October 22, 2009

October leethal quick knits club

It’s been over a week since I mailed out the October leethal quick knits club packages, so it’s time to show them off!  I was so excited about putting this one together, with its costumes theme!


So that’s an example of a whole package above, and I’ll start with the patterns, since those are the most fun part!  The 15 yard pattern – Old Timey Moustache (with sideburns)!

Old Timey Moustache!

From the note to members: I went there, I totally caved into the moustache trend, I know.  I had to though, knowing a knit moustache would be such a perfect 10-15 yard project, and wanting a costume-themed October club, I just couldn’t resist!

I designed it so it can be worn with or without glasses to help hold it on, as you can see below:

Old Timey Moustache! Old Timey Moustache!

And pattern #2 – Superhero (or Supervillain) Mask!

Superhero Mask!

It’s garter stitch, asymmetrical, and uses a weird short rows method that I made up (I’m sure it’s been used by others, but I’ve never seen it) for the eyeholes.

Also designed to wear alone or over glasses:

Superhero Mask! Superhero Mask!

The dyed yarn started as solid grey unraveled sweater, which was overdyed with shades of orange, making a variegated grey to reddish brown.  The special thing about this yarn is its fabulously soft fiber content – 40% wool, 30% rayon, 20% angora, 10% cashmere (recycled from an Abercrombie and Fitch sweater).  A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall:

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

The bulky weight spun yarn is a blend of 6 different fall-y colors – a yellow wool (recycled from a DKNY 100% wool sweater), 2 different 100% cotton sweater yarns (orange and green), a mystery lace weight orange yarn (maybe wool), and 2 threads (green and light orange); all spun together with tension switching between the different yarns, for a fun, uneven look.  Seeds May Fall:

Seeds May Fall Seeds May Fall

The fun extra was a pair of recycled socks cuffs, or wristwarmers, or fingerless ninja mitts by snipping little holes in the tops for thumbs.  They’ll go great with any superhero costume!!  I thought about making them into ninja mitts myself, but I wanted members to decide if they want them to just be cuffs, or if they want to cut up some other old socks and make multi-sock mitts, or do any other fun embellishments!


Since both costumes can be worn with glasses to hold them on, I included an awesome pair of costume glasses.  Plus a little monster puppet as a bonus Halloween gift!  Lastly, each member got 3 pieces of 2-sided tape to help secure the sideburns and ‘stache in place.

monstersandglasses monsters

Ok, that was October!  I’m starting work on November now, which will be a little extra special since there’s no December club – you have till Nov 1st to sign up!

Filed under: knitting,quick knits,yarn — leethal @ 10:23 pm
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