My Dear Jane Journal

I have moved all the posts for my "Dear Jane" quilt to a separate Blog.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rhappy Rhallowreen!

Zoinks! It's Scooby Doo!
(Hubby did a great job on this years pumpkin.)

Myra is an Oriental Fairy.

Ninja Turtle Noah.

Prince Erik. (based on a online game character)

Happy Halloween!

Knit Hat

This is my second knit hat. The first was an unwanted gray blob. This hat is a winner with its 12 year old owner. Finished a day after his birthday. (oops!)
This hat is so much better. Lots of stretch and length made it a perfect fit.

The Pattern was found at I did change the decrease to keep the pattern going up to the very top of the hat.

I used size 7 dpns and Red Heart Super Saver in Camouflage. This size is a good one size fits most. But I would like a smaller size for the younger members of the family.
I think I will do the pattern again and try smaller dpns. I am not sure why I picked size 7 this time. ( I am guessing I thought for some reason the pattern said size 4 mm and the closest thing I had was a 7. That is my story and since it worked out, I am sticking to it.)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Birthday Treats

Erik turns 12 tomorrow. I baked some treats for him. Coconut Supreme cake, from a box mix.
Gingerbread acorn cookies, with store bought cream cheese icing ( I colored it orange)and pumpkin shaped sprinkles.. And Chocolate Jumbles skeleton cookies (a chocolate/coffee flavored sugar cookie).

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Prize

At the beginning of September I left a comment on, in regards to the last Harry Potter book. I won this nice Tassel with the release date of the book. And also got my first ever Moo cards. Thanks, Felicia!

I missed my 100th post. So I will be celebrating my 150th post instead. I am only five more posts away, So be on the watch for some sort of prize for leaving A comment on post 150.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween Candle Tray

The mirror is a light weight plastic, so candles need to be in in glass holders.
The webs are made from scraps of muslin. The leaves are some silk ones I pulled off their plastic stems. Spider rings were sewn on to to webs, with the ring part cut off. The bottom and frame of mirror were covered with fabric. Button thread was used to weave the web (edges securely sewn to fabric covering the mirror). All intersections of the web were glued with fabric glue to keep them from slipping. Fabric glue was also used to glue leaves and muslin webs in place. I pinned everything down while the glue dried. And because I am impatient , I put it on the shoe rack in my clothes dryer to speed dry it.

I am busy finishing up Halloween costumes for the kids.

Myra put here new socks on as soon as she saw I had finished them. She really likes them.

I have added a link for Halloween Part Pictures. Check the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I did it! I finished the second sock before the end of the month. Hurray!
They don't quite match, but I am happy with them just the same.
There were a few mistakes I made in the first sock that I did not make in the second sock and a mistake in the second sock that changed the look along the instep. Overall a good learning experience. I am ready to knit another pair. But first I have a few UFO's to finish.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Party Time!

The Hatter argues that it was Tea Time. The costumes were fun to make and fun to wear.
The party was terrific fun.
Good Food, Good Friends and Great Music!

The Blue Pirate shirt looks great on it's new owner. And was complimented by the addition of a Jabot in the same fabric for extra ruffles.

I did not take many pictures, but when friends add their pictures to their WEB pages I will add a link.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

An Evening Bag for Wonderland

Just big enough for the basics. And really fun to make. All fabrics, except the plain pink lining, are left overs from the costumes.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Kimono ...

...for the fairy wings.
This Halloween costume will also require a magic wand. I did however, talk Myra out of wanting to carry a big paper umbrella. She needs to keep one hand free for the bag of candy. Just a few hems to do and this will be all finished.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Still sewing....

A vest and a shirt, for the Mad Hatter.

And a start on some fairy wings.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Halloween Madness

We have been invited to a Costume Party! Fun!

Madly sewing up a couple of outfits.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

One sock

Wow! It fits!
The second is started. hooray!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Dreams do come true

Two years ago I bought two skeins of sock yarn, with the dream of learning to knit. Three days ago I took the plunge and started a sock. The sock will be my fourth ever finished knitting project. Hopefully before the end of the month I will have a pair. Today I made the turn in the heel and I felt such a super sense of accomplishment. I hope to finish the first sock tomorrow and cast the second one on, committing myself to finishing the pair. Unfortunately the sock I picked is too small for me to wear. But I tried it on Myra's foot and it is just right. And she is super excited mom is knitting her socks.

She said " I thought you did not know how to knit." To which I answered " I am Learning how."

Thanks to all the bloggers who share their craftiness with the rest of us, for providing me with inspiration and courage to try something new.

Thanks to ~*~Knitting Up A Storm~*~ for leaving me a comment and giving me that last little nudge over the edge to get started on a sock.

And here it is in progress. My first sock.

The pattern was found on It is the Horcrux Socks.

I also spent a lot of time watching the videos on Learning to yo, k2tog, ssk and p2tog, and watching the heel turn process.

I know it probably should not take me all month to finish one pair of socks but sometimes "things" come up. I set my goal for the end of this month because I know I will have to do Halloween costumes and I might feel the urgent need to start something unexpected ( just like I did when I started the sock! ).

I also did a prototype of a pirate shirt to find out how long It take to sew the shirt up. 8 hrs and 20 minutes. I blame the ruffles for taking up the most time. And I am super picky about the details of hemming and button holes. Also I hate the look of those little metal grommets and they usually fall out on me so I sewed all the eyelets.

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