I had some trouble with the lace section, which surprised me as I’m usually pretty good with repetitive lace patterns. I made a few mistakes, some I fixed and some I fudged. You can’t tell unless you look closely. But overall, I’m pleased, and I look forward to wearing it next October. I think I may knit another in a gradient one day. I hope I learned enough from my mistakes not to repeat them!
This little pumpkin was made by a young woman at the Ohio Craft Museum on Saturday. She wasn’t happy with the shape or the lines that formed, so I asked if she wanted to make a new one. She was much happier with the second one, and although I suggested she take both, she left this little guy behind. I thought the line made a great mouth and gave him two little eyes. He inspired some of the kids to put features on theirs. I brought him home and gave him to Bob. I think he has a lot of character.
I had a great time teaching at the event. One little boy whispered to his mom, “I can’t believe I made this!” I haven’t led a workshop in a long time, and I’d forgotten how rewarding it is.
I finished knitting my 2 Spooky Halloween Hat! Pattern by Nancy Bates. I bought the kit with yarn from Aly Bee Workshop: Superwash Merino Worsted in Pumpkin Spice, Spooky, Poison Apple, Trick or Treat, and Natural.
It’s a good fit. I opted to steam block it since it’s superwash, and I didn’t want it to grow.
I decorated the pumpkin faces with duplicate stitch.
I’m all pumpkined out for Halloween, just in time for October!
When I was in town last week, I stopped by a new thrift store in Columbus. I found this cowboy pumpkin for $3.99! I’ve been wanting a new ceramic jack o’lantern, but I didn’t want to spend $60. This one is better, anyway. Look at all that character! I named him Slim
As you can see, he had a weird black splodge on his hat. I ordered some orange enamel paint to cover that up.
I thought as long as I was at it, I’d go ahead and get him a star for his hat. Then I thought I’d be really funny, and find a pentagram.
I ended up with a pentacle, but it works. Meet Slim, the good Sheriff of Witchwood! Happy Fall Equinox!
I started knitting this last October, but realized pretty quickly I was not going to be able to finish it by Halloween. I was also annoyed that I had to take the stitch marker off every right side row and move it. Fast forward to July 2022: I loved knitting this! It was great TV knitting, intuitive and repetitive, and the whole stitch marker thing became part of the rhythm. (I guess I was more grumpy and stressed last year. Funny how that works.)
As much as I love a good wrap, let’s face it. I’ll be wearing it more like this.
My next Halloween sweater will be the same pattern, but a short sleeved gradient pullover with purple cats!
This La Bien Aimée gradient has been in my stash since the great yarn hoard of 2020. I bought the purple to go with it, and over dyed the green. I wanted the green for the cat’s eyes. Now I’m thinking a pale teal would have gone with the set better. The original green of the yarn was too pale. This yarn is sport weight, but it’s superwash so it will grow. I’m also a loose knitter. Don’t worry. I’ll knit a swatch. Maybe that will also help me decide what to do about the green.
Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite holiday, as you may have guessed. I’m wearing my Sleepy Hollow dress and Cemetery Drive cowl today.
I have a leather jacket that an artist I know painted, and I love wearing it. But I don’t always love having the back of my jacket painted as it attracts a lot of attention. So I purchased a used, plain leather jacket on Poshmark and I’m very happy with it. I wouldn’t buy a new one, but a used one feels less harmful.
I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m knitting and sewing here and there. I had another “this is my hobby not my job” epiphany. Work has been busy with events for Fair Trade Month. And now we’re moving into the holidays. It feels very sudden!
I needed a knitting pick me up, so I stash-dove and decided to knit an Aurealis sweater. I’m just now starting the short row shaping on the neck, so not much to see yet. I’ve updated my Year of Projects list.
I sewed some monster PJ pants for Bob.
This Halloween Livie shawl won’t be done today, so I may pack it away for next fall.
What about you? Any Halloween makes this year? Are you ready for the holiday season to begin?