Friday, October 10, 2008

Halloween Contest

In all the years of raising kids I think I only bought actual Halloween costumes once or twice. I considered them a great waste of money. I sewed costumes once or twice, but usually I made them up from stuff I had around the house. The one I remember most clearly was when my guys (now both 6' tall and in college) were preschoolers and I hadn't come up with anything by Halloween. I grabbed two of my shirts, one red, one orange, put them on the boys, and stuffed them with pillows. Then I used green construction paper and cut out leaf shapes. They went trick or treating as a pumpkin and a tomato! They were pretty young or I probably would have heard lots of complaints with that one.

So for the contest, I want to hear about costumes you've made from stuff around the house. Just leave a comment (with a way to contact you, blog, Ravelry ID or whatever) about your Halloween costume past or present. To earn another entry, link to this post from your blog or site.

The prize will be a knitting bag (like one of my green bags) and three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. There's two skeins of Holly and Ivy varigated and one Ranch Red which matches the Holly and Ivy. If you don't knit or crochet, I can do fabric instead, I'm flexible!

Contest ends (when else?) October 31st

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Know This is Way Overdue

Here are some of the ideas on what to do with the tops of the T-shirts.

Jennifer says:
How about using the neck ribbing for baby bibs or adult bibs made with towels that slip over the head.

Knitting Rose's idea is:
You can sew up the neck, arm holes & bottom - fill with rice and use as microwavable heating pads. We do this with our old t-shirts (I use the bottoms of them for rags). They fit across the back of your neck and shoulders and hold the heat well.

Turtle said:
stuff them and making pillows or quilts

Marilynart's idea is:
I have slipped this sort of thing over a coat hanger to secure dresses with spaghetti straps.