I am the type of person that loves for seasonally themed items. I grew up with a mother who had decorations and themed socks for almost every holiday (and for days that she just deemed to be festive). I am not quite on my mothers level yet but every time there is a holiday around the corner I get very excited and always feel the need to craft for the occasion.
In a stunning turn of events I cast on some socks in some amazing Halloween inspired yarn that I picked up from Maryanne of Smith and Ewe at Knit City this year. These socks are actually for my partner because Halloween is his favorite holiday, I love being festive and ghouly but he lives for this time of year in the way I live for Christmas. So using the numbers I have for his basic socks I have been working away on these fantastic socks. The pops of neon colors really break up the black and the ply construction of the base leads to a very cool fabric. Maryanne has a sock base that I haven’t seen around the market and with so many hand dyers it is always refreshing to knit with a base that is a little different. Its is still a merino/nylon blend but it is a cable ply instead of a regular 4 ply which should add strength to the socks as they wear.
But since those socks are pretty much done I am planning a bit of spooky selfish sock knitting.
I have had a skein of Undead Yarn in her Everyday is Halloween colorway lingering in my stash for far too long now. I was lucky enough to win it as a prize in a knit along a few years ago but because normally by this time of year I am elbow deep in Christmas knitting it has been sadly neglected.This year ,however, there is going to be little to no Christmas knitting and this skein can finally be knit. The odds are that it will just be plain vanilla with an afterthought heel (possibly black) but who knows what the socks will tell me they want so I knit happily along.
Along with festive socks I thought I could use a couple of festive skirts. Recently I have been a little addicted to the simple quick sew of a basic gathered skirt. Normally I fall in love with a fabric, buy a random amount (anywhere from 1-2 meters), get it home and realize I have no idea what it is going to be. So I will cut enough off the top to make a waistband then divide the remaining fabric into thirds. If I wasn’t planning on putting in pockets I would just gather the remaining fabric but pockets are a must in my wardrobe (where else am I going to hold yarn as I stand and knit?). Next step is either gathering & pockets then slap it on the waistband, throw in a zipper, hem it and you are good to go. The process is crazy simple and very fast.
But with my Halloween skirts I decided to switch up my regular recipe and slow things down a bit with some impromptu pleating. Adding this little change just helps challenge me and keep me on my toes. It feels like trying a new heel in my favorite sock recipe, safe but adventurous. I just played with the fabric and the pleats until all the fabric had been eaten up and I liked the way the pleats looked. The pleats are a departure from my very poofy vintage inspired skirts but when dressing up for Halloween I think I can afford to skew a bit more modern.
My fabric choices were inspired from two very different places. The spiderweb print was found at Dressew but I chose it because I had seen a similar print on a skirt from Pin Up Girl Clothing. My second spooky skirt is a bit of a souvenir. The ghosty print was picked while I was
visiting Knit Stitch in London, ON earlier in October. A knitty friend of mine has had a project bag in this fabric that I have not so secretly coveted, so when I saw this fabric I jumped on it.
Both skirts are spooky and fun but in very different ways. I also suspect that I will wear these skirts during the year when it is probably not seasonally appropriate. Ghosts are a an all around thing right?
Thanks again to Sylvia for taking these fabulous photos. You are crazy talented my friend.