Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone eats 'til they are STUFFED! :) That way I know I won't be ALONE!! HA! I am looking forward to spending some time with my family...and MY KIDDOS!! Two of them have been with my folks since last Tuesday!! My momma and sister came Monday and whisked Ms. Priss away too! They LOVE it over there...but it makes me lonely! :( you can see, I've been playing teacher's pet again!! Love the tulle turkey feathers...last time I used ribbon, but found it "floppy", so I wanted to try something different this time! What do you think? Last week was soooo busy! Ms. Priss' school had their annual Symposium week! This year's theme was History and our parents outdid themselves once again!! Once I get the pictures off of my camera, I'll do a better post on that event! :) I was in the History of Writing tent and got to dress up like a goddess! So much fun! I used a fitted white sheet, since it already had elastic and made a long skirt. Then just ripped wide strips, sewed them together and "draped" them over my shoulders across my chest. Easy peasy...not as formal as my friend the Red goddess, but good enough for this "Homemade Momma"! I wore some crazy false eyelashes I picked-up for 75 cents at the after-Halloween sales...first time for THAT!! Not too bad, but because I was snapping pictures all day, my camera kept grabbing one of the eyelashes and ripping it from my eye!! But I had fun walking up to random parents asking them "hey, can you put this back on for me...?" HA!! They were probably thinking...WHO is this CRAZY woman! Here is a picture of me and another awesome Momma in all of our goddess glory!

Right after Symposium was was on to my NEXT project!! Our Girl Scout November meeting and activity was MY house!! So of course I HAD to clean...UGH!! But we were also going to learn to knit, so I had much more exciting business to take care of!!

I spent a lot of time browsing the internet trying to find a good deal on BULK knitting needles for our girls!! The only place I could find, couldn't ship soon enough for I was at a LOSS!! WHAT am I going to do..I don't have 20+ knitting needles laying around my house...ok, I do have ALOT, but not TWENTY!! ;) So I called my other knitting momma and asked if she had any extra and she said...none that would work for teaching 7 and 8 yos!! BUT she did give me a FABULOUS idea....CHOP STICKS!! How AWESOME is that?? I mean, they are made of bamboo, which is a choice material as far as knitting needles go! AND they are just the right size for little hands! So I got to work collecting chop sticks from various local Chinese restaurants...mmmmm!! I love Chinese food, so this was SUCH a hardship!! HA! So after collecting, I did some light sanding to get all of the little burrs out, and made sure the tips were pointy enough. But what to put on the ends to keep the yarn from coming undone??? Beads? But would I be able to find beads with that big of an opening to slip on a chop stick...ooooh I know..I can make some clay beads. But I'd never done it before!! Thankfully, I have an AWESOME friend who makes the most AMAZING things with polymer clay!! Thanks Melanie!! You were such a wealth of information!!

Here are 21 knitting needles, with 20 stitches cast on and one row knitted...yes, that was a LATE night...thankfully there were re-runs of Project Runway on to keep me SANE!! ;)

And my beads close up! I know...not as awesome as Melanie's creations...check out her Etsy shop!! She made a fabulous ornament for me last year of all the Momma LOVED it!! I was really not expecting ALL 21 girls to show up...but they did!!! WOW was it crazy!! We had 3 mommas that knew how to knit...and that is because I gave my friend Kathy a crash course Friday after Symposium...thankfully she is a FAST learner with TONS of patience!! And of course my knitting GURU friend who is always a wealth of knowledge on all things knitting!! Also, her daughter was our "teacher"...she did her best to explain how to knit...but ended up showing them a way more interesting way...FINGER KNITTING!! The girls loved this even more then regular knitting!! Oh well, they all loved their needles and went home HAPPY!!! Once they were was back to the sewing room to finish up......

YAY!! No more minky pants!! Wait a minute....what is in that bag my sister brought when she took my children???!!!! UGH!!! MORE MINKY!!!! That's it...I am officially shutting down the minky pants-making machine!! I've got to start sewing for Christmas!!! Until later....


Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Goddess! AWESOME knitting needles! Love it.
You are soooo involved with your kids' school. Makes me look like a parent who doesn't care. I am almost never volunteering for any of the activities and have to resort to contributing food or other items. Like today: A+K have their Thanksgiving Feasts at school. And who is sitting at work?!: me! But, I did send butter, onions and sour cream for them to cook with.... ;-)
Happy Thanksgiving.

Amy said...

Those knitting needles are fabulous! I will have to keep that idea in the back of my mind till Lily is in scouts!

Anonymous said...

Ooh--fun with Fimo. I'm all for craft materials you bake in the oven. It looks like the girls had a great time!

And the minky pants look so warm and comfy too. Do you just run the minky through your serger?