Appropriately, these socks were finished on the way to the pumpkin patch last weekend where the pickings were already getting a little slim. The pumpkins were in a few leftover piles in the field but we managed to find some good ones and spend a couple of hours seeing the sheep, chicken, goats, rabbits, riding the pedal cars and more, despite wind and hail followed by plenty of sunshine.
The yarn is KnitPicks Dye Your Own in fingering weight that I dyed self-striping with Coreopsis tinctoria and Yarrow over a year ago now, posted about here and here. They were knit toe up with the magic loop on #1 Addi Turbos over 56 stitches and they hit about mid calf so they're bunching around the ankles a little in real life. I just loved knitting these and they had the perfect amount of modern-day witchy-ness when worn today peeking out from under green velveteen jeans and my "new" $4 thrifted-in-Seattle Jack Purcells with the smiles on the toes! So, I guess these triple as a pair for Socktoberfest 2006, the Sock-A-Month knitalong, and I suppose even for the Witch Sock Design Contest. I'm not sure if they can top my last year's knee-high witch socks, though. You can expect to see a lot more of this type of candy-corn striping around here in the next little while. I guess it's in my bones right now.
We've been doing some pretty messy crafting and concocting around here lately, including potato printing, papier-mache and the "oobleck", above, that we made earlier this month while reading Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck. We pulled it back out the other day and added googly eyes to make crazy monsters, aliens, critters, and ghosts. There seems to be a few different "recipes" out there for this stuff. We got ours from The Ultimate Book Of Kid Concoctions, by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel, where they call it Gooey Gunk. Here they call this Glurch and another mix with cornstarch Oobleck. Whatever you call it, it's all gooey and fun... and not nearly as messy as I would have thought.