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Annual Halloween Roundup

It’s October, so that means it’s time for my annual roundup of costume-related patterns and tutorials available here on the blog.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make Minecraft Steve & Creeper heads.

Next up (with over 420,000 impressions on Pinterest in the last 60 days alone!) is a similar tutorial, this time for making a Minecraft Enderman head along with a diamond block trick-or-treat box.

Both projects include full charts for game-accurate colors and the exact hex codes for perfect color matching!

If your idea of fantasy is less block-based and more magical, here’s a free knitting pattern for an easy scarf in the Gryffindor house colors.

If training a dragon is more your thing, here’s how to make a viking vest.

If you prefer Pokemon to Night Furies, here’s an easy, last-minute Pikachu costume idea.

If your friends-group themed costume runs more Grease than Greninja, here’s how you can make a super simple Poodle skirt.

If you’re looking to visually upgrade some inexpensive props, here’s a demo on repainting plastic swords.

If you’ve got a last-minute party invite to deal with, here’s a SUPER quick ‘n easy Jughead Jones (from Archie Comics) costume tutorial with free burger dream bubble printable!

If your group costume needs accessories, here’s a free tutorial on making Super Mario Bros Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi hats

If you want to take those Mario Bros costumes one step further, here are instructions on making their respective mustaches

If you REALLY want to go all out, here’s the full costume breakdown with instructions on making an entire Wario costume

Finally, if you’ve got enough knitting time on your hands, you can knit my Baby’s First Superhero Costume pattern as-is with cute designs for boys and girls, or convert the chart and the colors to create your superhero of choice.

Find more tips and tutorials on my How-To page!


Halloween Costume Tutorials

Another year means another roundup of costume-related projects and tutorials! With almost 3 weeks left until Halloween you’ll still have plenty of time to make any of the projects below.

Easily my most popular post (with almost 140,000 impressions on Pinterest in the last 60 days alone!), here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make Minecraft Steve & Creeper heads.

Next up (with almost 50,000 impressions) is a similar tutorial, this time for making a Minecraft Enderman head along with a diamond block trick-or-treat box.

Both projects include full charts for game-accurate colors and the exact hex codes for perfect color matching!

If your idea of fantasy is less block-based and more magical, here’s a free knitting pattern for an easy scarf in the Gryffindor house colors.

If training a dragon is more your thing, here’s how to make a viking vest.

If you prefer Pokemon to Night Furies, here’s an easy, last-minute Pikachu costume idea.

If your friends-group themed costume runs more Grease than Greninja, here’s how you can make a super simple Poodle skirt.

Finally, if you’ve got enough knitting time on your hands, you can knit my Baby’s First Superhero Costume pattern as-is with cute designs for boys and girls, or convert the chart and the colors to create your superhero of choice.

Find more tips and tutorials on my How-To page!


the one that should have been posted on sunday march 16

Sunday seemed to be off to a good start. We thought Jakob was feeling better, so we braved bringing him out. We deliberately skipped his swimming lesson in the morning (that would be the LAST place we’d need him to have a tummy problem!) but things were looking good, so we took him to the Purim carnival at my parents’ synagogue. (Purim is like the Jewish Hallowe’en, and they do a mini carnival for kids, with games, prizes, etc…).

I waited until we got there to put him in his costume, and was very happy to know that it still fit him. It’s actually still a little loose, but he’s very slim, so I am relieved to know that my estimate of it being a 9-12 month size was accurate.
Here’s Jakob and I with Chicken Little. You’ll be happy to know that no sky was falling. 🙂

We left the synagogue in time to get to another Purim carnival at the Jewish Y, but planned on stopping at a nearby shopping center first. Yannick and I would have lunch, we’d feed Jakob, and before leaving there I wanted to show him the animals they had on display for Easter.

Well. Luckily I had changed him out of his costume before putting him into his carseat. I had intended on only bringing Jakob and the stroller into the mall, leaving the carseat itself (the bucket part) in the car. Except…when I moved to take him out of it…I saw that he’d had another tummy incident. This gastro sucks.

I’d been prepared for such an event, and had lined his carseat with thin blankets. I had to bring the whole bucket into the bathroom, but it wasn’t too difficult to clean him up, and once the dirty clothes and blankets were safely in a sealed Ziplock, at least his bucket was clean and dry and he was able to go back into it. Needless to say we decided against going to the 2nd Purin carnival. At his age it wasn’t even worth the risk to the costume, as all of the events were geared towards older kids.

In the end I fed Jakob some lunch while Yannick shopped for more funky t-shirts at Winners, and then we introduced Jakob to some furry little friends.

Bunnies! I see a theme developing here.

Should I mention that I’m currently designing a bunny? It’s nothing like Kate’s or the Swatch Bunny or any other bunny I’ve seen, but yes, it is a bunny. These things do multiply fast!

Jakob had a good bath when we got home, and he looked so cute in his little bathrobe that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo. He went to bed without too much fuss, and I made a note to call his doctor in the morning, as he was still having the gastro symptoms and I needed to know if he would be able to go to playgroup the next day, or if he was considered contagious.

More soon!


up up and away!

May I present…


SuperBaby’s special powers include drowning his adversaries in massive amounts of drool, and the ability to shove anything into his mouth. Foes are often foiled in their plots by his awesome cuteness which requires all who pass to stop, come closer, and kiss him.

SuperBaby also managed to stand by himself (leaning on the sofa) for the purposes of taking this photo.
His detatchable cape is this season’s “in” accessory. No SuperBaby would be caught dead without a cape this year, and we hear that shiny red is the new black.

The pattern is my own, for both the outfit and the cape. I had Yannick’s help in creating the baby, and the Superness is all his own. 🙂

By the way, these are the pumpkins that Yannick bought for outside our house. Should I be insulted that the “Daddy” and “Baby” pumpkins are perfect, and the “Mommy” pumpkin is all lumpy and deformed?

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some goodies

I forgot to show off some new yarn I got on Monday of this week. My Blue Moon order arrived, finally, after sitting at customs for about 3 weeks. See, when I’d placed the last order with Maaike, Yannick was really taken with how soft and luxuriuos the yarn felt. He offered to treat me to a skein if I’d knit a pair for him. How can I refuse an offer like that???

I chose the Fire on the Mountain colorway for my pair. I had a hard time deciding between this one and Sherbet, but in the end the darker colors prevailed. I still might order Sherbet in the future though…

Look at the colors!
I think this will look great on my feet! I might browse Ravelry to see which patterns others have used, but I’m thinking of either doing stockinette with a bit of a rib, or possibly a feather and fan leg. I’d like to see how this knits up before I decide officially.

After some further deliberation, Yannick chose Obsidian for himself.
I took a closeup of the yarn because you can’t really tell from the above photo, but it is actually a blend of black and brown.
I will try and get him to agree to a pair of Potomotopomotomoses, or Rpms or Cablenets but will (probably) wind up doing stocking stitch with something fancy added to relieve the boredom. I think I might do 2 tiny cables and maybe make a similar pair for myself with a row of eyelets between the cables. Hmm…

Now that Jakob is actually reaching for and grabbing for his toys, it is more fun to introduce new toys to him and see how fast they get yanked into his mouth. This week I introduced him to Sheldon for the first time. The boy and his turtle got along well, and Sheldon was only slightly sucked on before being discarded in favor of toes.

Oh, and one more thing…

It’s done.

Tons of photos and all the details in my next post. Happy Hallowe’en!


where did last week go?

Whoops! I kept thinking I’d posted, but it looks like I missed a few days. Here’s the brief recap:

Mommy with Jakob at 23 weeks. I made a slight mistake in the last weekly photo, I’d accidentally labeled it 21 weeks, but it was 22. Not that any of you care, but I’ve fixed it. (No, I didn’t paint that picture, one of Yannick’s cousins did).

The week was spent sick, recovering, knitting, wash, rinse, repeat. Yannick was around all weekend, which was nice because it gave me a bit of a break from all the hands-on mothering. Jakob isn’t sick but he is a bit congested and has been coughing once in a while, although it is hard to tell the real coughs from the fake ones he does for fun. Still, we’ve been home all week and he’s been very clingy, so it was really nice to have Yannick around.

Next weekend will be interesting. I have an all-day Fiona Ellis workshop on Sunday, and Yannick will be watching Jakob all day. Since he doesn’t take bottles any more, and I’ll only be a 5 minute drive from home, Yannick is going to bring him to me each time he needs a feeding. I think I’ll be gone for 2 or 3 feeds. It’s a strange set-up, but the only other alternative that doesn’t involve Jakob screaming for 8 hours and going the entire day without eating is me bringing him with me, and call me selfish but I don’t see the point in paying for a class when I can’t properly learn because my hands are full with my son. I love him to pieces but I don’t think one 8 hour workshop is too much to ask to have my hands to myself.

To prepare Yannick for the day when I’m really not around (and to give me a day of relaxation) I’ve decided to spend next Saturday pretending I’m not home. My goal is to lounge in bed all day with my knitting and our laptop and to catch up on blogs and rest. Yannick will take care of Jakob and only bring him to me for feeds. That might sound like a wierd thing to do, but I think it will be good for Yannick to practice having Jakob for an entire day while I’m there if he has any questions, plus it will give Jakob a chance to bond with Yannick more but still know I’m around, and it will give me a chance to take a mini-vacation in my own home. This mommy job is 24/7, I’m the one who can soothe Jakob to sleep, I’m the one who has to feed him, so I’m ALWAYS the one to get up, regardless of the time of night. Yannick sleeps like the dead so he doesn’t even wake up if Jakob’s death alarm goes off (the mattress sensor that goes off if he stops breathing…it has always been a false alarm but worth it to me to have) so I’m literally “on call” 24 hours a day, without a break. I know I can’t even relax in my sleep because Yannick won’t hear the alarm or wake up if something is wrong, so even my sleep isn’t really a full sleep because I’m always “alert” in case something happens. So yeah, I’m going to take some time for myself, while still being here for both of my boys.

This past weekend we took Jakob to a Montreal landmark. I was hoping for an outdoor picnic lunch, but it was POURING and Jakob was asleep, so Yannick and I ate in our car.

I haven’t been to the Orange Julep in about 14 years, and now that we had our rediculously overpriced hot dogs, fries and famous orange julep, I’m good for another 14 years or so.

Tonight we went to a knit-out that Robyn organized. I think I met everyone quickly, but to be honest I was a little overwhelmed with how few people I knew and was too embarassed to ask for everyone’s names. I was admiring everyones projects though, even if you thought I wasn’t looking! (By the way, if you were there and have a blog and happen to be reading this, please send me a link!) Quite a number of cafe patrons came over to exclaim about our “knitting class”, and a special shout-out goes to the woman who asked if Jakob was my son, and then commented on how young I was to have a child. I said I wasn’t that young, and she said I looked about 18. I was very happy to tell her that I am, in fact, 30. 🙂 THAT made my night!

And finally…it’s almost done.

Just have a hemmed neckline to sew down, and snaps to sew onto the back.

And a cape to make. Every superhero deserves a cape, no matter how young or inexperienced at flying.



Up…up…and away!

This is where we were at with Jakob’s costume as of last night. I didn’t realize the sleeves were too short, so today I’m going to add at least another inch to each sleeve, then I will be joining the body to knit the yoke in the round. Timing will be the deciding factor on whether or not I knit him a cape.


super sleeves

I have a secret project. I can’t talk about it when I’m listening because I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything. However, I didn’t promise myself not to show a quick photo of the secret yarn.

Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s from Fleece Artist’s finer line, HandMaiden. It is called Sea Silk, is 70% silk and 30% Sea Cell and is so soft! You can’t really tell from the photo but it is actually a very soft variation from a pale, almost buttery green to a color I can closest describe as “banana”. I love it!
My ball winder is still packed somewhere, so Yannick was very gracious and held his hands up in the football goalpost position for about a half hour while we watched a taped episode of CSI: Miami and I wound this ball by hand. Looks are deceiving- the wound ball is only about 3 or 4 inches high, but it is heavy!

Since we will be starting to introduce Jakob to solid foods in about 2 weeks, I wanted him to get used to sitting in a high chair. Our second hand one is still at my parents’ house, so we finally opened up the one we’d recieved at our baby shower. Yannick put it together and we let Jakob have a test run.

With Hallowe’en fast approaching, I know my time is running out on Jakob’s Superman Costume. I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked to this past weekend, but I did finish the sleeves.

I know they look short, it is because that is only the sleeves to the armpit. I will be joining them to the body and working the yoke with the sleeves as one piece. I also finally got around to charting the S (did I mention that already? I can’t remember…) and will be trying to knit like mad this week. I’m hoping to avoid leaving the house tomorrow so I can knit like crazy when Jakob naps. Wish me luck!


five months old

By five months, your baby

…should be able to:
-hold head steady when upright CHECK
-on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms CHECK
-pay attention to an object as small as a raisin CHECK
-squeal in delight CHECK
-reach for an object CHECK
-smile spontaneously CHECK
-smile back when you smile CHECK
-grasp a rattle held to backs or tips of fingers CHECK
-keep head level with body when pulled to sitting CHECK

…will probably be able to:
-roll over (one way) CHECK
-bear some weight on legs CHECK
-say “ah-goo” or similar vowel-consonant combination CHECK
-razz (make a wet razzing sound) CHECK
-turn in the direction of a voice CHECK

…may possibly be able to:
-sit without support FOR A SPLIT SECOND

…may even be able to:
-pull up to standing position from sitting WITH HELP
-stand holding on to someone or something CHECK
-object if you try to take a toy away DOES HOLDING ON TIGHT COUNT?
-work to get a toy out of reach CHECK
-pass a cube or other object from one hand to another CHECK
-look for dropped objects I DON’T KNOW
-rake with fingers a tiny object and pick it up in fist ONCE OR TWICE
-babble, combining vowels and consonants such as ga-ga-ga, ba-ba-ba, ma-ma-ma, da-da-da HE DOES THE BA-BA-BA ONE SOMETIMES

I wonder why the book doesn’t mention his newest favorite passtime- yelling! If we ignore him or leave him alone for a bit, he starts to yell or shriek, sometimes even “calling out” to try and get us to come back.
In knitting news, here’s the latest progress on the Superman Costume. I’ve stalled here because I now need to chart out the upper body with the big S logo on it. Once I get around to that I will be able to continue. I love how it is coming out so far!


halfway super

Today I took Jakob on some errands, and he looked so cute in his little black hoodie that I just had to share this photo.
We went to the post office because I was hoping my Blue Moon order was in, but it turned out just to be Jakob’s passport. Something about his little baby face in a passport really cracks me up!

In the evening Maaike and Erika came over for a knit-night. Robyn was supposed to come too but Sean was sick so they stayed home. I regret to inform you that not a stitch was knit all night. However, much playing was done and yummy supper was made and enjoyed by all.

Hopefully, once Jakob goes to bed, I will get a chance to keep working on his costume. In the meantime, here’s a progress shot:

We’re halfway there!