September is always a busy, busy time … the beginning of the school year (a son returned to university), the Jewish holy days, family birthdays and the resumption of the choral season. And then there was the presidential campaign as well this time around.
When not working at the local Obama campaign office, I managed to squeeze out enough spare time to finish a number of special projects. In honor of the Jewish New Year, I finished a knitted shofar and pomegranate, symbols of the holiday. In advance of Sukkot (in October), I added some new knitted and felted etrogs for our family sukkah, to make the space even more hospitable to the interfaith and peace groups we expected to visit. (more here).
The Sarah Palin “pigs in lipstick” broohaha prompted a bit of needlework fun – to raise a few smiles at the campaign office and on the street (and as a contribution to the Knitters for Obama fundraiser on Ravelry), I executed some crocheted kitsch: Pigs on Parade – a toilet paper cover, lipstick case, mobile phone case, condom amulet, keychain and badge. For a few weeks it seemed I couldn’t make them fast enough! (more images here, and more information here and here). With the holidays imminent, I also made a few Obamulke’s – one for the Minyan Project, another for the Ravelry fundraiser (inspired by the efforts of Jews for Obama to encourage the use of political kippot). Seeing this kippah featured on Judaicablog was especially gratifying.
My youngest sweet niece-let had her 5th birthday this month, and she asked for a set of playfood for her kitchen (“Some ice cream and desserts, and hamburgers and hot dogs. Any maybe some sandwiches. And hot chocolate. And ….”). What did I manage for ZB’s big day?
- Breakfast:fried egg, toast point, turkey bacon slices and a croissant
- Lunch: cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread (cheese, tomato, lettuce)
- Dinner: cheeseburger (bun, burger, onion, tomato & lettuce, cheese slice) and curly french fries
- Desserts: 2 ice cream cones, 3 oreo cookies, and 3 chocolate cookies
[For the ice cream cones I used the Scooped, by Em-En, at I Like Lemons patterns. The rest of the food items were improvised, though influenced thoroughly by many wonderful examples of others' work (such as here, here, and here, here, here and here). more images here.]
There must have been a few moments of spare time, since I signed onto my first “swap” on Ravelry, the Day of the Dead Swap. This Mexican holiday is something of a family favorite, in spite of its Christian and pagan meaning, and I began to research furiously in order to come up with something special. With so much information stewing, I found it hard to avoid making calavera skulls wherever I went and with whatever material I had at hand – that meant masks made from hot glue (left) or felted wool (right), or craft project leftovers at my niece’s birthday party (center).