You knew I'd somehow manage to sneak some knitting content into my skeet shooting day with Primogeniture and the Boy Scouts.
See... I'm wearing my Koigu cable cap for the skeet shoot. We woke up at the crack of dawn this morning and trekked to upstate New York (how painful was it that our hunting club was just 20 minutes past RHINEBECK!!). Primogeniture was a natural with a shotgun. It was his first time ever holding a shotgun and he managed to shoot 20 of the 50 clay pigeons on his first try ever. And me? Well, I am a Marine, you know. I have marksman badges to prove I can shoot a rifle. But, well, you see, I've never actually shot at a moving target with a shotgun. I went 0 for 3. I decided magnanimously that this day was about Andrew. Really. Maybe next year I'll try again. It doesn't even matter. We both had a blast just the same. (Pun intended!)
Here's Primogeniture shooting at the clay pigeon.
DISCLAIMER - No actual pigeons were hurt for the filming of this event.
I didn't do any knitting today. There. I said it. I did all sorts of other crafty things, but no knitting. Today was party night for primo- and secundogenitures. Primo had the Monster Mash at the middle school and Secundo had the Cub Scout Fear Factor and Halloween Party.
I was in charge of a lot of the Fear Factor Halloween Party so I had lots of work to do. In fact, if anyone looked closely, they would have seen me busily sewing up bean bags this afternoon in the car while waiting for the boys to get out of school. Then I went home to peel grapes. You know, at this time of year, you think the grocery stores would just catch on by now and sell peeled grapes. It would make my life so much easier!
Do you know what Halloween Fear Factor is? If you need some ideas, check this out. It's so funny. It's so gross. The kids love it. Download fear_factor_plans.doc
My favorite, and incidentally the one I start the night off with, is the Snot and Boogers. I tell the kids that it's cold and flu season and that I've gone to visit all their schools and picked up the dirty Kleenexes from the nurses offices. I'm not sure if the kids' stomaches turn because of the grotesque story, or if it's because tapioca pudding with boiled raisins is bound to turn just about anybody's stomache. What do you think?
We ended the night with a mummy wrap (great way to use up toilet paper!) and prizes. Everyone had a good time. Both boys enjoyed their Frightening Friday Festivities. Me, too.
PS - No SNL tomorrow morning. Remember - I'm off to go skeet shooting with Primogeniture. Although it's going to be really cold, we're both looking forward to it. Wish us luck.
Doesn't this just remind you of freshly tilled soil ready for planting? That's what I see when I see the base of Gracie's Ballerina Wrap like this. I still need to make the wrap part (ribbon or knit ties?) and then I'm off to plant. I'm looking through the Nicky Epstein Knitting on the Edge and Knitting Over the Edge books to see if there are some handknit flower embellishments that will be the perfect accent for this sweater.
So, the sweater I'm planning for Benny will not be his first set of clothes. He's already been out and about the city in store bought duds. Since it's been so rainy this month, he's even been spotted in a rain coat. Here's a picture sent courtesy of Judy.
Primogeniture took this picture of the gorgeous tree outside the elementary school today while we were waiting to pick up Secundogeniture. I swear that colors really looked like this. Pinky swear. I love autumn and the falling leaves. Don't you?
I just love the contrast of the nearly fluorescent orange with the bright blue of the sky. Is it any wonder this is my favorite time of the year?
Gracie saw the picture of her sweater WIP this morning and calls it her "Ballabina" sweater. Isn't that cute?
I went into the city today, so I had that wonderful 70 minute commute on a cold rainy day which allowed me to get a great deal of knitting done. While I don't miss working in the city, I do miss the quality knitting time I had on the train.
In case any of you were wondering if I would ever knit anything other than American Girl Doll sweaters, the answer is yes. I picked up the chocolate Aurora Bulky for Gracie's Ballerina Wrap. While it's only slightly larger than a doll sweater, at size 4T, it is bigger. So, I casted on 110 stitches and began knitting. I haven't gotten very far today, but I am enjoying it. Since it's a bulky yarn, it's knitting up very quickly.
But, my American Girl Doll catalog arrived today, and I was was tempted to buy clothes, shoes, glasses and more so I can have a more stylish fashion shoot next time around.
The fun never ends. I designed an American Girl Doll sweater in the colors of my Alma Mater - the University of Iowa. I am going to post it on a group blog where I also post called Iowa Chicks Knitting.