I finished the Candy Corn hat. I like how it came out, although if I make it again I will do a few things differently.
I have a glass pumpkin that I fill with candy corn at Halloween time. I used it to hold the hat while I was doing the decreases close to the top and it made the whole thing a lot easier to work with.
I’m getting better about taking pictures so that I can have the time/date stamp on the original picture, but I can also crop it out for blog and Ravelry posts.
I went through more trouble with this hat that I normally do with a simple hat. I didn’t change colors when I should have. The yellow should be a few rows less and the white a few rows more. It didn’t bother me badly enough to rip it out and redo it, but I made notes on the project page so that if I make another one (and I’m sure I will) I can do the color changes differently.
I skipped a decrease and didn’t notice until several rows later when I realized I was getting a different number of stitches between one of the markers. It bugged me enough to try to fix it even though it probably wouldn’t have been noticeable on the hat. I dropped a few stitches back, made the decrease, and “knit” it back up with a crochet hook. Because it was a decrease that meant that the two columns of stitches were now one column of stitches and there was more yarn to work with. The ladders that resulted were wide enough that I thought they may not block out. Still, it was nice to know that I could have fixed it without ripping it all back if I wanted to. I felt really clever. Had not the yarn been acrylic I might have just let the ladders stay and see what happened during washing and blocking.
On to the mitts.
Is it true? Is it here? Is Fall weather really happening? I hope so, because I have scarves and hats and mitts to wear. Sweaters that haven’t seen the light of day in months are calling to me from the closet.
I have things like this that need to be finished and sent of so they can be worn:
There is a wool skirt in my future, as soon as I finish my mother’s shawl and cast on for the skirt. There are new tins of tasty tea waiting to be enjoyed while wrapped in an afghan. I would really prefer it to be Winter now, but I’m willing to be patient as long as I can enjoy the nice cool weather of Fall.
Keaton will find a comfy spot no matter where I am working.
I went to a baby shower today and had a lovely time. There were loads of lovely ladies, some who brought significant others that were given a comfy room in which to enjoy beverages away from the gaggle of ladies. There were tasty treats including these cookies that were iced in to die for icing. I got to catch up with extended family members that I rarely see and miss so very much.
I have the most gorgeous nieces. Here are three of them: Shannon, Suzy, and Elise.
I watched my niece open a large pile of fancy and fabulous presents and had more than one moment of jealousy that I no longer have little babies in my life to shower with tiny adorable outfits, fluffy blankets, and wee booties. The accessories that the new moms have nowadays are nothing short of miraculous. Imagine – baby wipe warmers. How cool is that? I made a mental list of what I will have to purchase when I am finally blessed with grandchildren.
Here is the lovely mommy-to-be with the blanket:
I’m really not feeling a tiny bit smug that my gift got passed around the room and snuggled.
I finished this cute little blanket made out of yarn that looks like it was spun from fiber harvested from Easter bunnies and unicorns. The knitting ladies tried to claim that I trapped and skinned the animals, but I assure you this is a total falsehood. I am not Lady Voldemort come to vindicate her mate, I’m simply a dedicated auntie that found some really fluffy yarn on sale at Zim’s (sniffle) before it went out of business. This will be gifted to the mother to be on Sunday.
This left me free to forge ahead with my Halloween
obsession decorating and crafting.
Candy corn hat. The pattern uses chunky yarn and I’m using worsted weight, so I had to swatch (gasp) to calculate the number of cast on stitches and how many rows I want for each color. I’m using the pattern to help me figure out the decreases since I’ve never knit such a pointy hat before.
I’ve had this yarn for a few months and although I tried to leave it for next year, I finally succumbed and cast on for another pair of Halloween socks.
This yarn seriously gives me a happy.
Candy Corn socks. Not to be confused with Candy Cane socks.
In between moments of knitting and crocheting, this has been happening.
Pay no attention the cat that is, oddly enough, ignoring me.
Yeah, I think I got this.
During one of the Texas trips, I finished a baby blanket that sadly does not get to go to the expected baby. Some things may turn out to be blessings in disguise but sure don’t seem like it at the time. The blanket has been put away and will await its opportunity to resurface at a later time.
I finished a bunch of socks up to the heels and now I have a nice, neat little pile of mindless knitting suitable for car trips or knit night. One of the green socks is already finished.
A Texas dishcloth seemed like a nice project to do while I was in Texas.
The end of summer, Labor Day and imminent start of Fall has lead to a few starts:
I received a Facebook friend request from a niece that I thought was already on my list. This led me to think that said niece might be pregnant and I was betting I was about to get a baby shower invite. I clicked Confirm and minutes later the baby shower invite arrived. I did a quick rearrange of some planned knitting and a baby blanket was bumped to the top of the queue. This along with a candy corn hat for Chynna and the second Ghostie Sock has been cast on.
Halloween stitch markers, in Halloween Tupperware, with Halloween yarn… it’s coming! I have to get ready 🙂
Is Sept too early to start decorating? Is there a hard, fast rule like no white open toed shoes after Labor Day? I hope hot pink ones are okay because I just ordered these: