I remembered last night that today was Halloween so we hastily carved our pumpkin and put a night light in it and I hung up this cutout this morning. I think as far as celebrating halloween goes that may be it. I'm not sure but I don't think Halloween is such a big thing over here is it? But then I live in sticksville and I don't know what the townies get up to. How do you celebrate Halloween? It never was a big thing when I was a child because Bonfire night was the biggie. However, I get the impression that most children these days go trick-or-treating which I HATE. I remember opening the door to some people years ago in a big town I lived in and their masks were so scarey. Poor Amber who had come to the door with me was terrified and I never opened my door again. Sorry I can be a bit of a party pooper.
Anyway, I opened my copy of 'Festivals, Family and Food' ( great book by the way) and learned this "Corresponding to the Celtic feast of Beltaine or May day which ushered in the heat and vegetation of summer was the Eve of Samhain which marked November 1st as the first day of winter's cold and barrenness. The transition period from autumn to winter was thought in ancient times to include the return of the souls of the departed to mischief, witchcraft, magic and hobgoblins of very sort.... Interesting stuff. Maybe we'll do some applebobbing and have some pumpkin soup.
As you know it was half term last week and Tom took the week off too. I think after so much time in London he needed a break. Not that he got to rest much as he was in full demand to make up a football game kit that I had bought for Rohan. Now this chap had wanted subbuteo and I wasn't too sure about it. Luckily I found a kit to make up a subbeteo type game in the Opitec catalogue and when poor Tom read the instructions he started to sweat. However, after a whole day in the shed plus some more look what they produced. Rohan has since spent hours making up the advertising on the sides. Incase you're wondering the ball is a marble and the players are those white and red things with sticks poking out of their heads. To kick the marble you pull back a stick and the (red/white) ball which is on a rubber band kicks the football.
Apparently, it's much better than subbeteo according to Dad and the boys know no better and love it.
Saturday was my day in the shed because I realised that I could put off no longer the sorting out of the dyed fleece and fibre. So I bagged everything into different colours/dyes and I got to on my my friend's drum carder. Thank goodness I have that to work on. I've decided that I'm going to bag up a range of colours and sell them. However, I'm not too sure to try them on etsy or just wait until our christmas fair. Maybe when I discover that I have 50 bags of fibre I'll be more proactive in selling it! By the way some of it is cotswold and some of it is blue faced leicester and it's good for felting. So if you fancy a bag let me know? Actually what you could help me with is which tags to use on etsy like plant dyed, roving etc. What would you type in to get fibre to felt with?
Other than that I got Ruby and Lucy ready for selling. I made a jacket for Ruby and a bag with knitting in for Lucy:
and then I made a pumpkin child to go on the seasonal table. Our last one had been nibbled by a mouse and in a very timely way I received a pattern from Ramona in our swap last week and turkeyfeathers posted up this pattern which she made up with some dyed blanket I'd sent her. So there was no excuse. Here's the little chap - (again I've made a small waldorf head).
Finally, I'm going to leave you with a pic of some curtains that I found in the charity shop (not a cheappie bargain they were £3, but still):
Vintage Magic Roundabout would you believe. I nabbed them pretty quickly. However, I'm not totally sure what to make with them. I did think about using them as curtains but they need lining and making up and after my last bout of making curtains for the WHOLE house I CANNOT make another curtain. The fabric is cotton, thickish and you can see the weave. So come on you creative types any ideas you can give me? I'm very happy to give some of the fabric away too if you fancy a piece?