Happy Halloween! I had nothing to do with the kids’ costumes besides online shopping, but I would still like to share them here. The kids themselves are homemade, right? And I took the pictures! I try not to act too excited when my kids tell me they want to wear coordinating costumes because I’m afraid if they had any idea how much I like the idea they would decide against it. The big kids have been into Harry Potter since last spring. Worth says he is not Harry Potter but Oliver Wood the quidditch captain, which sounds about right. Dorothy is Hermione, and Daphne is Harry’s owl Hedwig. The kids begged for costumes in the late summer so I went ahead and bought them then. We made a deal that if they decided to wear anything else they’d have to choose from the dress-up bin (no more purchases) and that they were going to pose nicely when the costumes were new so that I got my picture whether they stuck with their Potter plan or not. Now it seems they actually are all on board to wear the costumes Saturday (you should hear Daphne hoot!) and I get to relax and drink hard cider with our neighbors instead of chasing my little wizards around trying to get photographs because I’ve had these since August! I made the little card to send to our family. Have a great Halloween weekend!
I had just enough yarn left over from my Christmas cowl to make a hat for Daphne. I made the mystery beret pattern in the smallest size and didn’t do any of the extra rows. Really, I think extra rows would have looked better but I was low on yarn. As it was, I finished the hat with about a foot of yarn left! This hat will look sweet on her this winter, and I think I may make the pattern again for myself.
What’s up with me and neck-things? I’d been working on one cowl in the house and one in the car, and they happened to come off the hook at about the same time. (Why did she say “hook?” Because I knook knitting patterns instead of knitting them. Google it!) I bought a beautiful skein of Holiday Yarns’ Super Sheep DK in Persephone at a sweet little yarn shop in Haddonfield, NJ, when I was visiting a friend in that town this summer. It was my birthday on the day I was there and the pretty shades of red spoke to me, so of course I treated myself! The photo doesn’t do it justice; it is so hard to photograph reds. I used the Qiviut Neck Muff pattern, though the wool is superwash merino. This is the second time I’ve made this pattern, and I think I left the last repeat off both times because it was big enough already, but it was a nice pattern. I like the zig-zags and it’s a quick and engaging knit. It’s my plan to wear this basically throughout the month of December. All I have to do is throw on a black or gray knit shirt (or dress, if it’s that kind of occasion) and this cowl will make me look festive because of the pretty colors.
A new local yarn store opened in my city last year, but sadly I’ve only been able to visit once. Homeschooling three kids just isn’t very compatible with visiting lovely yarn stores to browse and shop. (No, really, it’s not.) But on my one visit there I picked up this pretty yarn, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in Slate. It’s merino and so nice. The colors are hard to describe, but they go between olive green and a sort of slate blue. I’d been wanting to knit the popular Ravelry pattern for A Noble Cowl, so I made that my most recent project. Sometimes after a project is done I wish I’d made a different yarn choice, but this wasn’t one of them. Love this yarn with this pattern! I think I’m going to wear this all winter long.
I don’t like making scarves because they are so boring. Knit or crochet a nice pattern…then do it on seemingly infinite repeat. Yawn! But I really wanted a new gray one to wear this winter, so I decided to limit my Ravelry searches to patterns that use only bulky yarn. This one, the Anesha Crochet Lace Scarf, worked up very quickly and is very pretty too. I only had to do 10 repeats of the pattern and I alternated crocheting each one with other household tasks (laundry! crochet repeat! dishes! crochet repeat! vacuum! crochet repeat!…) to finish it in just one afternoon. I used Brava Bulky from KnitPicks so the yarn is soft and washable. I wouldn’t be able to block it to lay flat like the designer’s example scarf, but I think this one is meant to curl and drape anyway, and easy washabality seemed important to me. It’s like the Fancy Nancy of quick, easy scarves. Ooh la la!
How can this sweet baby be two already? My forever baby (because she’s the last) isn’t technically a baby anymore, but when my husband suggested I should stop calling her that I just rolled my eyes. I hope I’m lucky enough to be calling her my baby when she’s a mother herself. She had an ice cream-themed birthday party to reflect her great love of that dessert, which she calls “ceam.” Her dress is made from New Look 6796 out of fabric from the Kanvas What’s the Scoop line. Her big sister made her the matching cape (who doesn’t need a cape to go with her birthday dress?) and I crocheted the hat. I couldn’t find a hat pattern that looked like ice cream, so I used the Lion Brand Cone Hat pattern and then did a headband of crocodile stitches and sewed it to the brim. I think people could tell what it was supposed to be, and she loves it, which is most important anyway. Happy birthday my Daphne!
I make or buy new aprons periodically. They aren’t investment pieces, right? Aprons are meant to be worn, to get dirty, to get worn out. I usually have one that I wear basically every day while I’m cooking dinner, and a couple others hanging just for fun. Maybe a lightweight one for when canvas is too hot, or a cute vintage one just because. I had a purchased sturdy canvas one that had been a favorite for a year or so, but it was starting to look like I’d cooked a few too many meals in it. For my new one I just cut around the last one to replicate the shape. I used this cute Premier Prints Arrow fabric from Fabric.com (I know, more arrows! I can’t help it.) And I put my name on it with the embroidery machine because why not? The big improvement I made over the last one I had was that I added a nice, deep pocket to the front. Now the the only reason I’ll have food smeared all over the front of my clothes is the fact that I live with a 2-year-old.
This is Daphne’s birthday gift. I bought a collection of pretty bows for her from an Etsy seller, but decided to make her a holder for them myself. I painted a piece of canvas board, using a cork to make the white dots. Then I glued ribbon on it for hanging it and for clipping the bows when they come in. Daphne has the greatest hair ever (I’m not biased!) and doesn’t mind wearing things in it, so I think this will make a fun and useful gift for her.