Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween, cards and mittens

Whew! Thank goodness the kick-off party is over! It was a huge success, the students haven't stopped talking about it. The first 50 students who tell me about what they have read win a CI Reads t-shirt, so I'm going to be busy for the next few weeks while students are earning their t's.

Halloween at home was also a blast! Joe rigged up the front porch with a video camera and speakers. We sat in the living room with our friends and using a cordless microphone we were able to talk to the trick-or-treaters thought the spooky guy on the porch.

We had a few groupies who just hung around and watched us scare the kiddies. On several occasions, I had to bring the candy down to the kids, they were too frightened to come up on the porch. The parents all wanted to know how we did it. I just smiled in response to their questions.
We had over 200 visitors, it was crazy!

I had an idea. I wanted to make thank-you cards for all those people who helped make the kick-off party such a huges success. I decided to try to use up some of my scrapbooking supplies. Using scrapbooking paper, I made these:

They were much faster than the fabric versions I've made.

Lastly, I've discovered a new yarn. Patons SWS yarn is so soft and comes in some fantastic colours. Here's a picture of a pair of mittens that I'm working on. I finally found a pattern that I'm happy with too, thank goodnes. It's the basic mitten pattern form Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns. I've avoided that pattern because it requires knowing the gauge of your knitting, but I just guessed and it seems to have worked out perfectly.


linda said...

The paper cards look great! Isn't it nice how paper and fabric are interchangeable in so many ways? I made some paper ones a while back - the square cutter made things so easy! Yours look great. I'm glad your party was a success!

Debbie said...

Wow - what a great post!
I'm so glad your reading program introduction was such a success. Way to go.

Your Halloween antics sound like such fun. I wish i was celebrating at your house, LOL!

Great thank you gifts - they turned out beautifully. Gorgeous mittens - are they a holiday gift?

Hope you find more crafting time now that you're program is over, but it sounds like the sacrifice was worth it. Much applause to you for keeping those big kids interested in reading!!

beki said...

Those paper cards look fabulous! I love them!!!