We have four main yarn bases:
Sock Toad 80/20 SW/Nylon 400 yds per 100 g
100% Toad 100% Superwash 400 yds per 100g
DK Toad 100% Superwash 231 yds per 100g
Sweater Toad 100% Superwash 181 yds per 100g
We also offer Hairy Toad for some colors. 74% Baby Suri Alpaca/26% Silk 328 yds per 50g. You can use the Hairy Toad instead of mohair, it’s super soft and silky.
Our fingering weight minis are 80/20 SW/Nylon and 82 yds per 20g and 75/25 SW/Nylon 46 yds per 10g. DK Weight minis are 100% SW 40 yds per 20g.
Autumn has come to The Hollow and everyone is getting ready for Halloween and most houses have Jack-O-Lanterns sitting on steps. Only one house remains undecorated - dark and silent. On the top of Watch Tree Hill sits Old Mrs Hoot’s house. No one has lived there in almost 4 years and the grass and weeds have taken over. Sometimes, when you are walking by after dark, you hear skittering and creaking - almost as if the house is trying to talk to you. The kids think it’s haunted, especially since Henry swears he saw lights flickering inside. “Not like our lights,” he explains, “but more like a ghost carrying a candle.” Sam asks how Henry would know what a ghost carrying a candle looks like but Henry just says “if you saw it, you would know.”
Sam doesn’t argue this because there are more important things to discuss such as Halloween costumes and Trick or Treat routes. This is the first year they are allowed to go out for Halloween (almost) on their own. Brian, Henry’s big brother will be going with them but he’s promised to leave them alone if they each give him one of their (big) candy bars. Henry, Sam, Pete & Frank have spent most of October planning the optimal Trick or Treat route. They know which houses to avoid (Mr Franklin who just hands out raisins) and which to go to first (Mrs Wight who has homemade donuts - but they run out fast).
Finally, Halloween night arrives and the boys are ready to go. Sam is an explorer, Pete is a dragon, Frank is a detective, and Henry is of course a pirate. Before they leave, Sam’s dad says “You can go anywhere in The Hollow but stay away from Mrs Hoot’s house. There may be squatters living there and I don’t want you bothering them. Mr Squirrel & Mr Badger saw lights there the other night.” See?” hissed Henry. “I told you!”
The boys run off with Brian ambling along behind. Everything goes to plan and they have bags full of candy as it starts getting late. As they head home, the boys are trying to scare each other with ghost stories when Brian says “I dare you guys to go to Mrs Hoot’s home and see if anyone is there.” The four boys look at each other. “I’ll go,” says Henry, who is not afraid of anything. “Me too” says Sam, who always wants to be brave. Then they look at Frank and Pete who shuffle their feet and say “oookay - but you go first.”
The boys creep quietly up the steps to the porch where there is a large knocker on the door in the shape of a bird’s beak. The four stand looking at one another, jumping at every sound until Frank darts forward and bangs the knocker loudly then runs back to his friends. The door slowly creaks open and they see a huge shadow standing in the doorway. “Hello?” whispers Pete. “Sam? Frank? Pete? And of course, Henry. What are you four doing here?” asks the shadow.
“Mr Owl?” squeaks Sam. The shadow turns on the porch light and there is their school principal. “What are you doing here?” ask all four boys together. “Mrs Hoot was my mother” explains Mr Owl, “and no one has lived here since she died. I thought it would make a great haunted house for my Halloween party so we’ve been fixing it up all month. We had to work after school - mostly at night - which led to stories of ghosts and squatters. It all helped build the spooky image I wanted. But come in - do you want to see what we’ve done?”
Inside, there is a long hallway with doors on either side. The first thing the boys see is an owl statue dressed in a long green cloak and a top hat with goggles pushed up, holding a tall metal staff. As Sam walks by, the statue slowly winks. “Eeep!” squeaks Sam. “The statue just winked at me.” “Whooo me?” comes a deep voice behind them. “Billy!” laughs Mr Owl. “That’s my brother,” he explains to the boys.
“This is the Costume Room” says Mr Owl as he opens a door. The walls are lined with all sorts of clothing from long frilly dresses to suits that look like panthers. “This is for anyone who doesn’t have a costume.” “Or for anyone who wants to be something different” pipes a voice. There is Mrs Dab, their art teacher. “Costumes are my favorite way of becoming someone new,” she says. Tonight she is wearing a dashing black and orange witches hat with purple striped socks and black, pointy shoes.
“Moving on” says Mr Owl. “This is the Trick Room where nothing is as it seems.” “Look at that” breathes Pete, pointing to a huge white cake with fluffy icing. “It’s made of meatloaf and mashed potatoes,” laughs Mr Gilly, their Social Studies teacher. “And the donuts?” asks Pete. “Cardboard circles with icing on top” answers Mr Gilly.
“It’s much better in the Treat Room” says Mr Owl. Henry gasps happily when he sees a plate piled high with bright pink, orange, and green cookies. “Macaroons” he sings. (They are his favorite dessert.) ‘Later, Henry” says Mr Owl. “It’s ok” whispers Miss Kyle as she slips one of each color onto a plate. He loves his home room teacher!
The boys follow Mr Owl through the doorway into a dark room that has a single table with a cauldron in the middle of it and drinking glasses along the edge. Smoke billows out from the cauldron. “The Drink Room” booms Mr Owl. “What’s making it smoke like that?” asks Frank, fearfully. “Dry ice” explains Miss Tierney, their science teacher. “It helps keep it cool but don’t worry - it’s just fruit punch” she smiles.
“And finally,” says Mr Owl, opening a large door at the end of the hallway. “Here is the party.” There, in the backyard, there are orange, green, purple and yellow lights hanging from the trees. There are games set up in different parts of the yard and it is full of people. Most of their schoolmates are there as well as their parents. “Dad!” says Sam. “I thought you told us not to come here!” “Because I knew that was a sure fire way to get you here” his father says. “And if that didn’t work, I told Brian to dare you to come up to the porch.”
Brian snickers and wanders off to find his friends. Mr Bunny continues “We’ve all been working in secret to get this party ready for you kids. But Mr Owl and your teachers did most of the work so make sure you say thank you! Since the party is for you, we’re going home but we’ll be back at the end to walk you home. Enjoy yourselves!”
And that’s how we celebrate Halloween here at The Hollow!
Happy Halloween All! 🎃
Today we're chatting quilts and stuffies. Does it get better than that?
We are getting ready to start the Tula Pink Curiouser & Curiouser Mad Hatter Quilt and we're beyond excited! Starting July 1st, we're going to have Facebook meetings every two weeks to cheer everyone on. If you got the quilt kit from us and want to join in, Thursday July 1st will be going through the instruction booklet and starting to cut the fabrics. We'll list the meetings in our Facebook group Crafting with The Toads. We do have three kits remaining if you missed the pre-order and still want to join us.
MB is making Callie the Cat from Crochet Cute Critters by Sarah Zimmerman - the body is done and the head is a work in progress. Helen is making Sadie Sourie by Cinthia Designs. Follow us on Instagram (@toadhollownj) to see updates of our progress. Be sure to show us your stuffies either in our Facebook group or on Ravelry. Be sure to tag your phots with #toadhollowcamp
During our drive to VA, we had multiple chats about quilts to start. Helen is making the Mandolin quilt by Tales of Cloth using Garden Party fabric by Anita Jeram. MB started the Double Layer Cake Quilt following a video by Missouri Star Quilt Co. She is using a layer cake we have in Tula Pink's Homemade fabric line.
Today on the podcast, we chatted about our trip to Williamsburg VA for World Wide Knit in Public Day and our trunk show.
On Saturday, we visited Flying Needles Yarn
where we hung out with Susan and her staff and lots of customers who stopped by to knit in public with us. We chatted, we ate, we shopped! All around - it was such a wonderful time!
We were so inspired by Susan's yarn (Robin's Promise Yarn Co) and her samples that we got a few skeins to start something new. Helen is making the Comodo by Nicola Susan. She chose 4 skeins of pinks/purples to make it into a fade.
I chose yarn to make the Soldotna Crop using the following colors:
This is the sample that Susan had in her shop that made me fall in love!
You can see why I HAD to get yarn right away for it!
On Sunday, we drove to Woodbridge to visit the nephews before they left. On our way, we stopped in Occoquan, VA where we ran into the Hitchcock Paper Co and found some really cool papery things, including this awesome planner
by KatieDaisy called Wild Beauty
(which is not available in their online shop but is on Amazon which we linked to).
We also touched on Harry Potter and why we are no longer associating our yarn with the books. Also, we have changed the TriWizarding Tournament to Toad Hollow Summer Camp. We still have places for you to upload your pictures in progress and finishes both on Facebook and Ravelry.
We hope you guys have a great rest of the day. Go forth and create and we will see you on Friday - with progress on multiple projects.