Life with Miss Mairi Rose is often an adventure. For months and months she told everyone who would listen that she was going to be a mermaid for Halloween. After a while I, seasoned parent though I may be, even believed her. This went on for at least 6 months and I started making plans in the back of my head. A month before Halloween she woke up one day and announced she was going to be….
So she could play a joke on the neighbors and scare them (in a playful way).
Okay. I’m flexible.
That lasted for a week or so until she heard of a different, better joke. One that she could play on a lot of people. She decided that she was going to tie a rope around her waist with the ends kind of picked apart a bit. When people guessed what she was she would say, “I’m afraid not!” (a- frayed-knot). She greatly enjoyed using that line for about a week.
“Guess what I’m going to be for Halloween!”
“I’m afraid not!” she would glibly reply with great enthusiasm and much emphasis.
Elijah was aghast. A chance for a homemade costume and that was what she was going with?!? Several of her siblings tried to talk her out of it, but she stood her ground. She was being a frayed knot.
One afternoon shortly before Halloween, when no one else was around, she quietly cuddled up to me and in a very little voice said, “Mommy, is it too late to change my costume?”
A modest mermaid costume is a tricky thing to pull off. I made the dress from some cotton velour I had about. You know how I love my double duty Halloween costumes (Galen got a new pair of winter pants this year) and she is in need of cool weather clothing.
I strung a seashell necklace, she strung a seashell bracelet. The starfish was needle felted with the beads sewn on after it was formed. The tulle skirt is supposed to be the ocean. I’m not sure if that’s clear, especially in pictures since you can’t really see the layered colors and wavy texture too well.
The tail snaps on and off so that the skirt can be used separately. She’s forever looking for new costumes for the little shows she puts on and I thought it might be useful.
Our littlest love, as you well know, was a lamb. I knitted roving to form the bonnet, needle felting the ears. The tights (see this tutorial) turned out so adorable and fit so well that I think I’ll have to make several more pairs. The shape of the body was based on the Sis Boom Carly Baby Bubble, greatly modified to suit our needs. I made it out of batting.
She was born right in the midst of lambing season here. Two of the lambs up the road share her birthday, with the others mostly being a day or two to either side. For the first few days after she was born she didn’t cry, but made these tiny little bleating noises that made her sound rather like a baby lamb herself. It seemed fitting.