felting, knitting

More Skulls

Hallowe’en is a big deal around here; especially because Devan’s birthday is just two days before. It gets busy with parties and baking and events that all need to be fit in. This year I think I baked two birthday cakes (for separate parties), a batch of birthday cupcakes to share with classmates, and more cupcakes for the annual charity bake sale at Rod’s office.

skulls

Just to add to the stress level a little, I decided to crochet these adorable little felted skulls for the kids goody bags for Devan’s birthday party. They were really a quick little project. I crocheted seven of them out of a ball of Paton’s Classic Wool (with plenty left over) from my stash.

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Classic Wool felts wonderfully, but it was an experiment to see if our new front loading washing machine would do the job. I threw them in a pillowcase tied off with an elastic band and included them in with our sheets. I used the “sanitize” cycle which is scalding hot. Seemed to do the trick. For good measure I put them through with another load (towels this time) and then reshaped them and set them out to dry.

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The kids loved them. At school this week, I saw one of them dangling from a parent’s purse as a decoration. I heard later that she and her daughter were “fighting” over who gets it. Another parent asked if I had made skulls for the parents too.