The force was with me…

I was reminded this morning whilst wandering aimlessly (well no, there actually was an aim, maybe I should say gormlessly) around Asda, that Dylan had a birthday party to go to, as if that wasn’t enough, I was then reminded it was fancy dress! BUGGER!

Now I don’t know about you, but I refuse to pay £20 odd for a suit from high street stores for something kids are only going to wear once or twice (If I’m lucky) before the child has grown out of it.

So, in a mad rush we scooted around all 3 of the charity shops to see what we could find, and then decide on what he was going as…

We found a very long Laura Ashley skirt for £3 and a pair of battered leather gloves for £1:


(I will not fight you – yeah right!)

With the help of a black dress I didn’t wear anymore and a light sabre Dylan was given because it didn’t work, the skirt became a cape, I made a hood out of the dress and cut the tops off the gloves (so they fitted) and in 3/4 of an hour my little boy became a Jedi Knight.


(Obi Wan pose)

Beat that Yoda!

UK Swap questionnaire

Part One: Crafting

Do you knit, crochet, or both?
I can do both, though I am a better knitter.

What do you like to make? Do you have a favourite project?
I don’t think there’s anything I wouldn’t have a go at.

Do you have a favourite type of fibre or brand of yarn?
I love alpaca, although I am slightly allergic, I can’t resist the softness of the yarn.

Do you have a least favourite type of yarn?
Don’t like the novelty yarns too much.

Do you do any other crafts?
All sorts, I do a lot of papercrafts, sew, weaving, you name it, I’ve probably had a go!

What knitting do you bring ‘on the go’?
Small, mindless projects like hats or bags.

What do you carry your ‘on the go’ knitting in? Do you want something new?
I only have my handbag (which is quite big) to carry my knitting in.

Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over?
Oh yes, loads of things, you want a list?

Part Two: Your Favourites

What is your favourite colour? What is your least favourite colour?
I like most colours, dark greens, blues and reds are the best. Least favourite? I suppose neons.

What scents/smells do you like? What don’t you like?
I like the more fruity or minty smells, not too strong. And I hate the smell of vanilla!

How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure)

I like bath oils and body lotions

What goodies to you like to treat your tummy with? (chocolate, biscuits, truffles, etc.)
biscuits…no chocolate!

Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Any particular kind? Favourite mug/cup?

I’m a coffee addict, though I drink tea every now and then. I love mugs and cups.

Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts)
I love sci fi dvds, siderman, star wars and all that! I’m a big fan of Nick Cave, but listen to all types of music really.

Part Three: Living & Past-times

Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address)
south wales

Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?
I was born in scotland, lived in south wales, then to gloucestershire, then to north wales, then to leicester, and back to south wales!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Greenland or egypt

If you couldn’t go to a knitting group, what other kind of gathering would you go to? (book club, tea party, yoga class, jewelery class, etc.)
craft, book club, poetry groups

What’s your style? (elegant, traditional, glamourous, girly, natural, sporty, outgoing, etc.)
I suppose kinda emo/grunge kinda thing, you know, dark clothes and cargo pants!

Final Part

Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?
I’m slightly allergic to wool, I can’t wear it, but I can knit with it. Chocolate gives me migraines.

Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know?

Not that I can think of.

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11 thoughts on “The force was with me…

  1. Ooh that’s a brilliant costume, I must remember that tip when Rheya’s older and asking for a costume. I might pinch that questionnaire tomorrow when I’m bored :oP

  2. Isn’t it great when you can find a creative way around the costume thing, and still keep your young man happy? My kids still love going to our local ‘Value Village’, just to replenish the dress-up stuff now and then… great work!

    And poor you – no chocolate?! I’m going to have some right now on your behalf…

  3. LOL Thanks Diedre! I can have a little, but not as much as I’d like, I can’t eat posh chocolates like Green & Blacks or Lindt at all 😦

  4. That is a great costume, although Neo does like to dress up in his Spiderman costume…most days and I did pick up a really cute Mr Incredible suit from E-bay that he wears alot!
    I’m trying to think of silly things for you to knit, as you have said in your questionairre that you don’t think there’s anything that you wouldn’t have a go at….knitted underpants for the boys…in something itchy?? Lol

  5. I LOVE the Jedi costume … it’s way better than a shop bought one. Hope he enjoyed his party and didn’t go toooo wild with the light sabre;)

  6. Brilliant costume – The force is with him well and truly.

    kayaking – you’ll have to make it a family thing when the children get bigger – that’s how I started.

    Everytime I stop by your blog, I think of the snowman now: goes off into the distance humming the theme tune “la la la la la laaaaaa!”

  7. Great costume, so much better than a shop bought one. I used to love making fancy dress clothes for the kids when they were small and now Kath has started to make some for Emily:)

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