ideas for the neckline and sleeves, but will wait and see where the body takes me before I commit to any of them. The DK tweed is soft and lovely - a little thinner than my usual aran, but I'm liking it all the same.


Apparently I lack the ability to knit something from an existing pattern these days.

14 comments:

Renee said...

Oh geez, that costumn is a doozy. Or is it floozy? Yikes. My 15 year old would love it and I'd ground her 'til next Halloween if it wasn't toned down. lol Have fun with that...

Love the DK you're knitting. Can't wait to see more of it.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Wow, good luck with that one. Maybe the black turtleneck and superthick leggings for underneath, I hear they are back ;)

jeandavee said...

Yowza. That is quite the costume! I second the turtleneck and leggings idea!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

The mommy of a daughter in me shudders at that costume- scared, and not in the good Halloween-y way.

Am loving that last picture of the cream lace- can't wait to see it become.

Carol said...

The lace-up bodice needs to meet with an accident.

Holli said...

Love your new spider and the thought of pumpkin beer in a few weeks. As for the costume. Augh. Not sure what to tell you. I've been on Maya's end of this one, and I know how cool she thinks she's gonna feel in it, BUT -- yes, it definitely needs a turtleneck and leggings. Maybe go at it from the "you'll-freeze-on-Halloween-in-just-that-little-costume" angle? Yeah, probably won't convince her, will it? Good Luck!

Hilary said...

Oh dear...well, it's a cute idea for a dress, but the way that little girl is posing in the photo does it no favors! I think doing away with the choker and adding a black turtleneck will go a long way towards "de-slutting" (hilarious word!) it.

I'm loving your lace, btw!

Patty said...

Did you read the description on the link for the costume? It's practically kiddie porn!

Thea said...

wow -- Patty, that's just disturbing! I hadn't read it at first....

Thea said...

wow -- Patty, that's just disturbing! I hadn't read it at first....

Thea F. said...

Colette wore something similar last year. It's like a Federick's cocktail dress -- sequins on top & chiffony skirt. BUT...

We did t-neck & leggings:
http://www.frostbytes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=33656

I said because of the cold she had to - and she was fine with it.

Kym said...

I've always loved Halloween (I come from a Trick-or-Beer neighborhood, myself) -- but dreaded the whole costume arguments with my kids as they entered the pre-adolescent years. When my daughter (now 20) selected questionable costumes (and, trust me, there were many. . .), I used the weather as my best ally. Definitely black ttneck and tights will help tone this one down. Maybe a nice black cape (my daughter was always big on the capes). I'm sure having the Really Cool 13-year-old endorse this costume is Too Hard to Overcome. (My guess is that the sleeves are just too much to resist!) Good luck! ;^)

amandacathleen said...

oh,my.God. The second line of the description on the website KILLS ME. What if you convince her that unless you guys tweak it to make it more like "her" costume instead of the neighbor girls from last year. Because if everyone sees it as is they are going to think oh. that's blahblah's from last year, nice. Looks like you could add another layer of halloween fabric, like the lacy, glittery stuff at Jo-ann's and either put it under the black flaps or the red skirt. Make it longer, cause oh.my,God. I feel for you. Maybe she'll go with the customizing.
btw your sweater is coming along nicely!

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