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Constantly Knitting

Lately I’ve been knitting in every second of my spare time. My mom has requested some knit headbands for a couple of her antique shows this holiday season to put antique buttons and pins on, so I’ve been hard at work with those. Also a couple of my co-workers have asked me to make a few custom items for them. I really love making those small things. Instant gratification and then often I get to see the knitwear in use which means me happy. I’ve got so many knitting plans and a sweater to finish and *cough* secret gifts to make *cough* so when I’m not working or studying it’s been full on knitting mode.

I was browsing the Knitpicks website and I think I’ll be making one or two of these tiny little sweaters for our tree this year.

They’re way too cute and will add a nice personal touch to our tree. We were in Target a few weeks ago and saw some wreaths wrapped in yarn. I figured I could do one myself instead of paying $20 for one. Looks like I’m not the only one with this idea! I LOVE this one from The Pleated Poppy even though it’s not wrapped in yarn, it speaks to me. I’m going to have to plan out what I want to do and make it this week. Maybe one for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas. All of them are just gorgeous. I’m thinking we’re going to have a very yarn covered Christmas…

 

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Pumpkin Patch


I had this sitting as a draft for a bit too long which was not my original intention.

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a wonderful trip to one of the many local pumpkin patches – Boyd’s Orchards. I’ve been there a couple of times since I’ve lived here but it was our first trip together. We had an amazing time exploring the corn maze, the hay ride, petting the farm animals and picking out our pumpkins! We chose two very nice looking pumpkins, which were not directly off the branch but close to it! We ended up bringing home two large pumpkins, some apple cider donuts, and some pumpkin butter. I still can’t get over how amazing the pumpkin butter was. We still have a jar left that we’re hanging on to.

I’m hoping we can make it a tradition to go to the pumpkin patch every year together. It was such a memorable afternoon.

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Halloween Birthday

Halloween was my mom’s birthday and I thought I’d share what I made for her since it has safely arrived and is in use.

She loved it! And I had a lot of fun making it. I finished it months ago so I wouldn’t be rushing when it came time to mail it. I did rush though and still didn’t finish another gift I had planned on sending and I’m still working on that (it’s still a secret!). Just didn’t get the time I was hoping for to sit down and finish it. Happy Birthday Mom!

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Sandy

I’ve haven’t brought this up but I’m absolutely heartbroken over what Hurricane Sandy has done to my old town in New Jersey and the destruction and chaos she’s brought upon my friends and former classmates who still live there. From the pictures, the actual road that ran through my town was completely covered in sand and debris. I know those who live there now are strong and tough and will rebuild. Thankfully my family in Delaware made it out safely with just a lot of leaves that came down. I’m keeping everyone affected in my thoughts right now.

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Halloween and Upcoming Weekend Excitement

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We kept it low key since I was working until late so we stayed home watching The Walking Dead and carving pumpkins. As usual – no trick-or-treaters here so it was nice and quiet.

As for the sweater? It’s really progressing nicely. I’m starting on the front and I’m hoping by Monday I’ll be blocking it. A sweater in two weeks? Yes, please!

This weekend we’ll be checking out the North American Livestock Expo in Louisville so I can finish the rough draft for my term paper. I’m making Mike get up early with me so we can see the alpaca and llama class first thing in the morning and then the Jersey sale later in the day. I’ve only been to horse expos so I think this will be a lot of fun! Have a great weekend!

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New Sweater

On Monday I cast on for my third sweater, Schooly from Knitty by Stefanie Japel. I’ve wanted to make it since Knitty Deep Fall came out and went over a few choices for yarns to use. I decided to go with some ultra alpaca that I picked out at Magpie Yarn. I went over every color of ultra alpaca that Jane carries before we both agreed this burgundy color would be perfect. If the amount of yarn I’m using is any indication I’m about 2/5ths of the way through. It’s a nice easy knit that I really don’t have to pay attention too but I’m loving it so far. I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it when I’m done. Mmmm alpaca!

 

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Cat Shaming

After seeing Dog-Shaming.com the other night, I couldn’t resist this. This is our year old ginger tabby named Autumn who is constantly surprising us. Almost every morning I come down to all of the bottom cabinet doors open. 

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The Lost Ball of Yarn

I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to find a lost ball of yarn. I know I have a lot of yarn but really? It’s just a simple ball of Kroy Sock Yarn I purchased a long time ago in very Halloween like colors. For years it sat in my sock yarn bins and at one point last winter I cast on for a pair of socks and was going to play around with making my own pattern. For some reason or another I ripped back to the toe and threw it in a bag. I failed however to throw that ball’s mate into the same bag and about three weeks ago when I pulled it out and decided to use it to knit up a pair of socks for Mike, I figured the other ball would turn up before I was done. Flash forward about two days when I started working on the cuff and figured I’d take a peek around. Not sock in my bins, not in my WIP bags, just nothing.

I just spent the past 45 minutes digging through every corner of my townhouse that has yarn, nothing. I wanted to finish the pair by Halloween but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.

However, the dig through the sock yarn bin has pulled up some beauties I’d forgotten about that will now be closer to the front of the line to knit. I’ve got another pair I’m working on for Mike so don’t feel too bad. He picked out the yarn for this particular pair right after he first moved in and that was almost a year ago so at least I’ll have those done for him before the year marker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took a nice late afternoon walk today (as nice as I could on my lunch break). It was nice and we enjoyed the sites and sounds of fall. I think we’re going to venture out to one of the haunted houses this weekend. Already mid-October. This season is going too quickly!